Would you like to become an Athletics Official?

The IOMAA have planned the following courses to allow you to become a qualified level 1 athletics official.

Saturday 18th March 2017  Time – 10am to 12noon Level 1 Race Walking North West NO0285RW National Sports Centre, Grove Road, Douglas, Isle of Man IM2 1RB Ian Richards
Saturday 18th March 2017  Time– 10am to 12noon Level 1 Field Course North West NO0285FD National Sports Centre, Grove Road, Douglas, Isle of Man IM2 1RB Shaun O’Donnell- NEW COURSE
Saturday 18th March 2017 Time – 2.45pm to 4.45pm Level 1 Track Course North West NO0285TR National Sports Centre, Grove Road, Douglas, Isle of Man IM2 1RB  TBC
Saturday 18th March 2017 Time – 2.45pm to 4.45pm Level 1 Timekeeping Course North West NO0285TK National Sports Centre, Grove Road, Douglas, Isle of Man IM2 1RB Shaun O’Donnell -NEW COURSE
Saturday 18th March 2017 Time – 12.30pm to 2.30pm Generic- inc Health & Safety North West NO0285HS National Sports Centre, Grove Road, Douglas, Isle of Man IM2 1RB Shaun O’Donnell

If you are interested please book your place here on the England athletics website.   We will need a minimum number of people booking on each course for them to go ahead.

If you expressed an interest last year then Bridget will be in contact.


Become an Assistant Coach – Help our Sport!

Please help our sport!

Without enough qualified coaches, the success of the last few years cannot be repeated or improved upon.

A new generation is required to assist with the nurture our young people, to guide our current runners, throwers and jumpers and advise mature athletes returning or trying the sport for the first time.

This November Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th The IOMAA is staging a course facilitated by England Athletics to help you become an Assistant Coach, the first rung on the ladder to gaining your Coach Award.

It is open for all people over the age of 16.

The IOMAA is generously donating £100 towards the £245 fee and there is a further discount for being a club member.

If you are not a club member, please join one, as it will be cheaper than paying the extra £60.

Therefore please send a cheque to:
Michael George, 27 WOODBURN SQUARE, IM1 4DE, made out to IOMAA NOT England Athletics as it says on the form or BACS to 14347237 55-91-00 with Assistant Coach as the reference.

More information is available here.

I would be grateful to receive your application at your earliest convenience as time is no longer on our side and the Isle of Man must display enough enthusiasm for England Athletics to run the course.

Michael George

Northern League 2016

It’s that time of year when planning for this seasons Northern League trips have reached a critical point.

Last season we were so close to winning our league and getting a chance at promotion.  West Cheshire our main rivals, who we beat twice last season,  succeeded in getting promoted to Division One so it just shows how capable we are of doing the same. Promotion does not only elevate Team IOM to a higher division it also provides you with an even higher quality of competition.

The Northern League also provides an ideal opportunity for our U17 athletes to compete at a level, which whilst challenging, is well within their capability and to enjoy being part of a team which has been a starting point for many of our elite athletes, many of which still compete. If you are a new U17 and would like to have a chat about the Northern League and what it offers then please get in touch.

In order to get a greater understanding of the athletes available for each trip I would ask that you complete and return a Northern League Commitment Form.  I would also ask that you do this a soon as you can.

This year the matches are as follows:

Saturday, 7 May – Robin Park, Wigan (day trip)
Sunday, 5 June – Edge Hill, Ormskirk (overnight stop)
Sunday, 3 July – Trafford (overnight stop)
Saturday, 6 August – Sports City, Manchester (day trip)

Once I have an understanding of the numbers travelling I will be able to provide more details regarding costs.  It has however been agreed that your Club will again fund you to 50% of the total costs.

Remember this is the season to be putting your performances in for selection for Island Games.  The Northern League provides an ideal completion for you to gain the standards required and show the selection committee your performances over a period of time.

The Northern League is for 1st claim members of Manx Harriers, Western AC and Northern AC only.  If you wish to be considered then please ensure that you have paid your annual membership fees to you Club and that your Club has paid your EA fee.  Checks are made and the last thing we want is to have points docked because you haven’t paid your fees!

If you are an Official and available to join us then there are two funded spaces from each Club.  Please also complete the Commitment Form so I can organise who the officials will be for each match. Remember we need 1 timekeeper, 1 track official and 4 field officials one of which must be a level 2B.

If you know of anyone who would be interested in taking part then please pass this information onto them.

I would like to thank you in advance for returning your forms promptly!

Anthony Brand
Team Manager

Wanted: Athletics Team Official(s) for the Commonwealth Youth Games Samoa 2015

The IOMAA is seeking a Team Official (possibly one male and one female) to accompany the small number of 16 and 17 year old athletes we hope to send to Samoa, for the Commonwealth Youth Games this September.

This is not a coaching role – we are seeking mature individuals who will be required to look after young athletes far from home, and who are able to ensure everything is done to make the athletes’ experience of the Games as enjoyable and trouble-free as possible.

Anyone interested in taking on this very important role for the duration of the Games, from September 1st to September 14th 2015, is asked to contact the IOMAA Chairman on mail@iomaa.info , with a brief cv and application (no more than 200 words) outlining what relevant experience you have and what you could bring to the role.

The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 20th February.