Cornwall Community Fund Grant Awarded to CAC

We are delighted to report that Cornwall AC has been awarded a generous grant totally £3,150 by the Cornwall Community Fund to fund the purchase of a piece of essential field competition equipment- specifically an Electronic Distance Measurement device (EDM). The EDM enables officials to take highly accurate measurements of long jumps and throws, to UK Athletics competition standards, which ensures that events can take place efficiently and professionally.

Due to the large number of track and field events which CAC organise, compete at and officiate, across the SW, the club has had little choice in the past but to hire a second EDM in order to cope with demand and maintain the highest standards. Hiring was unfortunately costly, inconvenient and also an added administrative task.

The Track and Field Committee therefore approached Cornwall Community Fund with a bid to cover the cost of an additional EDM- seeking to future proof events and provide officials and athletes in Cornwall with adequate up-to-date resources. The additional machine would allow more CAC officials to be trained in its use, and cascade their knowledge to officials at other clubs- thereby benefiting the wider Southwest region too. England Athletics and the Cornwall County Athletic Association were mindful of the huge benefits this would bring and backed the bid with letters of support too.

The Cornwall Community Fund (CCF) believe in a positive life for all in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, free from poverty and social isolation. They raise funds from individuals and businesses and distribute them to community and grassroots non-profit organisations who are changing lives across the county. Their board recognised the value of investing in local athletes and officials- both in terms of expanding athletic opportunity, increasing expert knowledge and skills, but also widening inclusion and the participation in long jumps and throws, that this extra equipment allows. Money was granted from the Mining District Fund and Community Fund to cover the cost of the EDM.

Ron Hill, Track and Field Secretary was delighted, saying, “Cornwall, as a region, is challenged economically-even more so after Covid- and it is hard for voluntary clubs such as ours to fund new facilities and resources. But with the help of organisations such as Cornwall Community Fund, CAC will be able to keep providing more athletes with the quality of coaching expertise, official judging and competition opportunities needed to fulfil their potential. We are very grateful to CCF and look forward to fully utilising this new machine.”

Already this year Cornwall AC jumps and throws athletes have been achieving impressive results. To mention just a few… 

Fabio Zamparelli, became the F20 Under 18 National Champion in both Shot Put and Discus at the 2021 Activity Alliance’s National Junior Athletics Championships in July. 

Patrick Swan, achieved a Silver medal in the Shot Put at the 2021 British Championships (incorporating the Olympic Trials) in June and is also highly ranked nationally in the hammer and discus disciplines.

Connor Swan recently placed 1st in the Javelin at the National Athletics League (Premier West) in Yate and Karl Swan is still an active CAC athlete and one of our very experienced Throws coaches.

Many more across the age groups are achieving in local leagues, and stars of the future are sure to be amongst them.

To find out more about the Cornwall Community Fund, visit their Facebook page , Twitter account @Cornwall_CF or on Instagram @CornwallCommunityFoundation

Author: Emma - Date Added: 26/07/2021 at 16:02:50


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