Immediate: June 6, 2018


More coaches and officials are needed by Shrewsbury Athletic Club to keep up with demand from children wishing to join.

Club president Derek Hayward revealed that the club’s existing coaches are fully booked, which means that there is a waiting list of young athletes wishing to become members

“Our existing track and field honorary coaches are full to the brim and we need more volunteers to allow children on the waiting list to join the club,” he said. “Otherwise we risk losing them to other clubs.”

He issued the appeal for coaches and officials as announcing the club’s third annual Salop Leisure Schools Relay Meeting on July 4, which will be see around 300 children from six schools gather at Shrewsbury Athletics Stadium.

The meeting, which comprises 12 events at various distances, is the brainchild of Mr Hayward, who has more than 50 years’experience of supporting school and club athletics.

Taking part will be years seven to 10 pupils from The Priory School, Meole Brace School Science College and Shrewsbury Girls High School from Shrewsbury and William Brookes School, Much Wenlock and The Corbet School Technology College, Baschurch. Confirmation is awaited from the sixth invited school. 

“This annual event is organised by Shrewsbury Athletic Club in partnership with sponsor Salop Leisure to promote athletics in schools,” said Mr Hayward.

“The sponsorship that we receive from Salop Leisure also enables the club to keep membership fees lower for children.”

Salop Leisure’s chairman Tony Bywater is passionate about children and adults participating in sport to stay fit and healthy.

“Shrewsbury Athletic Club is to be congratulated for organising this annual schools relay meeting, which brings together 300 young people and may possibly include many potential track stars of the future,” said Mr Bywater.

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Salop Leisure’s marketing manager Ed Glover presents a cheque to Shrewsbury Athletic Club president Derek Hayward.


For more information, please contact Tony Bywater, Salop Leisure’s chairman, on 01743 282400 or Duncan Foulkes, public relations consultant, on 01686 650818.