Club Foundations - how it all began
The Club's 25th Anniversary bench on Hayes Common
Bromley Veterans Athletics Club was formed in 1989 by a group of ladies who were at that time members of Bromley Ladies AC. Unfortunately, the veteran members of this club did not get a lot of opportunity for club competition. A few were called upon to compete in 2nd and 3rd teams but some did not compete at all. They were largely left to their own devices and apart from vets only meetings had to compete in open events against athletes much younger than themselves. By the autumn of 1988, veteran members and especially road runners, began drifting away to join other local running clubs. However, the vets liked competing as a team and indeed in the summer of 1989 on joining the Midlands Track & Field Veteran League they won their division and came second in the final. So the idea formed of creating a separate veterans-only club and in September 1989 around 14 veteran ladies resigned from Bromley Ladies AC and after much work a new mixed club, Bromley Veterans A.C was formed. This was thought at that time to be the only veterans-only club in the country apart from the regional ones and we believe that this is still the case today. The original idea was that the club would be small and friendly, with as few rules and regulations as possible. It was decided that club colours would be royal blue and gold – colours which we still proudly maintain today. By the end of that first year the original nucleus of ex-Bromley Ladies had been joined by veterans from other local clubs, and BVAC had 24 members, including two brave men. Club night was Tuesday and members met up at Norman Park, or the club headquarters in the nearby Bromley Town Squash Club (now the Nuffield Health Club). Membership has risen steadily over the years and now stands at around 100, with an equal division of men and women. Tenth, twentieth and twenty-fifth anniversaries have been marked with formal dinners and special events, together with fund-raising for local and national charities. The thirtieth anniversary will be 2019 - watch this space!