September is always a busy time for new members and this year has proven no different. Juvenile membership has zoomed past the 400 mark as you can see from the table below. It’s interesting that in the 10 years since 2002, the club’s membership has increased by over 8 times.
It’s very encouraging in particular to see the growth in membership amongst teenagers, with 27% of juvenile members in the U14-U20 age groups.
In the same period, our number of coaches has grown from a handful to around 40 today, with many of these coaches climbing up the Athletics Ireland coaching ladder. We currently have one Level 3 coach, a number of Level 2 coaches and many Level 1 coaches in the club.
The combination of increased expertise amongst coaches and increased participation is paying dividends for the club with terrific performances from athletes of all ages in the Galway, Connacht and National competitions and 12 athletes selected onto national squads this year.