What's been happening

April 2021

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

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