Important Notice: Phase 1 Return To Training
Athletics Ireland has issued new guidelines to clubs regarding returning to training. Members are advised to familiarise themselves with the documents which lists the expectations on clubs, coaches and members.
The Naas AC Committee met on Monday 18th to discuss how we can recommence training on a limited scale. The requirements at this point are very strict, so necessarily the Phase 1 training will be very limited and targeted to older athletes only, who may be eligible for participation in regional and national senior events, as well as a potential Dublin Graded Series which may be scheduled later in the summer.
All plans will be reviewed once Phase 2 of the national recovery plan has been announced.
Training Guidelines during the Phase 1 Return
Training is strictly limited to groups from U16s upwards and only for those groups coached by Brian Dowling; Larry Dunne, Martin Luby and Tony Shine.
Coaches will be in contact with individual athletes to arrange and plan training sessions. Training sessions will be strictly limited to a maximum of 3 athletes in distinct and separate groups per coach. This will necessarily involve a level of selection in these extraordinary times. This is to ensure we focus on athletes who may be competing at the limited higher levels of national competition this summer. Additionally only those athletes living within 5km of the track will be eligible to participate.
Training sessions will be booked in advance to ensure a clear record of attendance (important should contact tracing become an issue in the future).
Coaches will send more detailed instructions to athletes. This will include key requirements such as athletes bringing hand sanitiser, arriving no early than 5 minutes before a session, observing strict social distancing at all times and all Sports Centre facilities being unavailable.
No athlete should attend training, or use the track facilities, unless this has been explicitly confirmed by their coach who must be in attendance to ensure compliance with all requirements. This is to ensure that hygiene is tightly maintained at the track, for which each coach is appointed as a Covid-19 officer and has additional responsibilities regarding cleaning of equipment, padlocks, etc.
There is some overlap in age and event discipline categories between coaches, but the following list should be used as a reference for the first point of contact. Individual coaches may have their own waiting lists.
|Age Group||Discipline||Coach Name||Contact Number|
Men and Women
|Sprints||Brian Dowling||085 254 5579|
Men and Women
|Middle Distance & Endurance||Sarah Kearns||087 252 6434|
|Men & Women U17-U20||Sprints, High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump & Walking||Brian Dowling||085 254 5579|
|Boys & Girls U16 upwards||Sprints||Liz Hogan||087 653 5398|
|Boys 2003 and older||Middle Distance & Endurance||Evelyn McNelis||086 826 2493|
|Girls 2003 and older||Middle Distance & Endurance||Larry Dunne||087 250 8015|
|Boys/Girls U13 upwards including Seniors||Hurdles, high jump, long jump & triple jump||Cera Nolan||086 858 0229|
|Boys/Girls U13 upwards including Seniors||Throws||Tony Shine||087 675 3922|
|Girls 2004 & 2005||Martin Luby||086 358 3945|
|Boys 2004 to 2008||Joe Sheridan||087 230 4337|
|Girls 2006||Sarah Farmer||085 111 7549|
|Girls 2007||Muriel O’Keeffe||087 238 2973|
|Girls 2008||Larry Dunne||087 250 8015|
|Boys/Girls 2009||Sarah Kearns||087 252 6434|
|Boys/Girls 2010||Breen McManus||086 851 4726|
|Boys/Girls 2011||Sarah Kearns||087 252 6434|