13 April 2017



Hi All,


Welcome to the first Club Chat of 2017!  I hope you have all had a successful and enjoyable summer of Athletics.  It’s definitely been awesome to see so many children involved this year and the excitement of Athletics (especially Pole Vault) heightened after Rio.  As all the summer clubs breathe a sigh of relief we wish the winter clubs all the best for the coming Cross Country and Road season.  We have some exciting things in the pipeline at Athletics NZ in 2017 including the redevelopment of the Run Jump Throw programme, an interactive website for our Children’s programmes, a new Coach Education Framework and a new member management system.  Watch this space over the coming months. 


Cheers Cat O'Sullivan






Thank You Volunteers
As we come to the end of a busy Summer Track and Field season Athletics NZ would like to thank the thousands of volunteers out there that have given up so much time to help provide their clubs and communities opportunities in Athletics.  Whether it’s, coaching, officiating, balancing the books or helping cook the sausages on club night - they are all important in helping make athletics happen. You are all truly amazing and athletics couldn’t function without you! THANK YOU!  Clubs if you have any superstar volunteers that you wish to nominate in the lotto nominate a Sport Maker campaign.  Check out https://www.lottovolunteers.co.nz/ for details.  Heaps of cool prizes up for grabs.

Member Club Affiliation
It’s that time of year again.  From April 1 Member Club Affiliation is open for the 2017/18 season.  It’s the same process as the previous few years.  You will need to fill in the online form and will be given the choice of paying online or by an alternative method.  The purpose of the online form is to gather up-to-date contact details to improve our communication with all clubs.  The form will take around 10 minutes to fill out and will require you to enter key club contacts (E.g. President name and email address). Please follow the instructions below.

Registration Process:
1. Click Link: Athletics NZ Member Club Registration Form
2. Fill in online form
3. Pay Fee: Like last year, clubs will be given the option of paying their Member Club Affiliation Fee online using a credit card or alternatively receiving an invoice for alternative payment once the form is filled out and submitted online. There will be a $10 DISCOUNT for all payments made via Credit Card.  Please make sure you pick the correct option at the start.

As you may be aware we have just transitioned across to our upgraded membership database and registrations for the winter season opened for most clubs on 1 April.


With many new clubs choosing online registrations this year we would like to remind you to update your bank details if you haven’t already done so. If you bank details have not been submitted to SportsTG then they cannot pay you your weekly membership settlements from the previous weeks transactions.


Club Net top tips:


1. When manually making a member financial, be sure to first add a Member Type, before adding a Subscription Type. See Managing Members for more information (this has recently been updated).


2. To get a list of paid and unpaid transactions, go to Membership > Financial > Subscriptions and filter (funnel icon) for status being paid or unpaid. Click the blue Actions > Export, to export the list to Excel. See the Finance document for more information.


3. Any member submitting their information online but not paying by credit or debit card will show as being unpaid and will need to be processed as per a manual member. Athletics NZ and your centre will invoice you monthly for all manual payments occurring the previous month.


Remember to show all members joining your club the Athletics NZ membership declaration as they are agreeing to these terms and conditions by joining the club. Any online member will have already seen and agreed to these in their registration form.


Health & Safety
A reminder that Athletics NZ has a range of Health & Safety resources and templates available for centres and clubs on our website.  It is important that all clubs have an understanding of their roles and responsibilities under the new legislation and work to provide a safe environment for all those involved


Sports Grounds welcome community AED stations
New Zealand Red Cross (one of our Member Benefits partners) are doing a great job helping sporting groups fundraise for AED's (Automated External Defibrillator). It's piece of equipment critical in saving lives.  You can read about how they have installed 24 Community AED stations in just over a year here.



Club Connect & AGM – Save the Date 
Athletics NZ will be providing all clubs with the opportunity to mix mingle, share and be inspired at this years Club Connect Conference. It will be held on July 29 2017 in Auckland.  We have some brand new and exciting tools and resources to present to you this year. Exciting! Make sure you are there to hear it first.   

Date: July 29 2017
Time: 9am – 4.30pm
Venue: Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland
Cost: Free for all Athletics NZ Clubs

For the Draft Progamme click Here
Register Here

The Athletics NZ  AGM will be held on Sunday 30 July 2017.  For more details check out the info on the Athletics NZ website



Introducing Emily Nolan
Athletics New Zealand has got a new Coach Education Manager.  Her name is Emily Nolan, she comes from a strong background in Strength and Conditioning and has worked for the Australian Institute of Sport and more recently High Performance Sport NZ. One of her first tasks in the job is to finalise the new Athletics NZ Coach Education Framework….so keep your eyes out for this. She’s also really looking forward to meeting coaches and volunteers throughout NZ within the Athletics Community.   Emily can be contacted at emily@athletics.org.nz


Club Benefits Programme
Athletics New Zealand and Nice 1 have partnered with a number of organisations to help bring clubs discounts on services they use often.  They can all be found in one handy manual.  We encourage you all to have a read through whats on offer.  Any questions please let us know. 


Congratulations to Te Aroha Athletics Club who won the $500 Sports Distributor voucher for being one of the clubs to open a new account with Sports Distributors before Christmas 2016. 

Sports Distributors are  also pleased to offer clubs and club members 20% off selected athletics equipment for April and May for purchases made through www.sportsdistributors.co.nz.

Be sure to enter promo code ATHNZ20 when checking out.


Athletics NZ Member Benefits
The Athletics NZ Member Benefits Programme is a great way to incentivise people to join your club so please let all your members know via your websites, club newsletters and at club nights.   Clubs and Centres can use these discounts too!  Check out some extra special deals from some of our partners below

Hop Around These Holidays - Rent for 3, pay for 2 days
Holiday deals with Hertz. Rent a car for three days and pay for only two, so you can get an extra day free*
Book before 28 April 2017 to lock in your Easter savings. Use PC CODE: 310105
Terms and Conditions apply. For this and other Easter deals find out more here

HRG New Zealand
HRG can arrange all your travel whether you are competing or holidaying, travelling as a team, with family or on your own, they offer a full range of travel services.

Those competing in sanctioned events may be eligible for additional discounts. Contact us at  athletics@tscounties.co.nz  with your travel plans.

Check out our website www.travelsmart.co.nz regularly & subscribe to receive all the current travel offers available.






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