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Athletics club grows up

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Athletics club grows up
Published 17 November 2016
 The first Little Athletics club in South Australia is growing up.

The first Little Athletics club in South Australia is growing up.

A change in name from Elizabeth Little Athletics Centre to Playford Athletics Centre will see members enjoying a life-long competitive involvement with the club.

PAC president Hubertus Janssen said the rebranding will allow the club to grow, introduce senior athletics to the region and offer healthy sporting options for residents.

“We want to have members from juniors right through to masters and be regarded as a senior club, with athletes staying with us throughout their sporting lives,” Mr Janssen said.

“Athletics is the foundation of all sports.”

With 27 members required for the club to be officially recognised by Athletics SA as a senior organisation, the club has a little bit of work to do to achieve its aims.

However, with some members already signed up, and Playford-based athletes competing at neighbouring clubs, Mr Janssen is confident the rebranding will be a success.

“In five years’ time, I’m looking to have at least our own senior club standing and established in the Playford area,” he said.

“We want to give our people the opportunity to represent our area in our area.”

The Playford Athletics Centre, which started in 1971, is based at Duncan Anderson Reserve, Elizabeth Vale.Its name change was officially launched by City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty."For over 40 years, the Elizabeth Little Athletics Centre has encouraged young people to take part in athletics," Mayor Docherty said."The club nurtures talent at a local level and encourages its participants to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle and display great sportsmanship."As a Council, we are committed to providing local sporting clubs with opportunities to grow and develop, and we are pleased to provide support to the Playford Athletics Centre."For more information about the Playford Athletics Centre, visit its website or Facebook page, or contact Hubertus (0408 885 073).