Another innovation that helped Durham City Harriers meet the Clubmark standards was the introduction of the Athletics 365 curriculum around which to structure junior coaching sessions and the inclusion of short format athletics competition on a regular basis in order to measure athletic development. Coaching sessions delivered to under 13 athletes are now structured around the athletics skills and competencies set out in the Athletics 365 coaching manual. Every three months athletes are given the opportunity to test their skills using either the Quadkids or Sportshall athletics formats. In this way they can monitor their own progress as they start to run faster, jump further or throw further.
Was all the effort worthwhile? Andy Billett, Club Chair, feels that the process has helped new Committee members who assisted in the renewal process gain a better understanding of how the Club works. “It has brought the Committee together in a shared goal of renewing Clubmark which will improve how the Committee operates going forward. I am indebted to a very talented group of volunteers who have helped in the Clubmark renewal process. The twin aims of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all members and allowing them to develop their athletics talents while enjoying the sport are central to the ethos of Durham City Harriers. These aims are also central to the Clubmark standards. Renewing Clubmark will have a positive and lasting impact on the club."