CUSHINSTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB
Cushinstown Athletic Club caters for a wide range of disciplines in track and field sports. Our club has over 250 members of all ages (6+) and abilities. We have a very vibrant and active junior group of athletes. As an all-inclusive Club we try to foster a sense of pride and togetherness. A sense of ownership is advocated so lifelong loyalty is developed not alone between the individual member and the club but also between members. Despite the fact we are a rural based club covering a wide catchment area all athletes are known to each other. This is the basis on which our recruitment policy is built.
Cushinstown Athletic Club was founded in 1972 to cater for the athletics needs of athletes in the area. The club purchased its present grounds in 1984 and the club running track was proudly opened on the 29th April 1990. The club is affiliated to Athletics Association of Ireland. We are committed to the code of ethics and good practice for sport for young people based on the national guidelines.
We are situated at Kilmoon Cross, approximately 7 Km north of Ashbourne. We have both indoor and outdoor training facilities at Cushinstown AC. Our 80mx20m indoor clubhouse boasts 60m x 10 lane track, two long jump, two high jump, shot putt area and has a fully equipped weights room. There are numerous meeting rooms, and canteen / kitchen facilities. Our outdoor facilities feature a 400m grass track, two long jumps, javelin and high jump area. We also have a shot putt area and a hammer and discuss cage. Both the long jump and javelin run ups were upgraded in this year to a high standard. We are in the process of installing a 1Km cinder track around our club grounds. Having received planning and are currently fundraising for this project.
Membership is open to all, age 6 and over, who have an interest in athletics. Application Forms are available from the Club registrar Paula White in the club on any of our training nights. Membership fees are due on joining the club and then from 1st of January each calendar year. Annual membership fees are posted in the clubhouse.
The club has a structured programme in place that is periodized to meet the requirements of the individual athlete throughout their annual cycle. Generally, we break it down between competitive and non-competitive athletes. Amongst the non-competitive group, programmes are organised and delivered to children, adolescents and adults on a weekly basis. We also develop programmes for emerging performance and high performance athletes. All our coaches are familiar with the programmes and our athletes benefit greatly from them.
FIT FOR LIFE
Our Fit for Life programme takes place once a week with approximately 10-20 members participating. It is a vibrant and still growing part of the club. It caters for all levels of runners.