All members of the Club Committee are expected to attend the meetings that are held every 4 weeks as well as take on actions and responsibilities for the roles they have volunteered to do. Also, from time to time Club Committee members are expected to assist the Chair and Captain in the smooth running of Club activities.

Chairman

  • To manage club committee and general meetings: to ensure that the committee runs effectively as a team and is able to manage the running of the club.
  • Ensure committee members fulfil their responsibilities to the club
  • To conduct meetings in a manner that enables everyone to have their say and to move to a vote if necessary.
  • To ensure that decisions taken by the committee are carried out. Work with the Secretary in preparation of meeting agendas.
  • To represent the club and to promote the club to outside bodies, other clubs and to members: to act as a focal point for information and encourage participation in all club activities and events.
  • Encourage and welcome all members of the club.  Ensure that the rules of the club and affiliated bodies are followed.
  • Liaise with the Club Secretary in preparing agendas, making sure that all current issues are covered
  • Ensure that the club has an appropriate up-to-date Constitution and Disciplinary Procedures
  • Liaise with the Treasurer to ensure that any financial documents are ready for the meeting
  • Ensure that all relevant documents are either circulated to participants in advance or are to hand at the meeting
  • Be diplomatic and smooth over differences of opinion if they arise
  • Make sure that any necessary decisions are taken with a vote if needed. If votes are divided equally, the Chairman may have the casting vote
  • Summarise decisions and action points at the end of the meeting
  • Delegate duties as appropriate to follow committee members /club members/sub-groups

 Treasurer

  • To monitor club expenditure, managing the club funds and bank account.
  • Keeping an accurate and true record of all transactions and pay all bills and expenses in a timely manner.
  • At each committee meeting provide a monthly financial summary; to include membership payments, outgoing expenditures and incoming payments.
  • Working closely with the Membership Secretary, collect annual subscriptions and manage the payment of EA membership.
  • At year end, produce a financial report, independently audited, to be presented at the AGM.

Club Secretary

  • To plan and organise committee meetings and general club meetings; call for the next meeting including collating and distributing of agenda items and club calendar pre-meeting.
  • In a timely manner, write and distribute meeting minutes and action plan of the meetings held.
  • To organise the AGM agenda, related papers and committee elections and to ensure the relevant papers are distributed in advance.
  • Keep ‘safe’ permanent records (paper/electronic) of AGM and committee meeting minutes and to ensure that the club constitution is up to date (up to date version must be displayed on the clubs website) and in force.
  • Ensure that meeting minutes (genera and annual) are uploaded onto the member’s area of the clubs website, for transparency.
  • Receive and process club correspondence accordingly, acting as the central point for all club correspondence and liaising with outside organisations
  • Manage general /annual meeting facilities and the booking of club house for events/seminars etc.
  • Working with the Treasurer and Membership Secretary ensure registration with Affiliated Bodies as decided at the AGM and relevant payments made, also to apply to England Athletics for club places at the London Marathon.

Captain

With the help of a vice-captain, and XC representative where applicable, the Captain should ensure to:

  • Help the committee organise club nights and training sessions to help members improve running speed and technique
  • Oversee all aspects of the Club’s training sessions including the regular Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday night sessions and various other additional training sessions that may be held throughout the year
  • Make regular announcements on club evenings to keep the club members informed of events and other relevant information
  • Encourage all members to participate in club events and other running related events.
  • Assist in organising teams to participate in local, national or international races, relay events etc. for all levels/abilities, e.g. Greensands Relay, Round MK Relay, Wearily Soles Relay, Championship races; working in conjunction with the Race Coordinator
  • Provide coaching and injury advice on request; if appropriately qualified
  • Encourage participation in the LFR cross country team, working with the XC representative.
  • Ensure that any minors who run with their guardian/parent are appropriately chaperoned; e.g. within arm’s length at all times.
  • Recognise particular achievements and make these known to all the club
  • Maintain a motivating presence, in person (at training nights, events, socials etc.) and via social media (Facebook, email etc.)
  • Work with the Club Coach to set Club Night running schedule (if applicable)
  • Contribute to the clubs weekly newsletter;  weekly runs as agreed with the committee, interesting running related articles (publish on club website if applicable)
  • Uphold motivating communications to the club through a blog or other modern, social-media means
  • If no coach: Be aware of health and safety issues, ensuring that running is within a safe and appropriate environment, as per UKA guidelines; in conjunction with the Vice Captain, Chairman and the Secretary

