Monday, February 15, 2021

Ratoath Athletic Club among the 6 finalist in the sports category of the national lottery good causes awards

 We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to be among the 6 finalist in the sports category of the national lottery good causes award, we are also one of the 36 finalist for the overall prize. Our club committee has worked for many years to develop our tartan sprint & field event track and without the support of the national lottery this would have never happened. 

 



We are delighted for our members, families, volunteers and our community this is well deserved recognition for all the hard work building and developing a future for our club💙💛

Fingers crossed for the final🤞.


Best of luck to all the finalist.  #GoodCausesAwards .



https://www.lottery.ie/good-causes-awards

Friday, January 22, 2021

AAI Covid-19 Guidance – 22/01/21

 

AAI Covid-19 Guidance 22/01/21

The Athletics Ireland Covid Group continue to work closely with the Sport Ireland Expert Group in regard to providing our members with regular updates and information during this difficult time. We are coordinating regular, on-going discussions with key stakeholders on a return to competition as soon as possible and we thank you all for your patience regarding this challenging matter.

Covid-19 Athletics FAQ’s

1. Can members run and exercise in public parks?

Yes, on an individual basis and not in groups. Persons may exercise in pairs being mindful of others and keep a social distance between other park users. Avoid congregating in groups when exercising outdoors. Please be mindful of pedestrians at all times. Remember that exercise can only be taken with one other person under level 5 restrictions.

2. Can athletics clubs open their facilities for individuals to use for exercise?

No, all clubs must remain closed at this time. The only exception is for a small group of high-

performance athletes who have an exemption to continue to train. These athletes have a letter of exemption from the HPD. Access to facilities by high performance athletes should be agreed locally with the club.

3. Are AAI registered club members covered by AAI insurance when exercising from home?

Yes, if the session is part of a coordinated programme supplied by their club, the AAI personal accident insurance is in place. Additionally, all AAI registered members participating on a live virtual club training session facilitated by their club coach are also covered under the AAI personal accident insurance cover.

4. What are the international travel guidelines?

Athletics Ireland is following the Department of Foreign Affairs guidelines as per the EU Traffic Light System. Note all guidance can be found here https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/e40d7-travelling- outside-of-ireland/

Current Government guidance for level 5 for exercise and sport is as follows: Exercise and sporting events
Training

People may meet with people from one other household in outdoor settings when taking exercise. No indoor or outdoor exercise group activities, including those involving children, should take place. Outdoor golf and tennis are not permitted.

Individual training only. No exercise or dance classes. No indoor or outdoor gatherings involving “individual training” except for professional and elite sports.

Matches and Events

Professional, elite sports, horse racing, greyhound racing and approved equestrian events only are permitted to continue behind closed doors.

No other matches or events are to take place.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools are closed.

Full details of level 5 restrictions can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2dc71-level-5/

Friday, January 1, 2021

Level 5 lockdown Email from athletics Ireland Dec 30th 2020

To All Athletics Ireland Members,

From midnight last night Ireland entered a new Level 5 lockdown with very strict guidelines in place to limit the spread of the virus due to its increasing spread. We await specific athletics implications from Sport Ireland but note the following advice below which can be found at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2dc71-level-5/

We request that all our members follow the latest government advice during this challenging time and please ensure that you all stay safe and healthy.

Exercise and sporting events

Training

People may meet with people from one other household in outdoor settings when taking exercise.

No indoor or outdoor exercise group activities, including those involving children, should take place.

Outdoor golf and tennis are not permitted.

Individual training only. No exercise or dance classes. No indoor or outdoor gatherings involving “individual training” except for professional and elite sports.

Matches and events

Professional, elite sports, horse racing, greyhound racing and approved equestrian events only are permitted to continue behind closed doors.

No other matches or events are to take place.

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools must close from close of business on 31 December. 

No organised indoor or outdoor gatherings should take place.

Regards

 

Hamish Adams
Chief Executive Officer
Athletics Ireland
T: +353 1 886 9933
M: +353 86 3502552

W: www.athleticsireland.ie

Monday, December 28, 2020

Sport Ireland Level 5 Covid Information Dec 24th 2020

 Dear Sport Ireland Stakeholder,

Between December 24th 2020 and January 12th 2021 Ireland will move into Level 5 of the Governments Resilience and Recovery Plan.

Full details on those measures can be viewed here:

The below should be noted in relation to sport & exercise.

Outdoor sporting facilities for example golf courses and tennis courts may remain open.

Participants in unsupervised/un-coached activity should be from a maximum of 2 households.

Supervised/coached non-contact training in pods of up to 15 may take place outdoors.


