Oct 7 2009 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
CHAIRMAN Mark Fraser hopes Airdrie Harriers Athletics Club will go from strength to strength after achieving the mark of quality.
The Monklands club recently became one of the first in Scotland to be recognised with an award that measures the quality of its coaching, management and safety of its members.
The coveted Clubmark accreditation achieved by the Harriers will give them access to a wide range of benefits, including funding to assist its future development.
And Fraser admits the 18 months of grafting behind the scenes attempting to win Clubmark status proved well worth it.
He told the Advertiser: “This is the type of award that keeps all sports clubs on their toes.
“We had to prove the club was run on a sound basis and it took around 18 months, and a lot of hard work, to achieve Clubmark status.
“We have a membership of between 80 and 100 and our hope is more people will want to get involved with us and take part in athletics.”
Fraser says the Harriers have enjoyed another good year and congratulated the new national champion they have in their ranks.
“Nathan Angelopolous is the national under-17 men long jump champion after winning the title in Grangemouth,” he said.
“He has been coming to the club for four years and this is a great achievement for him. We are all delighted and proud of his success.”
Yvonne Murray-Mooney, senior athletics development and events officer with North Lanarkshire Council, hailed the efforts of everyone involved with the club.
“This is a tremendous achievement and means North Lanarkshire is now the first multi-club local authority in Scotland to have Clubmark accreditation in all their athletics clubs,” she said.
“This award is recognition of all the hard work put in by volunteers at Airdrie Harriers over the years.”
Jamie McDonald, of Scottish Athletics, added: “Airdrie Harriers fully deserves this award as they have proven to be a club with vision, ambition and a strong structure.”