Sportshall Parallel Athletics Event

School entries now being taken for a Sportshall Parallel Athletics Event, Friday 28th February, 10.30am -2pm, Garioch Community Centre, Inverurie. The event is being run by Aberdeenshire Council and Active Schools Aberdeenshire with support from Scottish Disability Sport, Aberdeen AAC and Secondary Sports Leaders.

Sportshall Parallel is an indoor programme of adapted athletics activities which is fully inclusive. Events include speedbounce, javelin, shuttle runs, chest push throw, standing long jump and target throws.

Free to enter, suitable for school pupils P5 upwards who have physical, learning and/or sensory disabilities.  To enter pupils from your school, please contact
jamie.czop@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Athletics in Inverurie

Garioch Sports Centre track 12

AAAC Special General Meeting

Dear Aberdeen Amateur Athletic Club member,

The Aberdeen Amateur Athletic Club committee proposes to incorporate the club as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).

To allow the AAAC membership to vote on this proposal, a special general meeting will be held in the Aberdeen Sports Village Seminar Room at 7:00 PM on Friday the 13th of March.  All current AAAC members aged 14 years and older are eligible to vote and encouraged to attend this meeting.

Members will vote on moving forward with the following procedure:

  1. Apply to OSCR to become a SCIO and adopt the proposed constitution;
  2. On award of SCIO status, transfer the assets, business, and liabilities from the unincorporated association with CASC status to the SCIO;
  3. On completion of the above, wind up the unincorporated association with CASC status.

Background:
The committee has concluded that the club would benefit from a transition to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). As a SCIO, the club would have further tax advantages and the personal liability would be minimal to nil. The club could potentially own property, sign contracts, and run a payroll. SCIOs also have more potential for fundraising through Gift Aid and corporate donations, and access to more and bigger grants.

There appears to be somewhat of a trend among athletics clubs and other sports clubs becoming SCIOs. While AAAC should not just follow the crowd, AAAC has a tradition of being progressive and a leader among athletics clubs. There may be no current or urgent reason for AAAC to change, but doing so could create opportunities for the future. Despite being over 60 years old, being a SCIO might also improve the club’s sustainability.

The process:
To be clear, Aberdeen Amateur Athletic Club will continue to exist, and club activities will continue essentially unchanged.  What is being proposed is simply a change to the club’s legal status, much like a few years ago when the club became a CASC.

The club will wind up as a CASC, then relaunch as a SCIO along with a new constitution that will adhere to regulations required of a SCIO.  Most of this work will be administrative and behind the scenes.  Upon completion, AAAC will benefit from enhanced legal protection and greater potential for fundraising.

Prior to the special general meeting, members are encouraged to review the details regarding the transition, specifically the proposed constitution (here) and the annotated comparison of the current and proposed constitutions (here), as well as general details regarding SCIOs at the links below.  Please direct any questions or concerns to your club manager or committee as soon as possible so most can be addressed prior to the meeting.

https://www.oscr.org.uk/news/video-scio-faqs
https://www.oscr.org.uk/managing-a-charity/faqs/
https://www.oscr.org.uk/media/3113/cscios_a_guide.pdf
http://www.cascinfo.co.uk/cascvcharity/

With thanks on behalf of the AAAC committee,

Mark Davidson, President

AAAC Sessions at Lochside Academy

P4-P7 athletics sessions led by AAAC coaches, in partnership with Active School, at Lochside Academy.

When: Friday 7th, 14th & 21st February

At: 5-6pm Lochside Academy Gym, Wellington Circle, Aberdeen AB12 3GY

£6 for the block (bring payment to the first session)

Booking: sportaberdeen.co.uk/Event/lochside-athletics-club-p4-7

Contact: Ruth Watson pathways@aberdeenaac.co.uk

Athletics Has Impact!

Scottish Athletics delivered this report, illustrating the impact of the sport of athletics.  This report is critical evidence of the impact of athletics in Scotland beyond getting people active and is being used in funding discussions with Scottish Government, sportscotland and other key partners.

Please take 5-10 minutes of our time to contribute to this data by completing a further survey here.  And, you may just earn £1000 in sport equipment for Aberdeen AAC.

Northfield Satellite Sessions

Book spaces at this link.

Northfield AAAC P4-P7 Grey

AAAC Sessions in Inverurie

Space still available.Garioch Sports Centre track 11