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September 2021

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Sun 12th – At the end of a busy and eventful weekend, the opportunity to look back and reflect shows a couple of polar opposite situations. “Gratitude is the attitude” is a phrase I turn to often as guidance for myself. I am grateful for many things, including having my eyes being opened wider to situations that may be less than ideal. Each new morning is a new opportunity. Not just for me, but for all other people too. 

Sat 11th – Lack of discipline removes opportunities in sport. Lack of respect for support removes so much more. “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” as Shakespeare once said, or maybe closer to home may be more appropriate. The tap has now been turned off. 

Sat 11th – Spent the morning at Rothwell parkrun. The atmosphere and feeling within the running community there is so uplifting and encouraging. I had a friend who is normally literally twice as quick run round the course with me encouraging me, supporting me, chatting with me, and being an absolute star. Afterwards, we chatted with friends over a cuppa and everyone felt so good about the whole morning. 

Fri 10th – Took a day off work as leave to spend some time relaxing. Went to the cinema to see The Last Bus starring Timothy Spall. A poignant, thought-provoking film about a man taking a journey the length of the country to keep a promise. It showed his experiences and interactions with people along the way. It showed how times change, decency isn’t for everyone, and how on the whole good deeds are valued and respected.

Tues 7th – You can only help those who want to be helped. 

Mon 6th – My weight loss is still continuing. Since I started to focus on this area in mid-May 2021 I have now lost 11.5kg / 1st 11.6lb. Long way to go, but this is definitely encouraging progress. 

Sun 5th – Met up with a colleague from Pontefract Athletics Club to discuss road running and to plan areas needing discussion at the upcoming Committee Meeting on Thurs 16th September. 

Sun 5th – Today saw the Leeds 10k and Leeds Half Marathon take place in Leeds. These races organised by Run For All are fantastic events and if I am not participating myself, I do love to go and support. I drove into Leeds early and walked across town to the route on Kirkstall Road about a mile from the finish. Four hours I was there supporting in total, firstly for the 10ks going out at the start of their race, then cheering them back on towards their finish, and then the half marathoners came through eagerly looking forward to the finish line. There were so many runners, joggers (word used advisably), walkers, and wheelchair athletes that appreciated the support they got from spectators that day. I had so many comments of thanks and appreciation at the time and on my socials afterwards. I got so much out of it myself though watching and supporting runners. It helps when you know ‘what it feels like’ and ‘what you need to hear’ at that point. When a supporter says you’re nearly there when you aren’t isn’t helpful! When a supporter tells you honestly and genuinely that there are ‘no more hills’, the runners tend to like that for sure! 🙂 

Sat 4th – My first run round Pontefract parkrun in a very long time! Not only that, but I ran 1km on the way to the park and 1km on the way back too, so I chalked up 7km in total (with a breather / chat before and after parkrun itself). It was so good to feel like that fitness normality could be back again in the coming months if I am sensible and work hard and rest hard too. 

Sat 4th – I had a trip into Leeds in the afternoon to find where my new work building is. They’ve moved buildings earlier this year and have introduced Hybrid Working so I will be in the office sometimes and working from home at other times. It was good to have a good walk round Leeds too getting reacquainted with the great city. I was generally fine but around the more boozy areas I was more uncertain of the crowds of ‘unpredictability’ if that makes sense. It may have been different if I had been drinking too, but I wasn’t. Not everyone can switch on/switch off normality I guess. It is still fairly early in the change back.  

Fri 3rd – Met up with a friend I’d not met up with a long time. They aren’t running any more and isn’t at the usual running events as he would have been before. It was great to spend time together talking about all things running, fitness, memories, and general life stuff. Finding time for people is important and so rewarding. We both left uplifted and valued which is a great thing. 

August 2021

Tues 31st – Had my latest sports massage which included cupping on my tight calves and hamstrings. Wow – they felt so much looser afterwards. I also felt a lot more confident about the future after my chat during the session. Sports massage therapy isn’t just fixing the muscles in your legs, it’s being challenged and encouraged to progress and develop too. 

Fri 27th – Mon 30th – I had a long weekend off work for the Bank Holiday and made sure I did the most to enjoy this time. I met a friend for lunch that I’d not seen for a number of years, had an evening out with my cousin, and witness the Gaia exhibition in Wakefield Cathedral as part of their Festival of the Earth exhibition. 

