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Club Welfare Officers

The welfare of members is the responsibility of everyone involved in the club. Together we ensure members feel welcome, included and supported. The welfare officers are available to anyone in the club who is experiencing an issue with the club whether as an organisation or because of an individuals behaviour 

For more information see the current England Athletics guidelines


David Yarnell 

I have been a member of Desford Striders for the last 7 years and have thoroughly enjoyed the inclusivity of the club joining with my now wife Alice so we could both part in the sessions together. Alice even got the first Desford trophy out of us too. 

I have always enjoyed the training and support from the whole Desford team weather racing in all weather dry, wet, snowy or windy and even abroad in Benidorm.

I have put myself forward as a welfare officer to help the club and ensure it is run effectively. I am experienced in dealing with safeguarding issues in adults in my day job. 

4 facts about me: 

Recently completed for Team GB in Age group Aqua bike and Duathlon in March.

Have cage dived with great white Sharks and seen the Big 5 on safari.

I have one daughter with another child expected in June 23 so maybe slightly busier from then. 

I have cycled the worlds most dangerous road in Bolivia.

As a member of the club you can raise a concern (informally or formally) about the safety or welfare of yourself, another adult or a junior member of the club by contacting me on the following details David Yarnall e:

p. 07904647001

Anita Beeby

I have been a Desford Strider for four years and I couldn’t imagine life without the club now. I joined when I moved to the village, so it was a great way to meet new people and focus on new beginnings. 

I think we would all agree that the club is so much more than a running club and I know the friendships and connections I have made along the way have supported me through the good days, the bad days and everything in between. 

There is always a warm welcome whether it be at a club run or a race…there’s always lots of support and banter and everyone always walks away smiling. It’s such a great team spirit which really is amazing to be part of. 

Five facts about me:

1. I am ALWAYS cold 

2. My best friend is called Mable and we love our adventures together 

3. Mountains are my happy place 

4. I am a proud mum to four sons 

5. I’ve never ran a road marathon, however I have ran a trail marathon at Beachy Head 

I put myself forward for the role of Welfare Officer as I wanted to get more involved in the club and give something back. I like to think I am approachable and I hope as a member of the club you will feel comfortable approaching me about any concerns you may have. As Welfare Officer I hope to implement the following:

• Build a club culture where members feel welcome, safe, included and supported.

• Ensure that the welfare policy set out by UK Athletics and England Athletics are implemented by the club

• Managing incidents and reporting safeguarding issues/concerns to UK Athletics

• Supporting with DBS checks and references for club volunteers

As a member of the club you can raise a concern (informally or formally) about the safety or welfare of yourself, another adult or a junior member of the club by contacting me on the following details:

Anita Beeby  

e: m: 07972 610886

I am also hoping to become a Mental Health Champion, so hopefully you will see more posts from me regarding mental wellbeing, if you have any suggestions or ideas on promoting mental wellbeing, please get in touch.

Finally, I am very much looking forward to being more involved in the club and will hopefully see all your lovely faces soon on a run 

Members Welfare Info : Meet the Team

Mental Health Champions provide support and guidance to raise awareness of mental health problems. support people experiencing mental health problems to be physically active through running, whether that is to support them in starting, returning to or continuing to run.

Our Mental Health champions are Lisa Bettoney, Anita Beeby and Sarah Ball.

There is lots of useful information on the NHS Every Mind Matters website.

Members Welfare Info : Image


Our Welfare officers have put together these documents for club procedures etc 

Club Grievance Procedure 

EA Insurance Cover 

Members Welfare Info : Files
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