2017 marked the 40th anniversary of Corby AC. The club was set up in 1977 by a group of enthusiastic parents and officials who wanted to provide the opportunity for athletes to train locally and compete for Corby. The club moved in 1985 to the Rockingham Triangle complex in Corby with a superb all weather purpose built track and grandstand which was opened by Neil Kinnock on 6 September 1985. In partnership with Corby Borough Council, we have a long-term lease on our stadium to 2054. The new clubhouse adjacent to the track is being generously funded by Tata Steel, Sport England and Corby Borough Council. The clubroom is a fantastic new base and resource for our friendly and inclusive community.
From the small group of athletes in 1997 Corby AC has grown steadily to a membership of 230 today. There are around 100 senior members, 100 junior members and 30 volunteers. Members come from all over Northamptonshire and the surrounding counties. Members compete at all levels; county, Midlands, English Schools, National and International levels in a wide range of athletic disciplines. The club has thriving training groups for track and field, cross country and road running at all ages and levels with a common determination to improve their own personal standards and to collectively support the achievements of their club. 1997 remains the athletic highlight to date when Corby AC won the Midlands men’s track and field league.
Since the start the club has been run as a voluntary, non-profit making organisation with everyone involved volunteering in their various roles. From the Chairman and committee members to the coaches, groundsman and people on the gate everyone gives their time for free. Many are parents, or have been involved in athletics in other ways and all help the Corby AC athletes to flourish. The Corby AC volunteers are a key part of the history of the club and vital to its’ future.
Corby AC was the first athletic club in Northamptonshire to be awarded Clubmark status by Sport England. The award shows that the club has met all the criteria for competition, child protection, sporting fairness and equality, health and safety and the management of the club. Clubmark is formal recognition of the club’s aim to create a high quality, welcoming and safe environment for able-bodied and disabled athletes of all ages and all ability levels.