Kenmare Athletic Club
Kenmare Athletic Club reformed in 2009 after an absence of more than 10 years. The club currently has over 200 registered juvenile and master athletes and is one of the biggest clubs in the county. Our athletes compete in cross country, track and field events at County, Munster and National level. Kenmare AC have held the Kerry Juvenile Country Cross Country Shield for the last four years and were the overall winners at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Kerry Community Games Athletics. In 2014 they were recipients of the Munster Star Award for best ‘B’ Cross Country Club in Munster.
We hold regular fundraising events throughout the year including the Wild West Run, The Kenmare Bridge Run and the Humpty Dumpty Duathlon which allow us to keep our membership at a very reasonable €20 for juveniles and €25 for adults. Two fun development events are also held every year to encourage participation in athletics – these are the Inter School Cross Country Championships in September and the Kenmare Primary School Sports in May.
We hold several training sessions every week that are open to all registered club members. There is a nominal charge for indoor sessions to cover cost of hiring the hall and new equipment but outdoor training is free of charge.
Indoor Athletics: January to Easter – Friday night in the GAA Hall
Junior Infants to 1st class from 6:15-7pm and 2nd to 6th class from 7-8pm.
Cost: €2 per child per session
Strength and Conditioning/Sprint Training: Monday 7:15-8:15pm in the GAA Hall
For all secondary level and senior/master athletes this session is tailored for sprint and endurance athletes and is a vital part of any training programme.
Cost: €2 per session
Throws and Sprints: Sunday from 10:30am
Suitable for all athletes from 2nd class upwards. Throws covered include discus, shot and javelin and session ends with sprint and hurdles.
After Easter training moves outdoors and is open to our older athletes from 2nd class upwards. This training is aimed at preparing our older athletes for competing in the Kerry County Championships, Munster Championships and Community Games.
Cross Country training (for 2nd class upwards only) is held at Faungorths twice a week after school during the cross country season – September to February.
All our coaches have completed the relevant training courses and coaches, and all our volunteers, have taken the Code of Ethics in Sport course and have been Garda Vetted.