Olympic legacy for athletics club

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The golden glow from Great Britain’s Olympic medal winners has been reflected by unprecedented interest in athletics from Doncaster’s young people.

Officials of Doncaster Athletics Club are delighted by the boost in membership following the tremendous success of the likes of Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah.

It is a similar trend in other parts of the country, but the club based at the Keepmoat Stadium feels it is more than equipped to handle the increased demand for coaching.

Clubs elsewhere in the UK which have been inundated say they will struggle to cope without more volunteers but Kevin Lincoln, chairman of the Doncaster Athletics Club, says they already have a strong coaching base.

Since the London 2012 Games ended, the club has gained more than 60 new members, and most of them are in the under-11s age group.

Mr Lincoln said he was not surprised by the big influx .

“We have got 30 coaches here which is sufficient to cope with demand. There’s no doubt young people have been inspired by seeing people winning medals and some of them have already said they want to go to Rio de Janeiro in 2016.”

The club soon expects to sign a lease on the Keepmoat track after Doncaster Council decided to hand over the running to it.

Mr Lincoln added: “The Mayor of Doncaster came forward with the idea of a 25-year lease for us and we are very satisfied with that.

“We are very lucky to have responsibility the whole site and we have an active board and a good team of coaches to keep us going.

“We feel we are uniquely placed to move forward with the Olympic legacy.”

Membership of Doncaster AC now stands at 540.

There were just 120 members before the club moved to the Keepmoat Stadium.

Mr Lincoln said: “We hope the new ones stick around and we will encourage them. We make athletics for the under 11s fun and everyone who’s been so far seems satisfied.”