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A little about Dartmouth Amateur Athletic Club (DAAC)

Dartmouth Colours

Club Colours are navy blue vest with two yellow vertical stripes for adults and navy blue club tee shirt for juniors.

Activities include Track & Field (T&F), Sportshall, Road Running (RR) and Cross Country (XC).

Membership Details - New members of all standards are very welcome. (Please note there is currently a waiting list for Juniors).

Our Ethos - Dartmouth AAC promotes fitness and good health and wishes to encourage a welcoming environment that provides equal access, irrespective of gender, ethnic origin or ability.

Constitution and Club Rules of DAAC can be viewed and downloaded here.


Training

Training at HQ (Dartmouth Leisure Centre) - Thursdays Juniors (8 - 18) at 6pm, Adults at 6.30pm
Road Race Training: (Totnes Leisure Centre) - Tuesdays 6.30pm
Beginners Welcome! - Come along to our beginners running group on Thursdays for half an hour. Starting at 6.30pm at HQ (Dartmouth Leisure Centre).


A Brief History

Dave Elliott, President of Dartmouth AAC tells us:

"In 1979, a Sports teacher, Miss Christine Jordan, at Dartmouth Community College took the initiative to form an Athletics Club. From the first meeting a Committee was formed and the Club went from strength to strength to the present day. I have never had any regrets getting involved and still enjoy watching the training and races - one thing's for sure only the ones that are really dedicated get on in Athletics - training is hard work! Also, I have made many friends, not only in the Dartmouth Club but with other Clubs in Devon."

In May 1999 a very successful 20th reunion party was held for current and former members. Also in 1999, SEAA awarded '20 year Long Service' honours to Jack Cutter (Then President), Dave Elliott (Hon. Vice President) and Ernie Chase (Hon.Vice President).

The Club now boasts an Adult section, with members aged between 15 and 65+, who train from 6.30pm on Thursday evening’s meeting at Dartmouth Leisure Centre, many of whom attend the variety of Road Races, Cross Country and Track and Field events on offer in the Region. There is also a thriving Junior section of more than 30 members, aged between 8 -16 years, and a waiting list of similar proportions, also training on Thursday at the Leisure Centre. They use the Sports Hall from September to March, using a variety of the Club’s Indoor equipment, and outdoors, April to March. Due to cuts in Local Government funding, the club now have to finance the marking of a 4 lane (6 sprint lanes) grass track and throwing quadrants. In recent years the club has raised funds, and provided manpower and plant, to build a 16m2 Long Jump pit with 25 metre run up, as some youngsters were defecting to other clubs, due to lack of facilities. The Local District Council have been as helpful as their limited resources allow, and have agreed in principal to the club providing a shot circle and hard standing for the high jump in the near future.

The juniors compete in the Devon Open series Track and Field League, the Westward Cross Country League and the Devon Sportshall Indoor League. In the latter, the club have finished in the top 5 for several years now, albeit that we draw our athletes from “little” Dartmouth and surrounding villages, but still manage to push other much larger clubs, the likes of City of Plymouth AC, North Devon AC and Exeter Harriers to name a few, for the honours each year. For a number of years now, several juniors have had the honour of being picked to represent Devon in the Inter Counties Championships.

Dartmouth AAC has been organising and hosting, the ever popular, Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta Road Race, in liaison with the Regatta committee each August, for many years now. The Annual pilgrimage for many, attracts runners from all over the Westcountry, and some from further afield who now plan their holidays to coincide with the race. Most people would think it mad to take on the tough climb from the Boat float bridge out towards the castle and on to the dizzy heights of Stoke Fleming, before turning left at the village hall and heading back again, a distance of some 5.1 miles, in old money. Apparently, the hurt and blisters are worth it, just to experience the stunning views and the roar of the “exuberant” Regatta Saturday afternoon crowds lining the South Embankment, cheering all to the finish.

The club recently held its annual Awards Night, which saw, amongst many other achievement mementos, South of England Athletics Association (SEAA) Long Service Awards, handed out to retiring President, Dave Elliott (35 years), President elect, Ernie Chase (35 years) and long-time coach, Steve Wallace (20 years). The juniors all took part in the UKA Academy Awards scheme, and were presented with certificates and badges marking their level of achievement, many of whom ranked in the top 15% in the Country.


Annual Subscriptions (Correct at time of publishing)

Full Member (Competing): £25
2nd Claim (Competing): £15
Associate Members (Ideal for parents requiring a vote): £10
Coach / Official / Volunteer (Competing / Non Competing): FREE
Social Members (Great way of supporting the club): £5
Under 18's: £90.00 (3 x Termly payments of £30)


Training Courses

DAAC members are actively encouraged to enrol on training courses. Courses available are:
Athletics Leader (help out under Supervision)
Coaching Assistant
Leadership in running fitness (Road racing)
Coach in running fitness (Road racing)
Children's Coach
Athletics Coaches
Officials - timekeeping, marshalling etc.
All training courses are Club or County funded.


Current Coaches & Qualifications

Steve Wallace - Sprints, Endurance, Jumps & Throws (UKA Level 2)
Dick Price - Children in Athletics, Endurance, Jumps & Throws (UKA Level 2)
Laura Malley - Endurance (UKA Level 2)
Chris Mytton - Jumps & Throws (UKA Level 2)
Nick Roberts - Leadership in running Fitness
Marie Jones - Leadership in running Fitness


Club Merchandise

Please contact Becca at promotions@dartmouthathletics.co.uk with details of sizes, to order clothing. If there is any merchandise you would like to see available eg. Winter training tops, Hi-Vis tops etc please make suggestion and we will canvas members to judge viability.

Dartmouth Colours
Club Vest - £20
Junior Club Shirt
Junior Club Shirt - £7
Junior Sportshall
Junior Sportshall - £7
Club Hoody
Junior Club Hoody - £12.50
Club Hoody
Adult Club Hoody - £15
Club Tee Shirt
2014 Club T-Shirt (Large Only) - £3
Club Tee Shirt
2013 Club T-Shirt (Various sizes) - £3

Spare Merchandise
If you have any clothing, footwear or equipment you no longer use, we would be happy to take and recycle to fellow club members.

DAAC Social

Events are held throughout the year, from juniors' Christmas party to celebration dinners. Be sure to check out the events page.

What's been happening at the club....

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  • Aug
  • 2017

Dartmouth Regatta Road Race Saturday August 26th 2017

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  • Feb
  • 2017

Indoor league

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  • Nov
  • 2016

Devon Sportshall County Champs Results

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  • Nov
  • 2016

Devon County AA Cross Country Champs