 

 Vice-Captain

 Support the club captain and carry out the duties in his/her absence in addition to;

  • Help the Captain organise club nights and training sessions to help members improve running speed and technique
  • Assist the Captain in overseeing the aspects of the Club’s training sessions including the regular Tuesday & Thursday night sessions and various other additional training sessions that may be held throughout the year
  • Encourage all members to participate in club events and other running related events.
  • Help organise teams to participate in local, national or international races, relay events etc. for all levels/abilities, e.g. Greensands Relay, Round MK Relay, Wearily Soles Relay, Championship races
  • Provide coaching and injury advice on request; if suitably qualified
  • Encourage participation in the LFR cross country team, working with the XC representative and Captain.
  • Ensure that any minors who run with their guardian/parent are appropriately chaperoned; e.g. within arm’s length at all times.
  • In the absence of the Captain, on club run night inform members of dates & details of forthcoming events
  • Recognise particular achievements and make these known to all the club, discuss with Captain
  • Maintain a motivating presence, in person (at training nights, events, socials etc.) and via social media (Facebook, email etc.)
  • Work with the Club Coach to set Club Night running schedule (if applicable)
  • In the absence of the Captain, contribute to the clubs weekly newsletter;  weekly runs as agreed with the committee, interesting running related articles (publish on club website if applicable)
  • In conjunction with the Captain, uphold motivating communications to the club through a blog or other modern, social-media means.

Membership Secretary

  • Update (weekly/monthly) and maintain an accurate record of club memberships; club subscriptions and members EA affiliations where applicable
  • Keep an up to date database of member’s details for the current year
  • Manage membership fees and issue club membership e-cards
  • Respond to requests for information from potential members (via email and social media)
  • Assist potential members wanting to transfer to/from by providing documentation to support the transfer
  • Send ‘welcome’ email to new members
  • Update the Committee regularly with membership numbers and members’ contact details when/where applicable
  • Initiate EAA payments promptly for new members to enable them to claim subsidised race entries
  • Issue renewal notices to members at year end and chase non-payers

Coaching Coordinator

  • Hold a valid, UK Athletics coaching qualification (Level 2 or above) and be a current member of LFR.
  • Develop and maintain a Coaching Team (from the run leaders)
  • Club Coach to represent the Coaching team at committee meetings.
  • Work with the coaching team to build on, and improve, the planning and execution of progressive training schedules- carried out by Coaches, trained Run Leaders and assistants; that are safe, enjoyable, accessible, and suitable for all levels of ability and interest, and to help members improve aspects of their running.
  • Be aware of health and safety issues, ensuring that coaching is within a safe and appropriate environment, as per UKA guidelines.
  • Identifying/using skills and resources- e.g. candidates for ‘run-leader’ training, members with other areas of expertise, accessing cross-training opportunities, links with other clubs/organisations.
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of coaching rules, regulations and requirements.
  • To liaise with the Club Captain to ensure that all Club training sessions are safe, varied, effective, relevant, enjoyable and within guidelines produced by the Club and UK Athletics
  • To provide guidance/training schedules to club members on request

Communications Officer

  • Communicate with press about LFR events and news
  • Manage email communications for all LFR activities
  • Maintain email distribution lists
  • Manage weekly newsletter in collaboration with committee
  • Oversee social media content across all LFR channels
  • Ensure website is updated with regular news content

Cross Country Coordinator

  • To represent the Club at Cross Country League Meetings (can appoint a deputy) (2-3 per year)
  • Work with the club captain to encourage members to participate in the cross country races
  • Organise XC training runs
  • To manage cross country race administration for the Club (Registration, fees, scoring etc) and ensure rules are adhered to in accordance with the Three Counties Cross Country League
  • Create a ‘sub-team’ to assist in organising and managing the XC event
  • When prescribed create a ‘sub-team’ to manage the Three Counties Cross Country League (once every 3 – 5 years; due in 2017)
  • Actively promote off-road running within the Club out of the XC season with the aim of improving XC take-up.

