Information for Parents
We hope this is some useful information for parents.
Who are juniors
Juniors are boys and girls from school year 7 to school year 13.
Where are we based
We are based at the Thames Valley Athletic Centre – Pococks Lane, Eton, Windsor, SL4 6HN – one of the best facilities in England, with a high quality 8 lane all-weather track, excellent field event facilities and an indoor facility with a 6 lane 60m sprint straight and provision for long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, discus and pole vault.
When is training?
Our main training nights are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 6pm. Some training groups start later and some have additional sessions on other days, either at Thames Valley Athletic Centre or at other locations across the area.
Who are the coaches?
They are experienced, knowledgeable and fully qualified, having completed the necessary courses provided by England Athletics. The sessions are also supported by assistants and parent volunteers, to ensure that athletes receive enough individual attention during training.
What does my child need?
Trainers suitable for running. Spiked athletic shoes are optional, but they are recommended. Ask for guidance, because there are different types for general use/specific events.
Comfortable sports/athletic clothing, including extra layers for warm ups/cool downs.
Warm sports clothing, for when it is cold.
Waterproof sports clothing, for when it rains!
Water bottle, with tap/still water. Sparkling water and fizzy drinks are not suitable.
Does my child need to have a trial?
Yes, however the purpose of a trial is two-fold:
1. For the club to assess ability and potential, including fitness levels, to decide which training group is most suitable.
2. For you and your child to get a feel for the club, the environment, the training, etc, to see if you like it.
How often will my child be expected to attend training?
We believe an athlete’s development will be enhanced by them training regularly, which for most athletes will mean twice a week at club training nights (Tuesday and Thursday). Some coaches have additional sessions on other days, which athletes will be expected to attend as well.
Does my child have to compete?
Yes. We are a competitive athletic club and view athletic competitions as a priority for our athletes to both enjoy competing for the club in team-based events and to be a key part of their own development, especially for juniors with collaborative discussions with their coach regarding what events and which matches are most appropriate for them. The opportunities to compete are across both competing for the club in league matches and competing as individuals in open meetings.
Athletics is a team sport and competing for the club in league matches often requires that athletes participate in events other than just their specialist ones. Teams are selected based on the group that can collect the most amount of points for the team. We strongly encourage versatility & adaptability and like to see athletes put their names down for their speciality event(s) plus one non speciality event.
How much does it cost?
Current Annual Membership Fee and England Athletics affiliation are:
Annual Membership Fee – £75
England Athletics Affiliation Fee – £16
There is also a joining fee of £50, which includes the cost of a club top, as all athletes will need to wear one when competing.
Like many other athletics tracks, there are also track fees to pay, which is separate to the Athletic Club (i.e. charged by Thames Valley Athletic Centre). There is a discounted track card, which will also give you free parking on club training nights (Tuesdays and Thursdays). The cost is £73 and it lasts for a year.
What do I need to do?
Please complete the membership enquiries form on the contact us page and someone from the club will contact you to arrange.