After suffering from years of vandalism and anti-social behaviour at our previous training venue, Weymouth St Paul's Athletics Club has made the difficult decision to relocate. We hope that our new venue will bring us a safer, secure future and continue to inspire the athletic young and old of South Dorset. Our new venue, Budmouth School, has some resources for us to use, but we are aiming to bring these up to a higher standard, and to add to them. This will allow us to increase our training capacity, and become more inclusive. We have trained many county and regional champions, but we are also about inspiring a healthy lifestyle. At only £2 per session, we do not let low income become a barrier from training. Our first project is to refurbish the long jump area. As this long jump is a double ended pit it will cost £25000 to bring up to the standard of the pits the children would encounter at competition venues. The long jump, as it is sited on school premises, will be used by the school community as well, and will be available for local inter-school competition. It is anticipated that hundreds of children per week would be utilising the facility.
UPDATE: APRIL 26th Thank you to everyone who has helped us reach 25% of our funding total. We are overwhelmed by the community embracing our fundraising efforts. Thank you to Susan O'Flanagan who ran the London Marathon on our behalf, and to Phil and Susan (again) who are running the North Dorset Villages Marathon on Sunday. This fund closes on Friday, so it is your last chance to donate.
UPDATE: APRIL 10th Thank you to all our generous donors. Phil Haddrell from WSPH is running the North Dorset Marathon to raise valuable funds for the club. Thank you to all his supporters.
UPDATE: MARCH 11th Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Susan O'Flanagan is running both the London Marathon and the North Dorset Marathon, just a week apart, to help us raise funds. We are delighted her supporters are helping us create facilities we can be proud of.
UPDATE: MARCH 05th Fabulous start to the fundraising campaign, thank you to everyone. Dorset County Council have pledged to help our appeal if we reach 25% of our target.