Fundraising 

Bicester Athletic Club is launching a campaign to raise £100,000 for a new track and field area. The Athletics club, which has over 230 members aged eight and above, needs to fundraise to replace old and damaged facilities.

The cost of new all-weather facilities is £100,000 which the club will need to find themselves. They have many exciting fundraising activities planned.

The existing jumps faciliy is 13 years old and have been damaged by tree roots, weather and general wear and tear.

The budding Olympians can no longer use long, high and triple jump run ups due to health and safety fears arising from uneven surfaces.

The jumping juniors will be out and about in Bicester in the near future and we hope the community will dig deep to launch the campaign off to a good start. There will also be tins in shops and business around the town, so please donate your gold, silver and bronze coins.

Local businesses can have the opportunity to be a bronze, silver or gold medal donor and show their support for these young athletes.

“We have so many talented youngsters in our club, but the lack of decent facilities is hampering their progress. Some of our best athletes have gone on to other clubs and we are losing our home-grown talent,” said Emma Gould, Junior Coach at the club. “Without safe run ups for jumping and throwing we are also unable to hold competitions against the other local clubs.”

“Without the facilities Bicester youngsters won’t have the opportunity of realising their sporting potential. Wouldn’t it be great if Bicester produced an Olympic athlete or two?”

Long jump is steeped in history and the sport first included in the ancient Olympics as part of the pentathlon in 708BC.

The club caters for all children of any ability aged eight and above and has competitions all year round both indoor and outdoor as well as competing in Cross County Leagues.

 

Handing over the Fundraising Baton

Bicester Athletic Club youngster, Simon Cheeseman (12) is the latest to undertake a sponsored event to support the campaign to raise £100,000 for a new track and field area.

Simon was handed the fundraising baton by fellow athlete, Cyrus Ariana (nine), who raised nearly £900 by running a mile a day throughout August.

Simon is now taking on the next leg by walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall on a virtual 90-mile challenge, at three miles a day for September. Dressed as a Roman and carrying a Bicester Athletic Club shirt shield, Simon has already raised £500 with residents of Ambrosden tooting their support as they drive by.

Clare Kavanagh of the fundraising committee said “Cyrus and Simon have shown what can be achieved by our young athletes and are a credit to the club. Their outstanding fundraising efforts are a valuable addition to the fundraising campaign.”

All money raised will go towards the cost of new all-weather facilities estimated at £100,000 which the club will need to find themselves. www.bicesterac.co.uk/bac-club-information/volunteers/fundraising-committee/.

The club caters for all children of any ability aged eight and above and has competitions all year round both indoor and outdoor which includes cross county.

Any local business or resident wishing to get involved or sponsor Simon should visit his fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/walklikearoman or can donate to the club via their website. The club welcomes new members of any ability who want to improve their fitness or parents/carers who want to volunteer. See website for details.

Fundraising Campaign Launch – (Aug 21)

Bicester Athletic Club is launching a campaign to raise £100,000 for a new track and field area. The junior club, which has over 200 members aged eight and above, needs to fundraise to replace old and damaged facilities.

The cost of new all-weather facilities is £100,000 which the club will need to find themselves. They have many exciting fundraising activities planned and will be reporting on their progress via their jump-o-meter displayed on their website  www.bicesterac.co.uk/bac-club-information/volunteers/fundraising-committee/.

The existing jump, discus and javelin facilities are 13 years old and have been damaged by tree roots, weather and general wear and tear.

The budding Olympians will soon be unable to use long, high and triple jump run ups.

Under 11 athlete, Cyrus Ariana, has proved he is up for a challenge and is running a mile a day throughout August. The youngster is being sponsored for his efforts with all monies raised going towards new throw and jump facilities.

With a fair few miles already under his belt, Cyrus ran a mile at club training, supported by parents and athletes running with him.

“We have so many talented youngsters in our club, but the lack of decent facilities is hampering their progress. Some of our best athletes have gone on to other clubs and we are losing our home-grown talent,” said Emma Gould, Junior Coach at the club. “Without our own all-weather track and field facilities we are also unable to hold competitions against the other local clubs. Without the facilities Bicester youngsters won’t have the opportunity of realising their sporting potential. Wouldn’t it be great if Bicester produced an Olympic athlete or two?”

The club caters for all children of any ability aged eight and above and has competitions all year round both indoor and outdoor which includes cross county.

Anyone wishing to get involved or sponsor Cyrus should visit his fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cyrusa?utm_term=5MJgxBvWJ or can donate to the club via the website. The club welcomes new members of any ability who want to improve their fitness or parents who want to volunteer. See website for details.

Written by W Cheeseman

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