What has not been reported abotu birrchfield is that they continually produce nationalleague final teams iin all ages and win some age groups and also have plenty of international representation at all levels so they are doing something right. They have ahd a steady management dtucture and their gras roots is very much one a few families putting thier heart and soul into the club surrounded by stalwards who continually produce athltes to a high standaed or have themselves been national coaches or international athletes themselves. darrell Bunn, Kevin reeves, Tony Hadley are a fewe coaches who come to mind who have coahed there for years and produced and still produce goos standard athletes.
However, the need for good competition has forced many top athletes from smaller clubs to joi the elite clubs for 3-4 gaurenteed good competitions as rocking up to a southern men div 3 and jogging the 100m is no use to anyone. These dyas, throwers pick clubs who are short in their event so they are guarenteed top competition. The national league for years has featured the top throwers in most matches so it is like a AAA final four times a year - which may be what some need - good competition to bring it out of them and athletes should not apologise for wanting to show some ambition. What club you then join is then to avoid yo-yo clubs, ie ones who keep going up and down divisions, thus, Birchfield, Woodfood and Newham seem to be the most popular choice in the men's and some clubs even pay some athletes.
I think rather than criticising Birchfield and bigger clubs like them, i think they should be recognised for some of the good work they do and also the good they do in their community.