Ilkley Harriers is represented on a number of local groups, including Wharfedale Activity Group (WAG), Rombalds Forum, and the Bradford Athletics Network (BAN).
What is the Bradford Athletics Network (BAN)?
The Bradford Athletics Network (BAN) is a network of athletics clubs in the Bradford area, including Ilkley Harriers, Bingley Harriers, Keighley & Craven, and the clubs in the Airedale Athletics partnership (Baildon Runners, Bradford Airedale, Eccleshill RR, St Bedes AC, Skyrac AC).
BAN's purpose is the development of athletics in all its forms (track and field, road running, XC, off-road running, fell-running, junior athletics, etc) in the region to a specific plan, with funding of some £37,000 in 2009/2010 provided by England Athletics.
BAN is one of the first networks of its kind in the country.
BAN was launched in September 2009, although Ilkley Harriers representatives were involved before that in helping set it up.
BAN is developing athletics on 5 fronts each managed by a working group; each working group has 1 or more lead clubs.
- Infrastructure Projects, led by KCAC
mass participation events and management;
accessible permanent courses and routes; and
management (social enterprise)
This includes the Bradford City Run 10 mile in 2009 and the Bradford Marathon in 2010
- Recruitment Projects, led by Airedale Athletics
year-round training for new athletes; volunteer training;
developing a community of 1000+ formerly unattached runners;
outreach traing groups.
- Youth Projects, led by Ilkley Harriers
cross-country leagues and after-school clubs;
skills training for U17s - multisport competitions, school links
- Performance Projects, led by Bingley Harriers
high-performance coaching teams;
high-performance athlete sessions;
enhanced experience at club level (Club Challenge); all for athletes of all ages
- Communications Projects, led by Airedale Athletics
media communication; benchmarking, conferences; online database of members
Why is Ilkley Harriers represented on BAN?
- To develop Ilkley Harriers AC: BAN provides development direction and strategy, funding, and input of ideas from other clubs.
- To help develop athletics in the wider Bradfiord community: it is in the interest of Ilkley Harriers to work with other clubs to develop a healthily competitive local athletics scene.
Who represents Ilkley Harriers on BAN?
Shirley Wood works with the Youth Projects working group. Diane Haggar and Ian Marshall also contribute to this group.
Ian Marshall is involved with the Performance Projects working group.
We need other Ilkley Harriers volunteers for the other working groups - please contact Shirley if you're interested.
What's the latest?
See the Forum Thread for news on 2011
Enhanced Training sessions from BAN.