Inverclyde AC were initiated in 1996 after Inverclyde Council brought together representatives from the local athletic community. These representatives covered the following organisations,
The Council...... Don Jamieson
Inverclyde Athletic Initiative...... Tom Tracey, Bill Stoddart
The Schools...... Brian Falconer, June Falconer
Glenpark Harriers...... Iain Cameron, Kenny Morrison
Wellpark Harriers...... George King, George Newman
Spango Valley...... Jack Lang, Janice Hendrie
Elite Athletes...... Chris Robison, Alan Puckrin
The chosen representatives of each organisation looked at various avenues in a bid to enhance the profile of athletics in the Inverclyde area, and decided that a "one club" approach was the way ahead. This idea was taken back to the three local athletic clubs, and with the agreement of all three clubs it was decided to form Inverclyde AC to compete in track & field competitions, leaving the three clubs to compete in road & cross country events. On 23rd April 1996, at Ravenscraig Stadium, Greenock, Inverclyde competed as an area in Division 4 of the Scottish Athletic League. At this meeting Inverclyde AC was officially recognised, after opening speeches by the Provost and the well known referee John Anderson, to a packed stadium.
From that day the club grew in strength, winning promotion through the divisions in consecutive years to Division 1.
After the initial first few years of track competition only, younger athletes in the club raised the possibility of competing with each other in the winter months, rather than against each other in their respective Harrier clubs. This idea was explored, resulting in Wellpark Harriers and Spango Valley AC agreeing to disband and join IAC with a view to competing all year round. At the 1998 McAndrew Road Relay, Inverclyde competed for the first time as a winter club, with club president Chris Robison running the fastest lap of the day, giving Inverclyde, an indication of the glory to come over the next few decades.
From the day that Inverclyde AC were formed, they have grown in strength, and have been fortunate to have collected a number of District and National titles on the way.
Queens Award for Voluntary Service - 2009.
The award was established in 2002 in celebration of Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee. Its purpose is to recognise groups of individuals who are giving their time freely for the benefit of others. It is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon groups of this kind and is equivalent in status to the MBE.
As such, the Queen's Award not only serves to provide recognition of volunteer groups, but also demonstrates the high respect in which volunteering is held.
The Lord Lieutenant for Renfrewshire made the Award to Inverclyde AC on behalf of the Queen at a Civic Reception held by inverclyde Council.
In addition, four club representatives were invited and attend the Queen's Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on June 30th.
scottishathletics Chief Executive Geoff Wightman said: "Congratulations to all at Inverclyde AC for this award. It recognises the high level at which the club operates and brings the work of the volunteers, who continue to deliver that success, to the attention of the wider Scottish community."