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Newark Athletic Club president previews plans as lockdown restrictions ease

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The town’s biggest athletics club plans to return to training on March 30 ahead of an action-packed schedule.

Newark Athletic Club, in-line with the government’s roadmap, will resume its training sessions at the end of the month.

The club has also been boosted by three ‘home’ fixtures in the North of England League as the club looks to take advantage of the YMCA’s facilities.

Gareth Bagguley, club president. (45032688)
Gareth Bagguley, club president. (45032688)

Gareth Bagguley, club president, said the number of athletes who had renewed their membership demonstrated the positive and hopeful attitudes members had about returning.

“The YMCA plans to open up on March 29, so our plan is to get back as quick as possible for that Tuesday (March 30)” said Bagguley.

“We will follow the same pattern as we did during December when we were allowed to train before Christmas, so it will be a booking system to get things in place and then we will see how it moves on from there.

“We were pleasantly surprised to see how many people stayed with us throughout the whole of last year.

“I was surprised that 100-plus wanted to renew their membership.”

Athletes will have the chance to compete again on May 22 in the North of England League.

“Fortunately, because of the super new stadium (YMCA) we have basically got three home matches,” said Bagguley.

“We are promoting a fixture at the YCMA, Rushcliffe are putting one of their fixtures on there and Worksop are also putting the last fixture on at the YMCA as well.

“For us, to have three of the four meetings, is great.

“It is good for the stadium as well.”

He said the transition to the YMCA had surpassed expectations.

Bagguley said: “If you take high jump for example, we roll back the cover, put the stands up and then we have a high jump bed to train and compete on.

“It used to take 25 to 30 minutes to get our old bed out, get it on the grass, put it together and then it would obviously be the same to get it back in.”

He also highlighted the hammer cage as something the club had taken advantage of.

“In all the time I have been a member of the club, that’s since 1971, we had never had access to a hammer cage or a licence to officially throw,” he said.

“So it is things like that which have been really good for us.”

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