Wed 25th – I’ve decided to bring back #SelfieSunday – my weekly post on social media with selfies with people I’ve met during that week. It is a celebration of friendship that started at the beginning of 2019 and continued until the start of the pandemic in March 2020. My view is that selfies are a celebration of friendship and who we know, not narcissism. Watch out for these on my social media each Sunday and if you see me, grab me so we can have a selfie together too! 

Sun 22nd – Had a day out to Haworth in West Yorkshire and went on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway – a steam railway that goes between Oxenhope and Keighley. I had been on this railway as a child and now many years on, it was really enjoyable to experience it once again.

Sat 21st – The football club requested that our We’re In The Shed fans group remove a post that one person didn’t like. It was a picture of the goalposts and a humourous quip about here was something that wasn’t troubled that day as we lost 2-0 in the first home game of the season against our local rivals.

Fans have the right to be frustrated and to state this publicly. None of our posts are personal or against anyone in particular. We won’t be censored in this way. Most of the people at the club understand this and understand our viewpoint. 

Sat 21st – A frustrating pre-match for me at Pontefract Collieries FC. The scoreboard hadn’t been erected and that plans for it’s location had changed without being communicated. I went down to the ground to help guide some volunteers as to some of the pre-match preparations that are vital for spectator satisfaction – like a tidy ground beforehand with all litter and hazards removed out of the way, sufficient plastic drinks glasses for spectators, sufficient toilet roll in the facilities and regular checks in the day to ensure that they are still stocked correctly. I was surprised that these weren’t already looked after. I did what I could to help this time. 

Too often roles and responsibilities are blurred and uncertain and jobs like these are left to others to sort out, which inevitably mean they get left undone or not done to the level required. Hopefully my interaction has started the ball rolling to get things like this resolved earlier. I can hope at least. I will say it time and time again, spectator experience is key if you want them to keep coming back.  

Sat 21st – After being given the go ahead to try running further as part of my comeback from injury, I managed my first 5k run of the year. It felt great to be back out running once again. There is still much hard work to be done to get back to being comfortable running often again but this milestone, or 3.11 milestone has been reached. This feels so good. Now to keep up the hard work!

Tues 17th – Started planning a couple of weekends away. I’ve planned a weekend in Wolverhampton to catch up with friends down there that I’ve not seen for far too long. Part of my post-lockdown approach is that I want to catch up with more friends nationwide and locally. This is an ideal time to spend time with folk and to find out how friends are doing after a tough couple of years for people. Some people I’ve not seen in 25-30 years so it will be amazing to see them and maybe grab a selfie or two! I’ve also booked a weekend in Scarborough for later in the year and I always have an enjoyable time there no matter what time of year it is. 

Thu 12th – Attended the Pontefract Athletics Club committee meeting. I am there to represent the interests of the road runners and to ensure that as much as possible is offered out to all members. Inclusiveness is important to me, and whilst not everyone will want to take part in everything they should have the right to choose. 

Thu 12th – Collected the new scoreboard that I sourced and designed for Pontefract Collieries FC. This will look great in the ground. For a club that has been going so long, it seemed crazy to me that there was no scoreboard for fans to see. I guess that when the focus has been so long on the product on the pitch that the experience for fans is still an area of development. I hope that through my consulting with the club over the year to date that they have started to see that without considering the experience of fans that they won’t grow to the levels they want to. 

Mon 2nd to Thurs 5th – It has been a whirlwind of emotions for Aston Villa fans this week as the impending transfer of Jack Grealish out of Villa Park has taken effect. There was hope that he was staying. There was then the lows of seeing that actually he probably wasn’t. Then the highs of seeing new signings coming in that would excite and improve the team. All this and he still hasn’t gone yet (as of the time of writing!) All part of the fun of being a football fan nowadays. The mix of too much news and not enough facts and having too many wannabe in the know fans doesn’t help. Lots of filtering and muting going on on Twitter! 

A big shout out to the Villa Twitter fans who have come together to be a force together this week. The Twitter Spaces broadcasts or whatever they are (who knows?) have been great. Over 3000 people at best, trending #1 on Twitter, all having a release of emotion, and a common goal of wanting the very best for the club. I do think it has been the Samaritans equivalent for Villa fans this week. Lots of positivity now though! 

