Friday, September 18, 2020

Scotstoun - No Start Date

I’m afraid that following a meeting with the management at Scotstoun on the 19th of August, I’m unable to provide a date for the opening of the track.
All of Glasgow Life’s running tracks remain closed.
While we’re all disappointed by the lack of a start date, there was some cause for optimism.  We were able to discuss at length how the track and field will be organised when we return and a risk assessment has been completed.
I intend to start briefing coaches via zoom on the procedures required to conduct our sessions in what will be a very different environment when we return to training.
Our athletes are returning to competition this weekend in the National Open series at Tranent.  Good luck to everyone taking part, at least there’ll be a lot of season’s best performances.
Any event groups are welcome to join us for training at Wishaw Stadium on Friday evening 6 till 8pm and Sunday afternoon 1 till 3pm. Please contact me in advance to arrange a space.
Gordon Innes

Return to Scotstoun - Postponed

Following the Scottish Government’s announcement on Thursday 30th July regarding Phase3 of its Covid-19 route-map Glasgow Life were forced to review what this would mean for the venues previously identified in their reopening plans, including Scotstoun Stadium.


They have decided to postpone the reopening of the Stadium for the time being.  The decision to reopen the Stadium is dependent on the managements ability to open the majority of the campus and the return from furlough of the staff.


Further meetings are planned with the management and we’re hopeful of better news in the coming weeks.



Gordon Innes


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Training Resumes in August

Glasgow Life stated today, their intention of reopening the outside track at Scotstoun Stadium on Monday the 17th of August.

We can’t be sure what the access to the track will look like as the Government guidelines are still developing.

We do know that there will still be restrictions on the size of coaching groups and there will still be social distancing measures in place.

Currently in Scotland, one coach can only train with athletes from two other households but in England one coach can train with 5 athletes.

Until we know what these restrictions will be in August, we can’t finalise our plans.

Initially, we may have to limit athletes who’re not in an event group to one session per week.  We’re investigating the possibility of having two sessions per evening, 6.05 till 7.20 and 7.30 till 8.45pm from Monday till Friday and if coaches are available, adding Saturday and Sunday morning sessions.

We do have the facility within our LoveAdmin system to create coaching groups which would allow our members to book for example, “Tuesday night U13-Early” or “Wednesday night U11-Late”.  The number of places available for booking each evening would depend on the restrictions that are still in place and the number of coaches available.

If we are to use the booking system, all members will be notified at the same time.

On the competition front, Scottish Athletics are hoping to have a limited return to action in August and September.  While there is unlikely to be a national championship, there is likely to be a national open graded competition which will be held over different dates and venues.

It’s a great disappointment to me and all of the coaches and committee at the club that we’ve lost most of the season, but the reward will be to see everyone safely through the current crisis.

We’ve waited a long time for this update and it’s very welcome.

John Melvin 1942 - 2020

We received the sad news yesterday that one of our life members, John Melvin had passed away after a short illness at the age of 77 years.

Like many parents, John followed his daughter Hazel, who was an outstanding high jumper into the sport in the 1980’s.  He became a successful coach with City of Glasgow AC, helping many of his high jumpers to international selection and success at national championships and it was for this that he received his life membership of the club.  Perhaps his greatest success as a coach was in guiding Ray Bobrownicki to his selection for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, the year he achieved a personal best and a VP-Glasgow club record of 2.28m in a Scottish Athletics League match at Grangemouth.  That same year, John was rewarded for his efforts by receiving the Performance Coach of the Year award at the Scottish Athletics Awards Night at Hampden Park.

Although he enjoyed great success as a coach, John was also a highly regarded official, serving the sport for many years as a level 2 field official.  John would regularly volunteer to fulfil his commitment in the high jump where he could keep an eye on the progress of his athletes.

He may have been known to a wider group as the Team Manager of the Team Glasgow composite team which was successful in providing competition for U17 and U20 athletes in the upper tier of the Youth Development League.  Many of those athletes have spoken very highly of John, citing his enthusiasm and support over many years.

John and his wife Evelyn also served on the committee of the Glasgow Athletics Association for many years. Evelyn as treasurer of both the GAA and Glasgow City AC.

As you would expect, many friends from within the sport expressed their sorrow on social media.

Ray Bobrownicki posted ‘Beyond saddened to share news of the passing of my coach and dear friend John Melvin. Many in Scotland will have been impacted by or have benefited from John’s efforts, skills, and experience over the years. I will miss him greatly and probably won’t have dry eyes for a while.’

Mark Munro, chief executive of scottishathletics posted ‘This is a real shock to the sport, John contributed so much to athletics in Scotland and beyond. A coach, administrator, team manager, official, facility guru he contributed significantly to Glasgow Athletics since it started. His passing is a huge loss and our condolences are today very much with his family and friends.’

Track and Field Commission Convenor Leslie Roy said: ‘John was a man who did so much to help athletes of all ages. ‘He put his heart and soul into doing everything he could for athletes. John had many roles and was a Coach, Official, Team Manager, Event Organiser. He will be sadly missed.’

High jump coach Ken Allan said: ‘Shocked and saddened to hear this news yesterday, ‘John’s contribution to our sport spanned decades and every conceivable area, from Coaching to Team Management to Officiating to Facility creation. He will be sorely missed. Condolences to all who knew him.’

Diane Ramsay said ‘John is a tremendous loss to athletics in Glasgow and Scotland. As team manager of Team Glasgow, he did an incredible job of encouraging/supporting junior athletes trying to make the difficult transition to senior. Thanks John for everything you did for us all!

Everyone at Victoria Park City of Glasgow is shocked and saddened by the news, his passing is a terrible loss to the sport and we send our condolences to John’s wife Evelyn, and their children Ewan and Hazel.