Eastbourne Rovers Athletics Club’s coaching staff have received a welcome boost this week after four new volunteers signed up.
The Herald reported last week on how the club are witnessing an influx of interest following British athletic success at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
However, the club, which has been established for more than 100 years, were struggling to accommodate the rise in demand due to a lack of qualified coaches.
At a time when local sports club should be able to capitalise on the increase in interest, Eastbourne Rovers were unwillingly having to put names on an ever-growing waiting list as they continued their search for new coaches.
Coaching co-ordinator Sue Keen said, “It’s good for the club to have all the interest but not good for us coaches who just can’t handle all the demand.
“We’ve had loads of people come to us after the Olympics, probably around 60 people wishing to sign up.
“Ideally, we’d have 15 members per coach but it all depends on age.
“It’s an on-going problem but we will accommodate them all in one way or another.”
However, further to the Herald’s article, Sue has had four people get in touch about giving up their time to become a coach for the club.
Of the four, one is already a coach, one is a parent of a member at the club and two are just friends, which shows that anyone who is willing to help out, can.
Sue said, “Things are looking up. We just need to find the money and time to get them on courses now before October when our winter season training starts.”