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Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000


Each year the Herts County Athletic Network organises and runs between 20 and 28 development events across the County for volunteers, coaches, officials and athletes. The Network is staffed by volunteers, we raise funds for all our activities. We try to raise approximately £10000 per year to be able to hold events such as the ones described below.

The aims of the Hertfordshire County Athletic Network (HCAN) are to develop increased participation in sport, through developing coaches, officials, athletes (both competitive and non competitive) and building volunteering in the many roles available.

The Network’s role includes encouraging all young people to become involved in sporting activities, and increased sections of the local community to get involved in sport through volunteering. We wholeheartedly encourage sections of society who would not normally venture into a sporting environment ; ethnic minority groups, older people, deprived areas, disability groups, disaffected young people to come along and participate or volunteer.

We run a Herts Young Athletic Leaders Academy for young people between 15 and 18 years, committed members of an Athletic or Road Running Clubs, athletes or volunteers. Consideration is given to young people committed to athletics within their school and willing to volunteer and work with younger school pupils. They must commit to the programme throughout the year and work within their club or school, volunteering where appropriate. The Academy offers access to subsidised Athletics qualifications 6 workshops covering administration, club management, event management, volunteering, team building, fund raising, grants and sponsorship, promotion and marketing, safeguarding. It provides them with an enhanced CV. The opportunity to start coaching in clubs and their own school Access to opportunities through National Young Coaches Academy. Support from the Hertfordshire County Athletics Network Coach Mentor The opportunity to volunteer at County Events and organise and run at least one event as an Academy. It is fully inclusive.

Every year we hold Talent Identification days and invite disabled young people in Hertfordshire to come along to try athletics events. Through these events we have grown a fantastic group of young people who are the Herts Disability Squad. This amazing squad comprises young people with CP, in wheelchairs, visually and hearing impaired and amputees as well as other more specific conditions.

Having attended the TI day, they are invited to join their local athletic club or to come along to the squad training centre on a training evening to continue their sporting activities. They are supported throughout by Network club coaches and their fellow squad members who are the most incredible mentors, many who have been working and competing together now for several years.

We also invite schools from the county clubs catchment areas to bring along selected Year 7/8 pupils for a day to experience athletics. We specifically ask the clubs to nominate schools in their areas.

The day is aimed at those pupils that the school feel would benefit from an opportunity to train with experienced county club coaches leading the events in an exciting top class environment.

There is no cost to the schools for this event and many of the coaches who assist the lead coaches are young people who have previously gone through our Young Leaders Academy , have attained their Assistant Coach qualification and are working towards or have already qualified as Athletics Coach.

Hertfordshire County Athletic Network

Moment of Pride

I am so proud of the fact that every year we put on fantastic events for so many people, our Academy is regularly oversubscribed and our schools events have been a huge success. All of this is done by volunteers.

Location: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom