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Volunteer Roles

If you are interested in any of the roles below, please contact Terry McCarthy (020 8505 6019, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Volunteer Coordinator (vacant - urgently required)

Club secretary (filled)
Assistant secretaries
Young Athletes Secretary (filled)
Subscription Secretary (filled)
Database manager (filled)

Club Development Officer/s (vacant)

Coaching manager/liaison with coaching initiatives (assistance appreciated)
Coach development/recruitment manager (vacant)
Coaches for adults – all athletic disciplines (more required)
Coaches for Young Athletes (U20) - all athletic disciplines (more required)
Coaches for Wasps (U11) (assistance appreciated)
Coaches for adult jogging (near-future project - volunteers required)
Marketer of coaching skills to outside the club (vacant)

Recruitment Officer/s (vacant)
Schools Liaison (vacant)

Officials manager (vacant)
T&F officials (timekeeping/measurement etc) (more required)
Course organisers (cross country) (assistance appreciated)
Road race organiser (assistance appreciated)
Marshalls (cross country/ road) (assistance appreciated)
Announcers (more required)
Schools competition liaison (assistance appreciated)

Team Management
Men's British League T&F (assistance appreciated)
Men's Southern League T&F (assistance appreciated)
UK Women's League T&F (assistance appreciated)
Men's Cross Country/Road (filled)
Women's Cross Country/Road (filled)
National Junior League (U20) Men T&F
National Junior League (U20) Women T&F
Young Athletes League (U17) Girls T&F
Young Athletes League (U17) Boys T&F

Track manager (vacant)
Clubhouse managers (assistance appreciated)
Warmup room manager (assistance appreciated)
Weights room manager
Bar staff (assistance appreciated)
Refreshments providers
Timing equipment management
Club clothing manager (assistance appreciated)

Track and field officials – judges, timekeepers, etc. (more required)
CC finishing line officials (assistance appreciated)

Physio manager (vacant)
Child welfare officers (2) (assistance appreciated)

Treasurer (filled)
Auditors (2) (filled)
Fund raisers (vacant)
Kindergarten liaison (filled)
Social events promoter (vacant)
Sponsor liaison (assistance appreciated)


Newsletter editor (vacant)

Webmaster (filled)
Website technical person (assistance appreciated)
Report writers (assistance appreciated)
Rankings compilers (assistance appreciated)
Press liaison (filled)
Photographers (contributions appreciated)
PR person (vacant)

Gift Aid

Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies is now a registered Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC). This means that non-competing club members with more than 25 years of club membership can now make a donation to the club instead of paying subscription fees, using the Gift Aid Declaration form. Sponsors, donors and other club members can also make donations to the club.

What is Gift aid?

Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies can claim 28p for every £1 donated, provided that it is a personal donation and the donor is a UK taxpayer. Gift Aid is a system administered by the Inland Revenue to promote charitable giving. It is important you understand it as it could boost the amount you raise by 28%.

For example, if you are a basic rate tax payer, for every £1.28 you earn you only take home £1.00. If you give that £1.00 to charity with a Gift Aid declaration, Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies can claim back the tax you paid to make your £1.00 back up to £1.28.

For sponsors / donors who pay tax at 40%, the rules are slightly different. If they have income or capital gain of £1.28, they only take home 77p. If they give £1 to Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies we can still claim 28p from the Inland Revenue, but if we give them receipts, the individual can claim back the other 23p on their tax returns.

It costs you absolutely nothing!!

A Gift Aid declaration is simply a statement that the donor is a UK taxpayer who wishes the charity to claim back the tax on the donation. It doesn’t even require a signature. Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies simply need to have the home address and postcode of the donor / member in case their tax inspector wants to check out their claims. This information is not entered into our mailing database.

What do I have to do?

Complete the Gift Aid Declaration form and send it with your donation to the Subscription Secretary or Treasurer. Please note that tax can only be reclaimed on donations made by individuals who pay UK income or capital gains tax at least equal to the amount reclaimed on their donations in the current tax year.

Gift Aid declaration form

Registered Charity No CASC 00227

Email us

If any member achieves a notable result that we may have missed feel free to mail the website editor:

Terry McCarthy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Joining the club

Athletes of all standards are invited to join this all-inclusive club.

We compete at the highest level of club competition, so welcome athletes wishing high quality competition.

We are happy to receive athletes from 11 years upwards to attend our various training sessions at Ashton Playing Fields and to enjoy the facilities of our clubhouse. Below the age of 11, athletes should first approach the 'Wasps' section of the club.

You are not required to sign up immediately, but may try the club before deciding to join. It is obviously necessary to join before being able to compete for the club, but there are open graded meetings throughout the year where non-members can take part in events suited to their standard.

It is suggested that you come down to the club on a Tuesday evening between 6pm and 8pm and introduce yourself to one of the officials.

For seniors ask for Bertie Powell (distance running) or Gladys Bird (explosive events)

For young athletes contact John Stow (Tel: 07724070052, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Paul Cheal (home: 01708-453428 or mobile 07908-049599, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Or find Jean Burgess on a Tuesday or Thursday. 

