Athletics club digs foundation for solid future

TLJT athletes gathered on Sunday to accept their clubs's Accreditiation Award from Scottish Athletics Regional DO Jamie McDonald
TLJT athletes gathered on Sunday to accept their clubs's Accreditiation Award from Scottish Athletics Regional DO Jamie McDonald

They may only have been up and running for four years but Tweed Leader Jed Track certainly aren’t dragging their feet as far as development is concerned.

On Sunday the Tweedbank based athletics club were presented with their Scottish Athletics Foundation level Clubmark award from the national body’s East Region Development Officer Jamie McDonald.

This marks a major milestone in the club’s development having came about following a year long period of developing their coaching systems and then being audited by Scottish Athletics. The Clubmark scheme recognises that TLJT have the basics of organizing and running the club right and places them on the first level of a two tier scheme.

Mr McDonald told TheSouthern: “These guys have done an amazing job in a relatively short space of time.

“Basically the award is about being safe, effective and well organised and TLJT have worked really hard to achieve these areas of good practice to a really high standard.

“They have all the key attributes in place such as child protection welfare good management and registration protocols.

“This benefits the clubs by making them better organised which in turn helps grow and progress with their membership.”

Indeed the club has already excelled in that area. From their original 20 members they now have over 80 competing members on their books aged from age 7-72.

TLJT coach Bruce Scott told us: “The idea of trying to gain the quality mark for the club has been muted since we started but we have only really been working towards it for the last year.

“We were nearly there at the start of the season with just one or two things needing tweaked so we are absolutely thrilled to now be in possession of it.

“It is credit to the hard work of both the coaches and athletes at the club as well as parents and other volunteers that we have been able to achieve it so quickly.”

“We are very proud as a club to have taken the organisation from just a few runners in 2009 to a well organised and well run fully accredited club in just over four years.” There are five Scottish Athletics affiliated clubs in the Borders, TLJT, Gala Harriers, Teviotdale, Moorfoot and Chirnside with the Tweedbank outfit becoming only the second to achieve the award. Having now fulfilled this status the club will now be in a position to further advance from foundation award to grow to Podium level.