Achievements to date
Ashford Athletic Club is one of Kent’s best known and most active athletics clubs. We offer coaching and competition for a range of athletics events for all abilities and ages from age 9 upwards. It was formed in 1965 and we are based at the Julie Rose Stadium. Club training sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings and participates in track and field, sportshall athletics, cross country and road races.
The club is run by volunteers and we have well qualified coaches who cover the wide range of athletics events that we are able to offer. Our members complete at club, national and international level including the Olympic Games. An annual 10km race has been organised by the club for over 30 years. The event attracts over 1000 participants and proceeds are used to support travel to competitions.
In 2017 the club started to offer coaching sessions and enrolling would-be athletes from school years 5-6. This introduces the young people to training sessions to be the best that they can be, whilst at the same time really enjoying athletics.
Ashford Athletic Club has a well-established specialised disability section called the Alligators. This is open to any young person with a disability aged 9 to 17 years old. The club offers a fun introduction to sport with a focus on athletics but includes other sports.
The club has had success stories with disabled athletes namely Candy Hawkins, Vicky Silk and Paralympics Medallist Jonathan Ward who attended four Paralympics games. Gurkha Rifleman Kushal Limbu who lost both legs while in service, has competed in the Invictus Games.
Kent Trust for Youth Sport funding has been used to purchase new equipment.
More information about the club can be found here.
Since 2008, £142,469 has been awarded to individuals and organisations.