The year Greystones AC opened its state-of-the-art track, heralding a new dawn for the club
Greystones and District Athletic Club, founded in 1997, is located at the heart of the local community and caters for athletes of all levels.
Whether you just want to stay fit, have fun, learn the basics of athletics or compete at the highest level, this club has something to offer. With the opening of its new track in 2006, the club looked to expand, and now has almost 300 members, varying from age five upwards.
From the lone Leinster medal that the club won in its first year, it now continues to increase this medal haul and consistently finishes as one of the top clubs in the province each year.
In the early years, the club was based at St Laurence's School, and it was mainly thanks to the generosity of the school and that of Éire Óg, Greystones Rugby Club and the Holy Rosary Parish Hall that club members had somewhere to train.
The long-awaited opening of the track at Shoreline Sports Park in September 2006 signalled new beginnings for the club. Now Greystones AC has a permanent home that includes a state-of-the-art track, access to hurdles, long-jump and high-jump equipment, as well as purpose-built throwing areas. All of this has made a big difference to training, and the results speak for themselves.
Greystones AC is a competitive club that takes athletics seriously, while also preserving a fun element to training.
Training for the five and six-year-olds is mostly based on running, jumping and throwing games, with lots of obstacle relays and sports hall events included. Competition for the younger ages is generally participation-based, leaving room for everyone to achieve.
As athletes progress up the ranks, the training gets more intense, with the serious athletes putting in a big commitment in terms of both time and effort, training four to six days a week, attending squad sessions and competing on a regular basis.
As a reward for regular attendance and all the hard work and commitment to training and competition, the club committee organises special day trips, fun competitions and other social outings.
Greystones AC's adult Fit4Life programme is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness. It is an ideal way to get started, or get back into running in a relaxed and social environment. Run by qualified coaches, the club offers practical advice and encouragement, with a variety of training sessions and a safe environment to run in.
Training sessions are organised to facilitate everyone – those who just want to improve their fitness or others who want to run a marathon and anything in between.
The club started out with a group of relatively inexperienced coaches back in 1997, but much work and a lot of coaching courses have been completed since then.
The club now has many qualified and enthusiastic coaches who instruct a number of training groups, including Little Athletics, Fit4Life and Road Running. There are also specialist coaching groups for endurance, sprints, hurdles, throws and jumps.
Greystones AC has training most nights of the week. Club coaches and members like to take Thursday off to prepare for the weekend, as they are often busy travelling to competitions.
Greystones AC's motto is 'Nobody said it was easy'. Many of the club's athletes have shown that while it may not be easy, dedicated, hard training pays off.
www.greystonesac.com or contact Theresa Kinane on 086 8635797OFFICIALS
Chairman: Aidan Hartnett
Vice-chair: Helen Dempsey
Competition Sec/ PRO: Theresa Kinane
Welfare Officers: Val Lawrence and Deirdre Kearney
Treasurer: Emma O'Brien
Coaching Co-ordinator: Deirdre Kearney