Sun 1st – Volunteered as a marshal at the Pontefract 10k road race. Hundreds of awesome runners completed the course in this great local road race that took place on Yorkshire Day. It was great to see everyone twice on the route and seeing the help that a smile and a cheer gave the runners. I may not be able to run that distance currently, but I can still contribute to helping others achieve too. There were quite a few runners from Pontefract Athletics Club taking part and they said it was nice to have that support on the route. 

July 2021

Tues 27th – Wed 28th – Worked on my website, making changes to the presentation, layout, and the plans for the content. I have neglected the content of my website for a few months so hopefully now I can get into a better routine of creating content worthy of consumption! 

Mon 26th –  Met with Pontefract Collieries FC to complete the presentation planning for their meeting with Wakefield Council and the Football Association regarding development of their land. 

Sat 24th – Met with Pontefract Collieries FC to help progress their development plans using Trello. 

Wed 21st – I held the first Wednesday session for the new schedule for Pontefract Athletics Club. This is on the back of feedback sought from members and we hope that this will go down favourably with runners who can’t make the other sessions. With it being a social 5k, it is hoped that we can attract new runners too to this session. 

Sun 18th – Rolled out the new running schedule for Pontefract Athletics Club which removes the Saturday session now that parkrun is opening next weekend, and adds an extra session on a Wednesday. This was on the back of listening to members who said they couldn’t always get to the existing sessions on Mondays and Thursdays. It is important for community groups to listen to their members and do what they can to adjust their deliverables appropriately. 

Wed 14th – Met with Pontefract Collieries FC to plan for their upcoming meeting with Wakefield Council and the Football Association regarding development of their land. I can’t give any further details than that currently, but there are exciting times ahead. 

Sun 11th – It has been a very enjoyable month of international football with Euro 2020. England did so well and whilst the style of play wasn’t to everyone’s enjoyment the results certainly made up for much of that. With a very defensive focus to the team set up, limitations were always going to be there at the top end of the pitch. I think that upon reviewing the overall tournament performance there may be a slight relaxing of this approach to enable the attacking and creative players to have a greater impact. I can hope anyway! 

To get to their first major final in 55 years was a great achievement and getting there shouldn’t be forgotten when reviewing it. England got to the Semi Finals at the World Cup 3 years ago so now the team can be seen as a consistent performer in recent tournaments. Next year’s World Cup in Qatar, should England qualify, should mean that other countries won’t be keen to face us knowing that we are an emerging force.  

Sun 4th – Tues 6th – Enjoyed a short break away to the Coast. I love Scarborough and the surrounding area so it wasn’t hard for me to decide that when I needed a little break that Scarbs was the place I wanted to go to. A couple of days ‘rest’ was what I thought I needed, but it turned out that a change of scenery and not having to do anything at a set time was equally as important too. Downtime comes in many forms. You can still be busy and achieve lots of things but being free and flexible can be great too. Sometimes just sitting watching the sea for half an hour can do more good than we realise. 

Sat 3rd – This saw the start of Pontefract Collieries FC‘s pre-season schedule. It was good to see the progress that has been made at the club on and off the pitch. Fans and visitors are commenting on the difference they can see when they visit the ground now. This is rewarding when you consider the hard work that the committee and I have put in over this year to fix and improve the spectator experience and surroundings. 

June 2021

Sun 27th – Organised a 10km race for Pontefract Athletics Club. Carried out a risk assessment lap of the course before the start, set up and managed the start and finish lines and collated times upon completion of the race. All runners enjoyed themselves running safely and well. 

Thu 24th – Attended the Pontefract Athletics Club committee meeting and successfully lobbied for greater publicity for events that are open to all, in the interests of full inclusion, so that all who wish to attend events and take part can do. Also I proposed a change to the road running sessions too to enable more people to attend more sessions where availability is restricted with the current training schedule. The new training schedule will be introduced in the middle of July. Participation is important to me, and groups should do all they can to enable increased participation from their membership. I am pleased with these upcoming changes. 

Sat 19th – Met with Pontefract Collieries FC to discuss the plans for their new off-field management structure proposed last week, and to discuss the details of the new sponsorship requirements. In this we managed to secure funding for the club’s first ever scoreboard, which we hope to have in place for the first game of the season. The off-field management structure is for an executive committee and an advisory committee that feeds the exec. I am not putting myself forward for either of these and am happy advising on an ad hoc basis once the season starts. 

