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Aberdeen AAC Club Officer Roles

As the contracts and strategies for Aberdeen AAC’s two paid roles—Brian Pahlmann as club manager and Ruth Watson as pathways development officer—neared their end in spring 2020, Aberdeen AAC leaders were tasked with creating a vision of what might come next.  The two roles were created in 2016 to fulfil a club-led strategy and funded by the club in partnership with sportscotland, scottishathletics, and Aberdeen Sports Village.  While the roles changed subtly over time, by most measures, they were highly successful.

To build on that success and follow the natural evolution of the role of pathways development officer, Ruth, as the newly titled community development officer, will look outward from the club and its main training sessions so Aberdeen AAC may be more actively inclusive.  She will continue to monitor the coaching structure and the pathways, but her main focus will be on expanding the delivery of athletics by Aberdeen AAC into areas of regeneration and to underrepresented groups, engaging new athletes, volunteers and partners to sustain this expansion.

Brian, as club manager, will continue handling Aberdeen AAC’s day-to-day administration but will have a wider role with developing the club’s business operations and supporting the community development officer and related expansion, as well as doing more marketing, partnership development, and fundraising.

The two roles officially start on 1 April 2020 and will each increase from 18 to 25 hours weekly, lasting for four years.  Funding for both will come from a successful application to sportscotland for Direct Club Investment, as well as from scottishathletics and Aberdeen Amateur Athletic Club.

Show Us What You’re Doing!

Aberdeen AAC athletes:

Show us what you are doing! 🏃🏻‍♀️🏋🏿‍♂️🏃🏽‍♂️How are you keeping fit and staying active? Or, what are you doing just to pass the time?
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We’ll share periodic compilations. 👍🏻

Donation to Instant Neighbour

THANK YOU to all the competitors who donated their entry fees from our recently cancelled competitions. Aberdeen AAC was able to give

💷💷£509 💷💷

to the Instant Neighbour Foodbank, which is still open and supporting Aberdonians in need.

Cash 4 Clubs

100s of 💷💷💷for Aberdeen AAC!
This initiative works on a referral basis at the completion of a transaction, so please be sure to quote ABERDEEN AMATEUR ATHLETIC CLUB when contacting Tru Wealth.  Further details here.

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Further Cancellations

In line with the examples set by Scottish Athletics and Scottish leagues, Aberdeen AAC will CANCEL OGMs at Aberdeen Sports Village on 15 April and 13 May.
Further AAAC competitions will be considered nearer the time. Watch for further updates. All the best, from the AAAC leaders.


The guidance from Government and Scottish Athletics has stepped up significantly. The update from SA published this morning recommends that formal club training sessions be cancelled for the time being:
AAAC will follow this recommendation, so please be aware that as of today, club training sessions are formally suspended until further notice. The continuation of any athletics activity by members is at the discretion of the individual.
Aberdeen Sports Village is understood to remain open for now. Club members are therefore able to continue to make use of the facility, however, this will be at their own risk and without the usual oversight that the club provides. The same is true for the continuation of activity out with ASV.
We hope to be in contact soon when there is a prospect of training returning to some form of normality. Until then, please take care of yourself and those around you. Any further updates will be communicated as necessary.