Settle Harriers achieves Clubmark
Settle Harriers has achieved the prestigious Clubmark award from England Athletics, the community sports club accreditation which recognises high standards.
Club chairman Alex Pilkington said: “For us it is the culmination of a couple of years of hard work developing policies, plans and providing training for coaches and running assistants. We are delighted to be gaining the accreditation.”
Settle Harriers, whose members are predominantly involved in fell running, has a thriving junior section and more than 200 members across all ages.
The club has developed its coaching structure over the last few years so that it now has three event specialist coaches, 3 level two coaches and 10 leaders in running fitness, all helping youngsters aged from eight upwards to discover a love of running and develop their skills.
It also has a popular club championship, which has this season seen up to 40 children take part in races all over the north of England.
The club’s dedication is paying dividends with notable individual successes. Settle Harriers’ level two coach Mike Egner was recently crowned both the FRA MV60 national champion and the BOFRA MV60 champion – which is believed to be the first time this has been achieved in the same season by any athlete.
UK Athletics representative Nick Settle presented the Clubmark award at junior training on Tuesday.
He said: “Settle Harriers has worked hard to achieve this standard. It is a real bonus to the community to have such a top quality sports club in its midst.”
Settle Harriers juniors meet on Tuesdays at Eshtons in Giggleswick. Anyone interested in joining in should contact Andy Evans by email at firstname.lastname@example.org