Part of my desire is to help the club set themselves up with a stronger structure and with a clear approach on how to best utilise their skills and talents in the most productive way. Deviation from best practice and recognised proven success routes will see sub-standard results so it is crucial for adoption of these practices if they want to go to the next level up off the field. The opportunities are there for the club, should they wish to continue this vein of improvement that they are currently bought into. 

Thu 17th – Had my annual Personal Development Review at work. One thing that I noted was how introspective I am and how I like to review things in my head and self-reflect on events and conversations. I think this is a form of emotional intelligence, and it helps stop events repeating, or it helps you deal with frustrations and see things differently. I know for a fact that I have two types of reactions – I have my ‘at the time’ reaction and then next day I have my ‘more reasoned’ reaction. Knowing this in itself is ground-breaking as it helps to understand how we operate and how we can manage emotions and feelings in the spur of the moment. 

Sat 12th – Met with Pontefract Collieries FC to plan their sponsorship requirements and income requirements for the coming season, and to restructure the sponsorship packages into more attractive prospects for potential partners. The key I see to this is not to see it as ‘we want £300’ or whatever, but to see as to what value you can offer the potential partner for that £300. What is in it for them? Without seeing things from their viewpoint, you are going to strike out more often than you score. I thought that was pretty basic understanding, but I fear that many groups across the country haven’t thought about that. What is the value of what you are offering? Value to the other party, not what you see it as! 

Thu 10th – Jointly organised the 2nd PAC in the Park 5k race for Pontefract Athletics Club. Much drier this time!

Wed 9th – Building work has been completed at my house. I’ve extended the kitchen, knocking through into an outdoor storage cupboard that was being under-utilised. This extra space makes the kitchen area look bigger and will enable better use of the area much more than before. 

Sun 6th – Jointly organised a 5 mile race for Pontefract Athletics Club. Carried out a risk assessment lap of the course before the start, set up and managed the start and finish lines and collated times upon completion of the race. All runners enjoyed themselves running safely and well. 

Fri 4th – I have a new lodger! My friend is moving house and has sold his old house and his new house isn’t ready for three to four weeks. I’ve agreed to look after his cat until then. It’s going to be nice having a cat around the house again after so long without. It will also be the purrfect way to ease back into being a cat owner as I want to get two of my own later this summer when all my house and garden prep is complete. 

Thurs 3rd – 30 years ago today, I started work for the first time. As a young, thin, wide-eyed 16 year old I became employed by Royal Mail where I stayed working for 7 years before moving on. I am still friends with many of my former colleagues from those days. They taught me a lot – about life, work, people, and much, much more. Many happy days there. My career has moved direction several times since then and I am still learning – about life, work, people, and much, much more! I have been working in the NHS world for the last 17 years and there is still much more to learn! I think the government have me down for 21 more years until I can draw my state pension. By that reckoning, my career is currently 59% complete!  

Tues 1st – Removed non-members from Pontefract Athletics Club‘s members only areas. Notifications had gone out to everyone from April onwards that renewal was due and that runners should approach the run leaders should they be intending to renew their membership but hadn’t so far. Only people who we had not heard anything from or seen in that two months were removed. This was accepted and understood why by most people. Sometimes leadership requires taking actions that not everyone agrees with. 

May 2021

Sat 29th – Sun 30th – I started some work in the garden to make some design changes to the layout and usage of the garden. One aspect I am changing is to alter the borders that have decorative stones layered on top of the soil. I am removing the stones and stripping down to the soil so that I can plant bushes and plants to develop a more plant-based garden which can bring happiness and colour year-round hopefully.

Tues 25th, Fri 28th, Sun 30th – Drinks and catch-ups with friends that I haven’t seen in over a year. Being able to travel to see friends and spend a few hours with them socially was a big lift to me. No matter how resilient we may or may not have felt over the last eighteen months, seeing friends and friendly faces around certainly gives an unrivalled boost. This summer will be a time for lots of reunions and happier times. 

Wed 26th – The contributors to the new club badge sign for Pontefract Collieries FC met at the football ground for a photograph with the club badge. 

Fri 21st – Sun 23rd – Building work commenced at my house as my kitchen extension started. I am converting a external storage cupboard into being part of the kitchen. Part of this work is to install an extra window and to create a cat flap area for when I look to get cats later this summer. 

Thu 20th – Jointly organised the PAC in the Park 5k race for Pontefract Athletics Club. It was quite a wet day! 