3. All other training activities should be individual only. Sport Ireland has previously distributed Guidance to the Sector on Individual and Indoor Training. This Guidance can be viewed here:

4. No Competition or Events should take place.

5. Exemptions to Training & Matches apply to certain professional, elite sports, horse-racing, greyhound racing and approved equestrian events. Such events should take place behind closed doors.

6. Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools may remain open for individual training only.

7. No exercise or dance classes are permitted.
Travel for non-exempt sporting activity should be in line with the broader Government advice. Full details on current travel can be found here




Regards

Hamish Adams
Chief Executive Officer
Athletics Ireland
T: +353 1 886 9933
M: +353 86 3502552 W: www.athleticsireland.ie

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Email from Athletics Ireland

 Email from Athletics Ireland

To Our Members,

 

We wish to assure you all that we are working extremely hard for our membership to facilitate a return to competition as soon as government guidelines allow. Just this week we have submitted our second formal proposal in recent weeks to the Sport Ireland Expert Group for athletics to facilitate a safe return to competition in a format acceptable at Level 3. As a non-contact, outdoor sport we believe that we can facilitate safe training and competition in a gradual and structured manner within government guidelines. We have submitted evidence and noted our experience at supporting this approach.

 

Our internal Covid Group has provided you with weekly/fortnightly updates and we continue to lobby and engage proactively with many groups to support our cause. From weekly meetings with the Sport Ireland Expert Group, monthly meets with the Minister of Sport and collective lobbying with key decision makers to name but a few strategies. We all want a return to competition for all as soon as possible and we are all frustrated by some of the inconsistent government decisions in regard to a return to sport.

 

On a positive note we are one of the few Olympic sports that facilitated Championships over the Summer and we will continue to facilitate events for our exempted High Performance athletes e.g. The 30Km High Performance Walks time trial this weekend just gone. We are also delighted to have published competition dates for National Cross Country and National Indoors that we are working towards.

 

We have also lobbied hard to allow training to continue for School aged children during the recent lockdown and this has allowed us all to support the physical and mental well-being of members during the dark winter months.

 

As you can appreciate the R number is currently going in the wrong direction to support a prompt return to competition but we must all act in the best interests of our nation and follow the government advice which has our best interests at heart. We wish all our members a safe and Merry Christmas and please be patient during this exceptionally challenging time for our nation and our sport.

 

 

Best Regards

 

Hamish Adams                                   Georgina Drumm
Chief Executive Officer                       President

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Ratoath AC Half Marathon 2020 Cancelled

 

RATOATH AC HALF MARATHON 


2020  Cancelled


We regret to inform you that following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus we have decided to cancel Ratoath AC Half Marathon 2020.

 

We feel this is the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold our 2020 half marathon event as we know many were hopeful and had been looking forward to this event, but we know it’s the right decision for the health and safety of our participants, volunteer and community.

 

The good news is: we're now planning our 2021 event which will take place on Saturday the 11th of September 2021 we will be releasing more information on this over the next few weeks.

 

My run results will email all those registered over the next few days with the refund link. If you have not received this in a few days please check your spam folder 


Email:  ratoathathleticsroadrace@gmail.com for all enquiries

Monday, November 9, 2020

Athletics Ireland Covid FAQ – level 5 06/11/2020


 

06/11/2020
Athletics Ireland Covid FAQ
level 5

  1. What athletes can train during level 5? All elite athletes (definition below) and school going children and young people aged 18 years or below can attend club training.

  2. How many children can train together? Pods of 15 including the coaches can train outdoors together socially distanced and following good hygiene etiquette.

  3. How many pods are allowed in an outdoor setting? Multiple pods can train where space allows for social distancing.

  4. What is the definition of an elite athlete? Senior international athletes are defined as elite.

  5. Can school going children and elite athletes travel beyond 5km to attend training? Yes, they

    can.

  6. Can coaches travel beyond the 5km limit to deliver training sessions: Yes, coaches are

    allowed to travel over 5km to attend club training sessions.

  7. Can athletes and coaches cross county boundaries? Yes, if travelling to a club training.

  8. Can we use indoor facilities for training? No, indoor facilities remain closed under level 5.

  9. Do we have to continue using the Athletics Ireland booking app and health questionnaire

    before every training session? Yes, for contact tracing purposes the booking app and the health questionnaire should be used before each training session. See the following link for the booking app. https://membership.athleticsireland.ie/reservation.html

  10. Can athletes and coaches cross from the six counties into the Republic? Yes, for the purpose of delivering a club training session for school going children 18 years or younger and elite athletes.

  11. Does all equipment e.g. hurdles, javelins, shots, etc., require sanitising before and after use? Yes, the guidelines regarding sanitising equipment remain in place.

  12. Can adults train collectively in groups? No, only individual training for adults is allowed.

  13. Can competitions or matches take place? No, competitions or matches cannot take place in

    level 5.