A UNIQUE athletics challenge concepted by a Castlefin man is now being rolled out nationwide.
Athletics Ireland this week announced a six-week in-house club league to start this Sunday, February 14.
The idea was first mooted by Dermot McGranaghan, a regional development officer with Athletics Ireland.
Over 500 children from Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Sligo and Leitrim took part before Christmas and now the national body have adopted the idea.
“It was great to give the clubs and especially the young kids some sort of challenge in the way of competition throughout the lockdown,” the Finn Valley AC clubman said.
“It has been a difficult and challenging year for athletes with national championships being called off. The challenge was something to keep the athletes active and competitive.”
Former Irish Olympic Team Manager Patsy McGonagle welcomed the news. He said: “This is something to get us beyond the level 5 restrictions and it’s very exciting for young athletes.
“With clubs having to submit results, it adds a competitive element that athletes have been missing recently. This virtual challenge has to be the last push to get us beyond Covid restrictions and back into more normal competition, but it’s great that out athletes now have this as an outlet.”
The process for the new in-house club league is detailed below
1 – Each club selects mixed teams
Clubs select teams of mixed age groups, gender and ability,
so if your club has 100 athletes select 10 teams of 10.
2 – Assign club coaches to mentor each team
Mentors to collect results from their own teams and send
to designated person in club to compile results table.
3 – Record your results over six weeksRecord the results on an excel file and submit to theclub pro to post on the clubs social Media pages.
4 – Ready, Steady, Go!
Record the results on an excel file and submit to the
club pro to post on the clubs social Media pages.
The Challenge starts week commencing 14th February
For more information please contact your RDO
WEEK 1 – 200M
WEEK 2 – 400M
WEEK 3- SPEED BOUNCE 20 SECONDS
WEEK 4- 100M
WEEK 5- STEPPER 30 SECONDS
WEEK 6- 300M