Thu 20th – The new club badge sign for Pontefract Collieries FC has been installed on the side of the main stand. This gives the club a greater presence to those walking by the ground. The badge manufacturer was sourced by me and it was my liaisons between the club and the supporters group We’re In The Shed, of which I am a member, that led to the supporters group funding this installation and playing our part in the legacy and outward improving image of the club. 

Sun 16th – Jointly organised a 10k race for Pontefract Athletics Club. Carried out a risk assessment lap of the course before the start, set up and managed the water station for the runners half way round, then collated times upon completion of the race. All 20 runners enjoyed themselves running safely and well. 

Fri 14th – Confirmed installation date of Wed 19th May for the new Pontefract Collieries club badge that is being installed on the side of the building at the club. This has been donated by We’re In The Shed fans group of which I am a member. By getting this large club badge on the side of the building, the club are taking steps to inform the community who they are and what they do. 

Wed 5th – Had my second Covid vaccination. Really proud of how well this country has managed a mass-vaccination roll-out so quickly and well organised. We are very fortunate to live where we do. 

Mon 3rd – Drove to Scarborough to spend the morning taking in sea air and enjoying the scenery. The weather was great for the morning and torrential rain on the way home. It’s better that way round than the other way round. This short trip did me the world of good. We can get too wrapped up in things and doing stuff, when sometimes what we need is to just sit and watch the world go by for a while. 

Sat 1st – Met with Pontefract Collieries FC to discuss the preparations for the new season. Used the Trello Kanban board to help prioritise tasks and set realistic targets for workplans and to review offerings for supporters. Took away some suggestions to review with fellow season ticket holders. 

Sat 1st – Completed the Inclusive Activity Programme online e-learning course through UK Coaching. Leading sessions with people with disabilities is not something that I have too much experience in the past. I have coached some disabled rugby players and worked well them with them. They told me I treated them as being one of the team and included them as people as well as players. This is important for any player – to be made welcome, valued, and supported where necessary. This useful course gave some good instruction on this aspect. 

April 2021

Thu 29th – Fri 30th – Reviewed my involvement and commitments, and made appropriate adjustments. We can easily get over-committed into doing more than we are able to do. Time is not an infinite commodity and sometimes projects are bigger than the time or energy available. This isn’t any reflection on areas that are de-prioritised, but an acceptance that there are areas that give energy and areas that cost energy. One area I want to spend time on is personal development, and one aspect of that is making sure that any time commitments match specific life goals and areas that can demonstrate short term visible differences.

Thu 29th – Stepped back from work with Pontefract Civic Society Futures group. Time commitments are difficult to meet at times when you’re involved with so many different groups. I have decided to concentrate on the work with Pontefract Athletics Club and my short term consultancy assistance for Pontefract Collieries FC. With only so much time in the week, it is important to be sensible about it and to allow time for yourself as well as for giving to others. You can’t pour water out of a jug that is empty.

Wed 28th – Met with Pontefract Civic Society Futures Group reviewing progress over the last few meetings, adding clarifications and amendments to the log that I had created. Identified that there are a number of blockers and restrictions that would impede progress in certain areas, some are within the control of the group and some are external. 

Sun 25thPontefract Athletics Club held the first Grand Prix internal club race of the year. I coordinated the starting waves in accordance with England Athletics guidance, collated finishing times, filmed a promotional video about the day, and published this to the club’s social media accounts.

Sat 24th and Sun 25th – Arranged introductory conversations for Pontefract Collieries FC with two prospective local councillors to discuss the club’s work in the community, improvements at the ground, and to discuss ideas about developing the land at the club to promote environmental sustainability and growth.

Thu 22nd – Useful conversations with the Chairman of Pontefract Rugby Union club about co-operation and collaboration relating to sport in the town, promoting active lifestyles, and publicising the good work going on in the area that needs shouting louder to reach more people. 

Wed 21st – Met as part of the Pontefract Civic Society Futures Group – an internal working group which shapes the way the society operates in all facets, with a focus on marketing and communication. 

Wed 21st – Confirmation has come through along with a certificate to say that I have passed my exam this week. I can now say that I have passed the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Modelling Business Processes. BCS is the British Computer Society – The Chartered Institute for IT

Mon 19th – Wed 21st – Personal Development. Attended the BCS (British Computer Society) training course – Practitioner Certificate in Modelling Business Processes. This is to expand my Business Analysis knowledge and is something that I want to be able to branch out more so into in the future.

