Athlete welfare

Safeguarding procedures and policies for Abingdon AC athletes.

All athletes and club members have the right to feel safe, comfortable and supported at all times when attending training sessions or other events organised by Abingdon Athletics Club. If this is not how you or your child are being made to feel, or you have concerns about the treatment of any other athlete at the club, then please do make contact with our club’s welfare officer.

Welfare officers

You can contact Ellie or Peter, Welfare Officers, by sending an email to, or alternatively, you can speak to Ellie in person (Ellie will usually be available to speak to at Tilsley Park track on the usual club training nights).

Ellie Allsop

Ellie Allsop

Peter Akrill

Peter Akrill

Mental Health Champion

This is a new position held by Ellie Allsop. She is the point of contact for club members who may be struggling with their mental health. Although Ellie can't offer counselling, she can direct members to services which might help them. 

Welfare policies

The club has a number of welfare policies and guidelines that all coaches and members are expected to comply with. These policies have been informed by England Athletics, UKA and NSPCC documents and guidelines and are available to view below:

AAC Welfare Policies and forms (pdf format)

The Welfare Policy includes:

  • Volunteer Application and Self Declaration Form
  • Referral Form
  • Anti-bullying Policy
  • Photographic Policy
  • Consent form for photographic and recorded images

Coaches Social Media Policy (pdf)

Useful contacts

In addition to the club Welfare Officers, any of the below organisations can be contacted for advice or assistance.

UKA/England Athletics:

Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board:


  • Non-emergency: 101
  • Emergency: 999