Our Athletics and Cross Country Club (ACCC) recently applied to Sport England for a grant of £3,561 – we are thrilled to report this application was successful!

The funding will be used for new indoor high jump mats and an indoor shot put throwing circle platform.

Jon Pairman, President of ACCC, says: “This equipment is essential for athletics training during the winter and when the weather is poor. Currently the only athletics track in Southampton closes off the high jump mats when the weather is poor, so for the entirety of September through to March/April we cannot train for high jump at all. Shot put is possible, but not ideal as the outdoor pit is filled with mud/gravel so it is quite grim when it has been raining! The nearest indoor athletics facility is Brunel in West London – organising travel there is difficult and time consuming plus its is very expensive.”

This new equipment can be used by anyone, and not just students, so it benefits the wider Southampton community. The local club, Southampton AC, will definitely be able to make full use of it. An example of the new high jump can be seen in the photo above.

Jon explained how new members of ACCC can lose interest if the equipment isn’t up to standards. He says “We are confident this equipment will change this for the better, leading to increased participation in sport at Uni and hopefully we will be able to start entering more field eventers into BUCS.”

Congrats to ACCC on their good news!

 

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