DONCASTER Athletic Club have qualified for the Young Athletes League National Auxiliary Final for the first time.
They will line-up alongside: Blackheath & Bromley AC, City of Stoke AC, Liverpool Harriers & AC, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers & AC, Swansea Harriers & AC and the Northern Ireland and Scotland champions in the final on September 3.
The club qualified for this prestigious competition by finishing fifth and, again, the highest placed Yorkshire club, at the YAL Northern Premier League Regional Championships at Sports City, Manchester.
Some of the YAL squad were also instrumental in helping the club’s National Junior League team win the Humber Division of the NJL league the following weekend, having won three out of the four fixtures over the summer.
This now qualifies the club to take part in the Northern Premier League promotion play-off match at Robin Park, Wigan, over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
The club have reached this play-off fixture the previous two seasons but, on both occasions just missed out on promotion due to lack of numbers competing on the day.
The club are hoping that it will be third-time-lucky as, with each year that goes by, they have more athletes becoming eligible for selection.
If they finish in the top two on the day it will be enough to win promotion, and propel the club to new heights next season, where they would be regularly competing against the top teams in the North of England, North Wales, and Scotland.
London 2012 may come a little too soon for these young athletes, but Glasgow 2014 is a definite possibility for some of these rising stars who are rapidly making Doncaster one of the most improved athletic clubs in the country.
Membership is already over 500, and is expected to grow significantly next year, with the Olympics acting as a catalyst for attracting many more prospective new athletes to the club (Doncaster AC caters for athletes, and casual runners, of all ages, both track and field, and road runners).
The continued success of these young athletes, combined with the ever growing number of participants in the three road races, and annual Track & Field Open Meeting staged by the club, makes it a prime candidate for would-be-sponsors, especially in the run up to the Olympics.
The club are also looking to stage a 24-hour relay race at the track next summer as part of its Olympic celebrations. Anyone interested in sponsoring any of these teams, or events can email me, Club Director Dave Lilley at DAVIDL4556@HOTMAIL.COM