For the Wasps, contact Sam Wintle (Tel: 07941-018697)

How to get to Ashton

Central line Woodford Station and walk (600m.) down Snakes Lane East.

Bus numbers 275 & W14 pass the gate. Get off at Ashton Playing Fields stop. By car the track is where the M11 crosses over the Chigwell Road. Map

Membership Form - for all new members

Supplementary Form - Under 21s only (cut-off date 1st September)


Woodford Green AC was founded in 1908, just before the London Olympic Games. The club was formed out of the Harrier section of the Woodford Green Men's Club established in 1904, but the origins go back to the 1880s as part of the sports section of the Woodford Green Working Mens' Institute.

The club colours of green and white hoops originate from that era in recognition of both the local name and the leafy environs of Epping Forest. During the 1920's the club thrived and regularly won the Essex Cross Country Championships. The leading athlete was Harry Payne who, in 1930, set a world marathon best which stood until beaten by England's Jim Peters in 1951.

In the 1930's the success continued with numerous track athletes reaching international level and two race walkers, Alf Pope and Bert Cooper, setting many British and World records in the period prior to the outbreak of World War II.

During this period, the Winter headquarters was at the Mens' Club in Woodford Green. Several grass tracks in the area were used, but the main summer home in the 1930's was the County Cricket Ground at Leyton.

The post war period saw the club take advantage of the new cinder track at Ashton Playing Fields in Woodford Bridge and by 1957 the club was arguably Britain's leading track and field club, being undefeated in inter-club competition that season. In the 1950's and 1960's such names as Derek Johnson, Geoff Elliott and David Jones were household names and regular members of England and Great Britain teams.

In 1969 the club became one of the founder members of the British Athletics League and up to the present time is one of only 6 clubs that have unbroken membership of the UK's premier men's league. After gaining successive promotions from Division 5 to Division 1 between 1986 and 1991, the team yo-yo'd between Divisions 2 and 1 during the 1990s, but has been one of the 8 clubs in Division 1 (subsequently the Premiership) since 2001. In 2005 the team were finally champions of Division 1 for the first time and in 2006 represented Great Britain in the European Clubs Cup B Division, where they triumphed over clubs from host nation Turkey, Denmark, Israel, Serbia-Montenegro and the Netherlands.

In 1994 the club rules were changed to admit women to membership.

An ambition had always been for the club to have a permanent home and following the construction of the new all-weather track in the early 1970's and strenuous fund raising by a team of members, a new clubhouse was built at Ashton Playing Fields which gives the club a focal point and a venue for social activities.

Essex Ladies AC was founded in 1921 and so was one of the earliest established womens' athletic clubs in Great Britain. It was first known as Eastern Ladies AC but in 1922 it became Manor Park Ladies AC and had a total membership of ...6! The club affiliated to the WAAA in 1924 and adopted the name of Essex Ladies AC in 1934.

After World War II the club based itself at three training grounds - Victoria Park, Dagenham Old Park and Ashton Playing Fields. In the early 1960's it was decided to concentrate the memberhip at Ashton but in January 1987 the club moved to the newly laid track in the Borough of Waltham Forest.

Former internationals include: the late Edith Peacock, a hurdler, and one of the founder members who, until her death in 1999 at 90 years of age, was still actively involved in the club; Dorothy Manley (now Parlett), 1948 Olympic 100m silver medalist; and Jean Desforges (now Pickering), 1954 European Long Jump bronze medalist. In 1976, Sue Longden and Gladys Taylor (now Bird) became the clubs' first Olympians for 20 years when they were selected for the Olympic Games in Montreal and in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles both Gladys Taylor in the 400m hurdles and Kim Hagger, 8th in the Heptathlon, represented Great Britain. Kim went on to win Commonwealth bronze in this event in 1986.

The club's most famous athlete, Sally Gunnell, who retired from the track in 1997, also won her first major championship in 1986 in the 100m hurdles in the Comonwealth Games. She was 5th in the 400m hurdles in the Seoul Olympics and won gold medals in the 1992 Olympics, the 1993 World Championships (with a World Record), the 1994 European Championships and 1994 Commonwealth Games. The club's most recent World Champion is 21 year old Julie Pratt who won the 100m gold medal at the 1998 World Junior Championships in France.

In the past two decades, Essex Ladies have won the Guardian Jubilee Cup eight times - the most by any British club. By winning this cup, the club has represented Great Britain in the European Clubs' Championship 8 times with the highest placing of 3rd in Como in 1987. In 1987 and 1988 the club won division 1 of the UK National League and the juniors have won the National Junior League four times and have represented Great Britain in the European Junior Clubs' Championship with a highest placing of 2nd in Paris in 1994.

In December 1998, the two clubs amalgamated and the ladies moved back to Ashton Playing Fields with both clubs enjoying the benefits of the union and the ladies sharing in the use of the clubhouse.