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 GroupDisciplineCoach NameContact Number
Men and Women
SprintsBrian Dowling085 254 5579
Men and Women
Middle Distance & EnduranceSarah Kearns087 252 6434
Men & Women U17-U20Sprints, High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump & WalkingBrian Dowling085 254 5579
Boys & Girls U16 upwardsSprintsLiz Hogan087 653 5398
Boys 2003 and olderMiddle Distance & EnduranceEvelyn McNelis086 826 2493
Girls 2003 and olderMiddle Distance & EnduranceLarry Dunne087 250 8015
Boys/Girls U13 upwards including SeniorsHurdles, high jump, long jump & triple jumpCera Nolan086 858 0229
Boys/Girls U13 upwards including SeniorsThrowsTony Shine087 675 3922
Girls 2004 & 2005Martin Luby086 358 3945
Boys 2004 to 2008Joe Sheridan087 230 4337
Girls 2006Sarah Farmer085 111 7549
Girls 2007Muriel O’Keeffe087 238 2973
Girls 2008Larry Dunne087 250 8015
Boys/Girls 2009Sarah Kearns087 252 6434
Boys/Girls 2010Breen McManus086 851 4726
Boys/Girls 2011Sarah Kearns087 252 6434

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