Lasswade Athletic Club

Dalkeith Community Campus

Your story

Lasswade Athletics Club are Midlothian's main track and field club offering a wide range of athletic disciplines for all ages.

We aim to improve on having more athletes competing in future major championships having achieved two of the 10 male Scottish track and field athletes at the 2014 Commonwealth Games - Greg Louden and Guy Learmonth.

"A small but ambitious club who consistently produce Scottish elite athletes in an all inclusive and welcoming environment."

Group introduction

Lasswade was formed in 1981 to provide the population of South Edinburgh to the Borders with the opportunity not only to take part in athletics, but where possible to strive for excellence in performance. We are based in Midlothian and offer quality training for athletes from 9 to 99 at various venues.
We are now the only such club in this area and south to the Borders. Although we constantly try to improve our standing, we are by no means elitist – welcoming all abilities from jogger to champion.
We participate in a variety of leagues and championships in the summer track and field season and cross-country in the winter and have a very active adult road racing section many of whom also involve themselves significantly in the above programme.
Lasswade is the only club in Midlothian with an active junior section who compete in four specific leagues during the summer as well as cross-country in winter. The main adult team track competition is the Scottish Athletic League for senior men and a composite team in the Scottish Womens League. In addition to indoor leagues during the winter for younger members, the club also encourages senior and masters participation in that area. In winter cross-country, leagues, championships, open races, road and hill racing .Its about reaching those ultimate personal limits and feeling the exhilaration of doing the best you can possibly do.
It's about fun and enjoyment and team spirit and we can give you the opportunity to achieve as much as you can.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

Equipment is expensive and whilst we can use shared equipment with schools that use the track and community campus we own very little of our own. The long term plan is to create our own club facility which would include our own equipment store but currently we have a shared open cage which is exposed to the elements. As well as equipment, in the short to mid term we need to find a temporary shelter or container which is weather tight.

"Lasswade Athletics are delighted to welcome athletes of all standards and abilities. We strive to provide them with quality equipment to allow them to perform and to do that we welcome the funding opportunities Skipton offer. To be associated with a successful company which offers so much to communities is a privelage which Lasswade AC would be delighted to be in partnership with.

Brian Hood, club development officer"

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