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Dunboyne Athletic Club was founded in 1928 and is affiliated to the Athletics Association of Ireland. It is in the top 5 largest clubs in the country with approx. 800 members, a large club, but one that still retains a small club feel. It’s a club that not only serves the local community; its reach extends far beyond the parish boundaries towards Blanchardstown, Ashbourne, Kilcock and Maynooth. Links have been developed with the local schools and the wider community during a time when the demographic of the club has changed quite a bit. Our name is a good one, both locally and on an athletics stage in Ireland.

We embrace a huge cohort in Dunboyne AC under the various streams that exist in the club, whether it’s athletics, recreational racing or health and wellness. The club is very well balanced and inclusive, it has something to offer everyone. We’ve a membership from the age of 7 to 87 and all having fun, training, competing and winning too. We had a 75 year old member, John Cotter, complete the Dublin Marathon in 2013. In Dunboyne AC there are two main types of outings – running and social. Really though they’re both very social! The club organises regular nights out throughout the year with table quizzes, socials throughout the year and our annual dinner dance!

Development Club of the Year
Dunboyne Athletic Club received the Development Club of the Year 2014 award at the Athletics Ireland annual awards. The club received the recognition for a number of reasons such as facilties available, Fit4life outlets as well as achievements by those wearing the club colours at provincial and national competitions. Only one club is picked out of the 300 in the country and we were delighted to be the one chosen. Dunboyne AC was also one of a small number of Clubs presented with the prestigious Club Mark by Athletics Ireland for 2014/2015. The award was presented in recognition of the Club’s commitment to excellence in club management.

Facilities
At present we have a 400m all weather floodlit track with a cinder surface. The club was in a relatively healthy position financially in 2015, and after lengthy research, a decision was made at that time to install a tartan track in June 2015, with Phase 1 already completed. It will provide a top class facility for use in training, will be suitable for training on all year around, have a surface that reduces stress and fatigue on the muscles, and minimises the probability of injuries and accidents. The Four Acres (a 300 meter grass track adjacent to our main track) will be developed alongside it, broadening our options for training.

Corporate Sponsorship
At this stage of fundraising for our tartan track, we’re seeking the support of local businesses. We have put together a number of packages that we believe will persuade prospective donors to invest in our worthy cause. These packages offer local businesses an opportunity to back our club in a way that will create benefits and opportunities of unique value. Please contact us to see our range of unique value propositions. An investment in our club on your part can also be claimed as a tax relief. Any level of support you could provide would be of great assistance to our efforts in putting in place a significant sporting and community resource for Dunboyne and the surrounding environs.

Athletics
Dunboyne AC have throwing facilities, a clubhouse with changing rooms and hot showers, together with a weights and gym area, and meeting rooms. The range of running events that club athletes are involved in includes sprinting, hurdles, middle- and long-distance, road racing (5k to marathon), ultra running, cross country and mountain running. Our club has now developed as such that nearly all aspects of athletics are covered by our members. We now have athletes taking part in Javelin, Hammer, Discus, Shot Putt, 56 Pound, High Jump, Hurdles, Treble Jump, Pole Vault and Long Jump. The club has athletes competing at county, national and international level across all strands of athletics.

We cater for athletes of all ages and every ability. There are three main groups in Dunboyne AC: Juvenile, Senior (Running and Athletics) and Fit4Life. We have invested heavily in coaching personnel at all these levels. Click on the links below to read more about each group.

Join SeniorJoin Fit4LifeJoin JuvenileJoin Fit4Youth

Couch to 5K and Beyond Programme
We have a new Couch to 5K and Beyond programme starting in January every year. Our previous programmes were a huge success with many people moving into our Fit4Life Group and continuing to train with us. Keep watch of our website closer to January, or follow us on Facebook for details of the next one!

DA’Camp Programme
We run a fitness programme called DA’Camp programme from time to time. These classes, coached by our own athletes, and come highly recommended for fitness, core-strength and sheer enjoyment, so give them a try if you haven’t done before. Open to members and non-members alike, so keep watch of our website or follow us on Facebook for details of the next one!

Join Us
You must be a member of Dunboyne AC to join any of the above groups. New members are always welcome. Feel free to come along to training to check it out and then join up if you think you’ll come again. If you need more information, please email dunboyneac@gmail.com. Click on this link below to see Membership Fees and pay your 2017 Membership:

registration

Note: Fully paid members will be registered with Athletics Association of Ireland (AAI) and Meath County Board. Membership period is for the calendar year January to December. AAI registration includes insurance cover under the AAI Insurance Scheme. Only registered members are eligable to compete for Dunboyne AC in AAI competitions and are insured to use the Dunboyne AC track.

Registration Queries
For any registration queries, please contact our Registrar Rob Webb at dunboyneac@gmail.com

Safety & Etiquette
In order to ensure the safety of all track users, please adhere to the following Safety & Etiquette Guidelines during Tuesday and Thursday adult training sessions.

Volunteer
If you have a skill, trade or expertise in a particular area e.g. painting, carpentry, catering, first aid etc. and would like to get more involved in the running of the club, we would be delighted to add your name to our database. We are all volunteers and the more help we have, the better our club will be. Please email Teresa at atsmith@eircom.net. In regards to coaching, we are always looking for athletes or parents who would be interested in getting involved with Juvenile training. We have a large number of juveniles and it would enhance the training sessions if there was more adult help available. (Training takes place Mon & Wed 7-8pm).

Find Us
The track is situated on the Rooske Road, Dunboyne (beside the GAA Club, and across the road from Beechdale Housing Estate).