How to Get Involved
Aberdeen Amateur Athletic Club aims to be one of the most progressive clubs in Scotland but needs the support of many people in order that we can continue to move forward.
In order to function, the Club is always looking for help from anyone who feels that they may want to get involved in, and contribute towards, any aspect of the running of the club. From administration work, fund raising, organising events, coaching, officiating, managing teams or helping in other ways, volunteers will always be made very welcome whether it is on a regular or an ad hoc basis.
Whenever a new member joins the Club, we ask them to complete this short volunteer form to identify what interests and skills may be of use to the Club.
Under the regulations of UK Athletics, all coaches, officials and administrators are required to undertake a PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups), check through Disclosure Scotland. Please Contact Us for further information.
Behind the scenes there is a huge amount of unseen work and helping out in a voluntary capacity, which can be a very rewarding way of spending your time. Whatever your area of skills or expertise there are many ways that you become involved.
No athletics meeting could take place without officials. Times, distances and heights achieved must be properly measured for them to count. Races require starters, track judges, lap counters, timekeepers and photo finish operators. Field events need field judges and referees. In addition, road and cross country races need marshals, course setters and course measurers to ensure that road and cross country courses are properly organised in terms of having the necessary permits, checks made for competitors and marshals safety and that everyone runs the correct distance.
Scottish Athletics organise regular training courses for Officials, starting at the very basic Level 1 qualification, which are suitable for volunteers with little or no experience athletics and the Club tries whenever possible to host these locally to reduce the need to travel. Anyone interested in finding out more about officiating please Contact Us for further information. Further details about courses for officials can be obtained from Scottish Athletics Officals Page.
The Club is always looking for new people to get involved in helping to coach young athletes. There are many opportunities both to gain experience by helping established coaches and to undertake training courses leading to recognized coaching qualifications.
The basic coaching qualification, (UK Athletics Level 1, Assistant Club Coach), can be obtained by attending a locally held session, organised and led by scottishathletics and delivered by a suitably qualified coach. The Level 1 qualification allows the holder to assist any coach who holds UK Athletics Level 2 or higher coaching qualification. Progression can then be made through the coaching levels or you can remain at Level 1 for as long as you want.
Anyone interested in getting involved in coaching please Contact Us for further information. Alternatively, full details of the current Scottish Athletics Education Programme can be downloaded here at Scottish Athletics Coaching Page.
Team managers play a very important part in the Club, as they are vital to us being able to organise teams for the various league and cup competitions that take place, (Track & Field during the summer, Cross Country during the winter months and Road Running all year round).
The Club is always looking for people to help with organising events. This can range from helping taking entries for events on the day; check competitors’ registration details; setting up equipment and record results, including placings and times for races and distances and heights for field events. The Club has well established procedures for organising events and there are always experienced members on hand to explain how things work. Help is also appreciated on Club Nights with signing-in young club members and taking entry fees for non-club members.
Like most voluntary organisations, the Club is always keen to explore opportunities to seek funding or raise money towards both ongoing running costs, as well as one-off projects. For example the Club spends around £9,000 per year on hiring coaches to attend league matches, Volunteers to are therefore always welcome to lead and assist with fundraising campaigns.
In addition, the Club is signed up EasyFundraising and EasySearch. Theses scheme provides two very easy opportunities to raise funds for the Club, in a very simple way:
- Supporters can raise money for the Club every time they carry out an internet search, by registering to use www.aaac.easysearch.org.uk as your preferred search engine, rather than always using Google.
- Supporters can raise money for the Club every time they shop online with over 2,000 leading retailers, (including Amazon, Argos; John Lewis; Ebay and many more. Simply register with www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/aaac
Club Committee Membership
An important aspect of running any athletics club is the Club Committee, which oversees both the day-to-day operation, as well as leading the future direction of the Club. If you are interested in getting involved in the Committee, or simply want to find out more, please see Committee section of the website.