Power & Speed Going Outdoors Weather Permitting – Check Email for Updates

Hello Team,
 
Daylight is increasing, and it looks like some better weather is finally coming our way.   This and our shins are suffering from the hard indoor track.   So this coming week we’re going to head outside as much as we can.  
 
Monday:   Meet at the Yale /Fraser outdoor track (north-east corner nearest the dumpsters)
Wednesday:    Meet at the hill – south parking lot of McMillan Elementary
Thursday:    TO BE ANNOUNCED.   Looks at bit cooler that day.  We’ll see how the weather plays out and I will confirm via email / in person on Wednesday.    
 
Please dress warm and  in layers – no one should be in shorts, it may be sunny but it will still be cool.   
We’re going to play it by ear these next few weeks.  We want to be outside as much as we can but we may need to head back into to ARC should the weather turn ugly again.    PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL REGULARLY.    
 
thanks,
Trevor

Tentative Training Schedule for Track & Field Season

Wondering what the 2020 Track & Field Training Schedule will look like? The Coaching Team have put together a tentative schedule for the Track & Field Season (which runs from the end of Spring Break until beginning of August. Within this time frame Track Rascals, for kids ages 6-8, is offered as a shorter 8-week program in May & June). Note: Saturday practices are not offered on days when the athletes are competing at a Track Meet. 

This schedule is a work-in-progress and may be subject to change. Updates will be posted on the Valley Royals Home Page and on the Practice Schedule Page. For detailed Practice Schedule information on all Royals training groups go to: https://valleyroyals.ca/practice-schedule/

For a printable PDF of the most up-to-date version of the Tentative Training Schedule click here: UPDATED 2020 SpringSummer Practice Schedule_Version 1

Register for Harry Jerome Indoor Meet

The Harry Jerome Indoor Track Meet is coming up on Saturday, February 1st. All entries are due to Christa at [email protected] by 10PM Thursday, January 23rd.

IMPORTANT: Due to the special indoor track surface at the Richmond Oval, Ceramic Spike Pins are required for this meet so be sure to let Christa know if you need a set of these when you send her your entries. At the time of registration, Christa can order you a set of either 5mm or 7mm ceramic spikes (just $7/set) which will be ready for you at the meet. Check with your coach if not sure which size of spike pin to order. Athletes also have the option to bring $7 cash to buy ceramic spike pins at the meet– being sold at racing bib pick-up area.

ALSO IMPORTANT: In order to compete, athletes must have a 2020 club membership. To Renew your membership go to: https://valleyroyals.ca/registration/

For meet info see: https://www.harryjerome.com

Welcome to the 2020 Season of the Valley Royals

It’s a brand new year filled with opportunities to grow and develop athletic skills and great friendships! Just a quick reminder that memberships for 2019 have expired and, due to insurance rules, all athletes must have a paid 2020 Club Membership to work out with a Valley Royals Practice Group. Go to https://valleyroyals.ca/membership/ to select a membership package and register online using the registration link at the top of the page. Questions? Contact club administrator, Christa McAuley at [email protected]

Invite Sponsors for 2020

Now is the perfect time to invite your friends, family, or a local business owner you know to Sponsor the Valley Royals!

Sponsorship dollars translate into 50% fundraising credits for the athlete who brings the sponsor on board. This is an amazing opportunity to kick off your 2020 season with fundraising credits already in place to cover your meet entry fees! The 2020 Sponsorship Letter and Packages are ready and athletes and their families can use this document to officially invite sponsors to support the club. A Printable PDF of the letter & chart (pictured in the image files below) is available here : 2020 Sponsorship Letter with Chart of Sponsor Packages

Sponsorship payment can be made by cheque (payable to “Valley Royals Track & Field Club”) or by E-Transfer to Debbie at [email protected] 

Sponsors can give a Vector File or good quality JPEG file of their Company Name/Logo to Monica at [email protected]

Many Thanks to Royals Hospitality Crews

What an amazing day the club had serving at the Canadian Cross Country Championships in Clearbrook Park! Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the hospitality efforts today!

The club has also received some words of appreciation from the event organizers: 

On behalf of the organizing committee for the 2019 Canadian Cross Country Championships, I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the Valley Royals Track Club and its many volunteers that participated in preparing the food for officials and volunteers.  I heard nothing but compliments on the food and variety and the delivery of it.  The Valley Royals participation did much to make the meet a success.

With Thanks, Gerry Swan for the Committee

I would like to personally reiterate Gerry’s comments as Meet Director. A huge thank you to the Valley Royals & their volunteers that helped make the 2019 National Championship a success. The volunteer food/ beverage service was greatly appreciated &  a valuable part of the event.  A huge thank you to the VR coaches that also stayed late to assist with equipment take-down. The volunteer food service  was done exceptionally well and the efforts were very much appreciated by the event hosting committee. Please extend our thanks to all the volunteers & the club executive. 

Sincerely, Andrew Lenton, Meet Director

Help Athletes in India

Got any kind of athletic clothes, shoes, spikes or light sports jacket that you’ve outgrown?
Jag Bath is flying to India on December 8th and she would love to take your athletic hand-me-downs to give to children in need at a Track & Field club there.
If you have athletic items that you can give, call/text Jag at (604) 751-1265 to arrange to drop them off at her house. Thanks for helping!

Power & Speed Moves Indoors

Due to the weather getting colder, and decreasing daylight, all Power & Speed training will be indoors until further notice.  Hopefully we’ll be back outside in late January as the days begin to get longer.  Here’s our schedule moving forward:   

 

Mondays 4:00-5:00 PM

  • 4:00 meet upstairs at track inside ARC**
  • Group heads over to Yale at about 4:40 for Strength Work

Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:00 PM:   

  • 4:00 meet in Small Gym at Yale
  • The outside door will be propped open
  • Please do not walk through the school

    Thursdays 4:00-5:00 PM: 

    • 4:00 meet upstairs at track inside ARC**
    • Group heads over to Yale at about 4:40 for Strength Work
    ** ARC: Abbotsford Recreation Centre. Athletes are responsible for their entry fee–load up a Pass Card with 10 or 20 visits and save!

Help Provide Home-Town Hospitality at Canadian XC Championships Nov. 30th

Calling all Volunteers for an Exciting Opportunity! The Valley Royals have been invited to serve at the Canadian Cross-Country Championships in Clearbrook Park on November 30, 2019. The club will provide food services for the Volunteers and Officials working at this national-level meet happening right here in Abbotsford! This is a great opportunity to see the top cross country athletes in the nation compete and show our home-town hospitality to the people putting on this event.

We have been asked to make and deliver Chili and Buns to the Officials & Volunteers for lunch as well as some snacks and beverages throughout the day. Including feeding our own club volunteers, we are preparing for approximately 100 people. How can you help? We need a Food Service Team to work together to cover these simple but important tasks:

  • 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM Lunch Prep & Serve Team to meet at the Warming House to cut & butter buns and package the chili into single-serving containers (labeling vegetarian and mild versions) and deliver the containers hot to Clearbrook Park for lunch time distribution
  • 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM Hospitality Team at Clearbrook Park to deliver snacks/beverages to the volunteers and officials as they are working throughout the day and deliver the hot lunch. (Let Debbie know if you can serve in the morning, afternoon or all day)

To get on the Valley Royals Food Service Team for the Canadian National Cross Country Championships contact Debbie Foote at [email protected]