Sat 17th – Worked with Pontefract Collieries FC on their presentation bid for the Buildbase Community Award. The presentation is part of the pitch for the award of £25,000 of building materials that will make a massive difference to their ability to provide services for the local community as well as for football.  

Tested the new PA system at the Pontefract Collieries FC ground. Impressive sound quality. This will be great for the club when they are able to communicate better with their match-day crowds in this way. 

Fri 16th – Completed the Inspiring Positive Behaviour in Sport online e-learning course through UK Coaching. Leading sessions is one thing, and when everything goes well and everyone does what is expected it is great. When there are behavioural changes though, it is up to the leader or coach to work with that person to inspire change. This useful course gave some good instruction on this aspect. 

Fri 16th – Confirmation has come through along with a certificate to say that I have passed my exam last week. I can now say that I have passed the BCS Practitioner Certificate in Requirements Engineering. BCS is the British Computer Society – The Chartered Institute for IT

Thurs 15th – My first short run in three months! Woohoo! I ran 2km and whilst my breathing needs to get used to the demands I am putting on myself again, I did ok. Much better on the downhill bits than the uphill bits, so that is something for me to consider route-wise in the next few weeks. Glad to be back.

Wed 14th – Meeting with Pontefract Civic Society Futures Group postponed a week to Wed 21st April. 

Tues 13th – Given the all clear by my sports therapist Katie Lodge at Smart Sports Therapy to resume running after a three month break. Due to my gain in weight over the last year, my body has had significantly more strain on it and it can’t be expected to perform as well. Changes are needed. My IT band is loosened enough now away from the muscle and I can now resume short distances as I ease myself gradually back into running. I have been walking and cycling over those three months but I would really love to be able to run once again. 

Sat 10th – Met with Pontefract Collieries FC to plan their bid application for the Buildbase competition. One of three clubs will win £25,000 of materials to develop their facilities. I have been working with the club’s executive on getting the right message across – highlighting benefits to the community, what the materials will enable them to provide for others, and what they’re going to be able to do that sets them apart from other competing clubs.  

Tues 6th – Met briefly with Pontefract Collieries FC to discuss the new club badge that they are having installed on an exterior wall at the club. This will be sourced based on a quote I got from a local company. It will enable the club to have a better identity in the local community. People know there is a football ground but it isn’t currently abundantly clear who they are. This new sign will improve their visibility and inform people. 

Tues 6th to Thurs 8th – Personal Development. Attended the BCS (British Computer Society) training course – Practitioner Certificate in Requirements Engineering. This is to expand my Business Analysis knowledge and is something that I want to be able to branch out more so into in the future. 

5th April – Did some work for Pontefract Athletics Club on membership and recruitment. We are able to take on new members now that we are out of lockdown and it is through the initial engagement that we can inform potential new members what the club is like and whether we can meet their needs. I feel it is important to remember that community groups exist to meet the needs of their members and not just their own desires. This is something that we try to ensure we do at Pontefract Athletics Club. 

4th April – Designed some new social media images for Pontefract Athletics Club to let the local community know about us, what we do, and where to find more information. Working on the first two pillars of community engagement – INFORM, ENGAGE, and then once joined up, to ENTERTAIN. 

Provided feedback to Pontefract Civic Society on the successful Community Showcase event that they ran 27th to 31st March where 29 videos were featured form community group members in the area. As a representative of Pontefract Athletics Club and Pontefract Collieries FC, I was able to pass on the thanks to Pontefract Civic Society and especially to Phil Cook for the hard work they put in to publicise the good work that community groups do in the town and surrounding area.  

3rd April – Pontefract Athletics Club ran the first Saturday session since lockdown. This is a social informal session that is in place for runners who miss their usual Saturday morning parkrun. This session is running until parkrun starts up once again. 

Went to talk with the Chair and Vice-Chair of Pontefract Collieries to talk about progress of a couple of projects we are jointly working on together. The U15s were playing a fixture that afternoon too so it was nice to see organised sport get back under way once again after lockdown. 

1st April – Pontefract Athletics Club ran five different groups at our first Thursday session since lockdown. Our juniors ran a road running session, we ran two different levels of interval training, and two groups did our social 5k run. It was great to have 30 runners all running safely together in their separate groups. 

March 2021

For links to the groups mentioned, please visit my Socials and Links page. 

