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500 members


By CHRIS DOREY President, Honorary Secretary, JSAC


he Jersey Spartan Athletics Club is approaching its 35th ‘birthday’ and hopes to celebrate by breaking over 500 members in 2013. It is an exciting time for the sport in Jersey as the adrenaline generated by the London Olympics has brought athletics more in vogue than it has been since the Eighties.


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Contact Details: W: www.jerseyspartan.com E: jsac-secretary@hotmail.co.uk T: 07797 832101


The easiest way to learn about the club is by contacting club officials face to face on club nights (Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm)


Jersey Spartan is a club also moving forward with a noticeable uplift in local senior runners pounding the roads and parks in getting to their goals in times at distance running. A recent initiative is the building of a stronger franchise in this area with structured groups based at the FB Fields Clubhouse, St Clements on Tuesday and Thursday at 6.45pm. The coaches are now assisting growing numbers of enthusiastic senior runners of all ages and abilities who seek guidance on effective and enjoyable training techniques working in a group environment. This builds on the recent success in growing a successful junior mid-distance group structure which caters for youngsters from age 11 upwards.


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can celebrate Spartan’s 35th anniversary


This helped the juniors achieve a record haul of medals in Hampshire Cross Country in January 2012.


Club’s success is the dedication, enthusiasm and co-ordination between the 30 coaches who work selflessly with help from club officials and numerous volunteers to enable athletes to meet their personal goals. Each athlete is treated as an individual whilst being part of managed groups. The coaches help juniors aged 11 upwards as well as seniors to gain technical skills as well as


At the other end of the age spectrum is the thriving minis section from ages 7 to 10. The emphasis here is learning basic skills in a team atmosphere. Over the autumn and winter the schoolchildren enjoy sports hall challenges at Langford Hall on Sunday morning which culminates in the Regional Under 11 sports hall competition where the girls won team gold in January.


Of most importance to the


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