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.


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