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Benefits for new members joining Welsh Athletics in January 2023

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02/01/2023 00:00, In Blog / Club Notice Board /

Considering getting involved in Athletics or Running this New Year? Looking to make 2023 a healthier year? A great way to boost your health and fitness is to take up a new activity! Athletics and Running clubs have something for everyone, from Run, Jump, Throw to ‘Couch to 5K’ programmes to support you in making the changes to a heathier you!

What is the benefit?

  • New members to Welsh Athletics that register in January 2023 will receive a 15 month Welsh Athletics registration.
  • New members will not need to re-new their Welsh Athletics affiliation fee until April 1st 2024.
  • Find out what your Welsh Athletics membership includes here.

What is a new member?

  • A new Welsh Athletics member is someone that has not been affiliated to Welsh Athletics (or another home country athletic federation) before or has not been affiliated to Welsh Athletics within the last 3 years.

What is Welsh Athletics Affiliation?

  • To become a member of Welsh Athletics you must affiliate through your club and pay the Welsh Athletics affiliation fee of £19.50 (senior athletes) or £12.00 (junior athletes). This is an annual fee due each April (although some clubs may collect this earlier in preparation for the new affiliation year). Usually, you will need to pay a club membership fee to your club too, this varies across clubs in Wales so check with your club to understand their fee and process. You can find your nearest Welsh Athletics Affiliated club here. If you can’t find a club local to you, or are unable to get to club training sessions and would prefer a virtual option, you can check out our virtual running club, Clwb Run Wales here.
  • Joining Welsh Athletics as a member includes various benefits including; discounts on races and coach education, discounts at various retailers such as Sportshoes, Runderwear & Aftershokz, and individual insurance. Your membership also supports the sport of Athletics (including running/jogging) locally here in Wales, supporting initiatives that enable the sport to function, thrive and bring new opportunities to all across Wales.

How do I sign up?

  • If you’re not already a member of a local Welsh Athletics Affiliated club, find your nearest club and get in touch with them. They will be delighted to welcome you to their club and talk you through the process of becoming a member. Find your nearest club here.

How has being a club member changed our current members lives?

Karen - Les Croupiers Running Club shared:

I joined Les Croupiers in 2019 after signing up to their free Couch to 5k programme with the aim if completing the Cardiff Half that year t mark my 50th birthday. I was a 'non-runner' to that point and I have made some really close friends and am fitter than ever before... It also gave me a new interest as my girl;s were older and more independent. 

Anonymous added:

I joined a running club in 2016, I was suffering with post natal issues and major stress and anxiety. I was even too nervous to run on a road so I used back alleys until I plucked up the courage to do the clubs 5 - 10k programme. My first club run was parkrun which Michelle Amblin ran with me and got me a major PB on my first attempt and gave me confidence to train. My running has been up and down ever since but it's the one thing that brings me back to me, not forgetting an amazing group of humans that always pick me back up on bad days and after the toughest few years in my life, they have all really helped me through.

Simon - San Domenico RC shared:

Joining San Domenico Running Club in 2018 was a brilliant decision. Meeting a bunch of like minded, friendly individuals (with a shared passion for running and enjoying life outdoors) has been life-affirming and fantastic for my physical and mental well-being. 

Find your nearest club here.