Athletics Ireland Update

To the Athletics Community,
The health and safety of the Athletics community is our priority at this time and we are more than ever determined to be proactive regarding precautions to limit the spread of the Covid 19 virus. We continue to closely monitor the outbreak and the advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team and the HSE.
We understand that the decision to suspend all athletic competitions, coaching courses, club training and events is disappointing to all athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and supporters, nevertheless, we are sure that you understand that the decision was taken in the best interests, not just of the athletics community, but for all the people of Ireland.
We have made robust plans for Athletics Ireland to exit this crisis in a strong position and the Board along with our staff are united in our determination to deliver our mission to support and develop the athletes of Ireland of all ages, disciplines and abilities and to contribute positively to increasing physical activity levels across the entire population. With this in mind we have initiated virtual training programmes and runs for all to participate in at this time and we believe that running and walking activities will soar in the coming weeks.
Although we have physically closed our office, all Athletics Ireland staff are operating our business from their homes. Operating telephones and emails remotely is minimising disruption to our organisation and we are ensuring this time is spent productively so that when we get through this crisis we can resume full operations immediately.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued efforts, while it is a strange place we find ourselves in we can but look forward to the future where we will meet again in happier circumstances. We will continue to monitor developments and update you all on our website and social media channels on a regular basis.
Please take care, remain vigilant and be safe.
Georgina Drumm, Athletics Ireland President &
Hamish Adams, Athletics Ireland Chief Executive Officer

Latest update from Athletics Ireland

Dear Club Secretary,

Following the latest announcement from our Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar yesterday announcing All organised indoor and outdoor events of any size are not to take place.

The effect of this government decision means that no Athletics Ireland Provinces, County Boards, Clubs or affiliates can operate in any capacity. As such no insurance covers of Athletics Ireland for Provinces, County Boards, Clubs and individuals are operational during this period.

For clarification;

The AAI personal accident covers any registered member who is injured as a result of an accident at an official club event or during official club training. This policy does not cover individuals training at their own discretion.

The government directive has now shut down all club activity hence the withdrawal of our club personal accident cover.

During these unprecedented times we need to act responsibly and we appreciate your cooperation in temporarily closing all club activity.

Regards

Hamish Adams
Chief Executive Officer
Athletics Ireland

Covid-19 Latest Update!

Please note the latest advice from the HSE below, via Athletics Ireland.

Dear Stakeholder,

As part of the continued national response to the rapidly-shifting challenges of Coronavirus COVID-19, we firstly want to wish you good health and wellbeing.

Most of you will be aware that social distancing measures continue to be paramount and every citizen is being asked to take the necessary precautions. Many of the new materials developed below are helping to get this message out.

Partner Pack
The digital partner pack continues to be updated and can be downloaded online at:

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/partner-resources/
The digital partner pack contains:

  • The most up to date posters on Coronavirus COVID-19 (please display and share these as widely as you can, and please replace any previous posters that you might have used with the updated version)
  • Videos that you can share and display
  • Leaflets, social media assets and more

Key Updates
Here are some important additions and updates for you:

Next Updates Expected
Early next week, the digital partner pack is also expected to include a booklet on Coronavirus COVID-19. We will make this available in a number of formats with different audiences in mind.

For the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to:

We would be grateful if you would let us know if your organisation has any specific requests or urgent needs in relation to Coronavirus COVID-19 public health information materials.
If you do, please email us at Partner.Pack@hse.ie to let us know.

Thank you in advance for your support at this important time. A reminder be mindful of your mental health during this time, try to keep to a routine, maintain a healthy, balanced diet, and remember social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation. Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support.

Important Notice

Hi all hope everyone is keeping safe, it has come to my attention that there has been requests to use the club and facilities. Please can I stress the crucial importance of all of us to adhere strictly to HSE guidelines in relation to social distancing and other aspects of the current Covid 19 pandemic. The club is closed until further notice. It is not possible to ensure member safety or potential infection from Covid 19 virus as the club does not have resources to disinfect between individual member’s use. We have a duty of care to all our members that we take very seriously. Thank you and keep safe. Regards Edell Lenehan.

Leinster Championships

Some of our juvenile athletes were competing at Day 3 & 4 of the Leinster Championships in the National Indoor Arena Abbottstown over the weekend. On Saturday Ciaran Herdman competed brilliantly in the Junior age level, coming first in the High Jump, second in the Triple Jump and seventh in the Long jump. On Sunday Ciaran added to his medal haul with a silver medal in the U18 High Jump and gold in the U18 Triple Jump. Also on Sunday Amy Callaghan, Niamh Quinn and Amy Bellew all threw very well in the U17 shot putt event. Amy Callaghan threw a pb of 11.97m to win gold while Niamh also threw a pb of 10. 68m to win the bronze medal. Amy Callaghan also jumped very well in the U17 high jump coming fourth. Well done to them all.

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