Race Coordinator

  • Actively promote all forms of racing and race-based training within the Club
  • Manage the existing Club races (Leighton 10K, Weary Soles, Leighton 20 etc), and work to develop new ones
  • Work with the Club Captain’s and Club Coach to provide input on training for races and selection
  • Head up a race management sub-team and invite club members to participate so as to have sufficient organisational coverage for club races (e.g. marshals, catering team, HQ oversight)
  • Work with Press Officer to ensure that races are properly advertised well in advance to ensure full participation
  • Actively encourage and develop a racing sub-culture within the club, understanding and being sensitive to the fact that racing is only one part of the activities of the club
  • Maintaining a Race Coordinator Operations guide
  • Regularly updating the committee

Events & Fundraising Coordinator

  • Organise and facilitate club social events with catering with the assistance of a sub-catering team (AGM, club socials, breakfast run, tea & cake night)
  • Organise fundraising events for the club and charity of the year
  • Responsible for managing club charity nominations at the club AGM
  • Act as the main point of contact with the club charity
  • Arrange and manage charity collection boxes
  • Arrange and manage charity cheque presentation
  • Work with the Press Officer on web/FB posts and newspaper articles
  • Coordinate with Kids Out and assist with the local Santa Dash event (create a sub-team volunteers to marshal etc)
  • Sports council representative
  • Organise and point of contact for VLM marshalling

 

Kit and Club Equipment Coordinator

Club Kit:

  • To manage club kit
  • Ensure there is sufficient stock
  • Review suppliers on a regular basis (present to the committee when applicable)
  • Review and source new kit items/kit design
  • Manage payments and pay in to the Treasurer
  • Conduct regular stock checks of the kit (present to the committee when applicable/AGM)

Equipment:

  • To maintain an inventory of all club owned equipment
  • To ensure that all club owned equipment is kept in good order, clean and available for use.
  • To carry out a stock take of equipment after each club event and notify the Committee of any missing or damaged items
  • To ensure that all club owned equipment is properly maintained, repaired and replaced as necessary

Championship Secretary

  • Create and maintain a list of races that could be used as championship races; review on an annual basis – provide the web master with the list of suggested races at the start of the season for them to be published online.
  • Update regularly at committee meetings
  • Receive and monitor race results and keeping league table up to date via the web master
  • Actively promote all forms of racing and race-based training within the Club working with the Captain’s and Coach
  • Actively encourage and develop a racing sub-culture within the club, understanding and being sensitive to the fact that racing is only one part of the activities of the club
  • Organize and promote the club 5 mile and 10 mile events, and with the help of the Captain if required, obtain assistance from the Club membership base.
  • Work with Communications Officer to ensure that races are properly advertised well in advance to ensure full participation

Non-Committee Roles

IT and Web Master 

  • Maintain the Club email mappings and be point of contact for issues with the provider; in conjunction with the Chairman’s approval
  • Administer for the Club Website; in conjunction with the Chairman’s approval
  • Provide input to the Chair on new software or products that could benefit the Club
  • Provide input to the Chair on technical issues and be a source of contact, helping resolve where able.
  • Keep backups off-line and on-line of Club photographs and important documents.

Social media and online coordinator 

  • Create editorial and news content for LFR website
  • Liaise with the web admin to help maintain website
  • Encourage members to write race reports and blog content for the website
  • Work with Communications Officer to communicate key club messages via social media and the website
  • Create social media content for external LFR social media sites
  • Manage queries from members of the public and direct them to the relevant committee member(s)

Welfare Officer

  • Respond to any concerns or issues that arise in a confidential and sensitive manner
  • Promote the safety and wellbeing of all vulnerable adults with members and committee members
  • Support and assist the club to fulfil its responsibilities when organising activities where vulnerable persons may participate
  • Be visible and approachable to all club members
  • Assist the club implementing any welfare policies or procedures
  • Be familiar with the club’s policies, for example the social media policy, and deal with any welfare issues which may arise.

The Welfare Officer should possess the following skills:

  • Approachable, good listener, tactful and discrete and able to support those who may seek advice
  • Effective communicator
  • Common sense approach and an ability to assess situations fairly
  • Ability to manage confidential information sensitively and with integrity
  • An understanding of when to seek additional help