31st March – Footage that I filmed for Pontefract Athletics Club on 29th March was featured on the BBC Look North lunchtime edition today. Feedback from the BBC was that it was beautifully shot and that the filming really was great. It is nice to hear feedback like that from professionals. Thank you to them for that.

30th March – The video for Pontefract Athletics Club filmed by me, and edited by Pontefract Civic Society was featured as part of Pontefract Civic Society‘s Community Showcase programme. You can see the video here

29th March – The video for Pontefract Collieries filmed by me, and edited by Pontefract Civic Society was featured as part of Pontefract Civic Society‘s Community Showcase programme. You can see the video here

Went to Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre in Cudworth to film a series of videos of the junior track and field athletes of Pontefract Athletics Club in their first session back after the Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. It was great to see them all enjoying training together. It is hoped that these videos will be picked up by local media as well as used in forthcoming social media publicity. 

27th March – Held a Community Engagement workshop for Pontefract Collieries. We explored who they are, what they do, what they can offer to the wider community, what they would like from the wider community, explored interaction opportunities, and looked at the initial steps of bridging the gaps and better promoting the good work they do so that a wider audience gets visibility and clearer calls to action. 

25th March – Sent out membership details and days of the new training sessions for Pontefract Athletics Club to existing members for the year ahead. Just need to work on my own fitness now! 🙂 

Planned the Community Engagement framework for Pontefract Collieries for a workshop this Saturday. 

24th March – Met as part of the Pontefract Civic Society Futures Group – an internal working group which shapes the way the society operates in all facets, with a focus on marketing and communication. 

22nd March – Set up new sessions on our club App for Pontefract Athletics Club. We are able to run sessions (under Covid restrictions) from 29th March which we are all very pleased about. Lots of work to be done though this week to ensure this is done safely and within the permitted England Athletics guidance. 

21st March – Conducted a video interview with Pontefract Athletics Club Chairman and Founder for the Pontefract Civic Society Community Showcase event next weekend. 

20th March – Met with Pontefract Collieries Chairman and Vice Chairman to discuss progress, prioritisation, and next steps for their improvement programmes. Discussed opportunities to link in with wider community and to publicise the work they are doing. Conducted a video interview with Vice Chairman and Club Secretary for the Pontefract Civic Society Community Showcase event next weekend.  

17th and 19th March – Liaison within Pontefract Athletics Club management committee about the procurement of new kit and use of new supplier. 

14-15th March – Planning communication for Pontefract Athletics Club members for annual membership renewals / latest newsletter. The membership year starts on 1st April so a busy two weeks ahead. 

13th March – Met with Pontefract Collieries Chairman and Assistant Chairman to discuss progress, prioritisation, and next steps for their improvement programmes. 

Also, worked on Pontefract Athletics Club membership renewal workstream. With the new year for athletics starting in April and our club sessions resuming on March 29th, this work is the preparation for the year ahead and to help answer any questions at the get-go.

Also, discussed potential new members for Pontefract Civic Society with the Chairman. By recruiting new members with specific skills, the society is at an advantage for meeting their aims for future growth.  

11-12th March – Made changes to my website to reflect a change from mostly being about running to being more of a personal blog – what I am involved with, what my interests are, and how I like to spend my time. As times change, as I change, then the changes will be reflected here for others to see and read. 

10th March – Met with Pontefract Civic Society Futures Group to discuss and plan a strategy to increase membership, widen the demographics of membership, and review how the Civic Society can move their digital offering forward to enable greater interaction with the people of Pontefract. 

6th March – Met with Pontefract Collieries FC management committee to map out their workstreams on the new Kanban board. The Colls committee is fully on-board with the new focus and clarity that this brings to them. Greater accountability, improved prioritisation, and the audit trail will be just some of the benefits that they can get from this. 

5th March – I have recruited Pontefract Athletics Club and Pontefract Collieries FC to become Community Group members of Pontefract Civic Society. They are both looking forward to working with the Civic Society and other community groups to bring great benefits to residents of the town and surrounding area that are interested in athletics, road running, or watching football. 

4th March – Met with Pontefract Collieries FC to demonstrate a Kanban board for them to help them stay organised with their off-field development and growth programmes. The Colls are doing great work transforming the Club and I am pleased to be able to help in a management consultant capacity to help them keep abreast of all the streams of work being delivered simultaneously.  

1st March – Met with the Chairman of Pontefract Civic Society and had a fact-finding discussion about where they are currently and where they would like to go and to see if I can help with their aims. 


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