Juniors (school years 6 to 13)
There are four age groups for Juniors: under 13’s, under 15’s, under 17’s and under 20’s. For information on all age groups, please see here.
We have a thriving junior section. Aspiring young runners, jumpers and throwers are developed throughout their time as a junior at the club – from the age of 10/11, or from whatever age they join, right through to making the transition to seniors.
We are committed to providing an environment that is welcoming to all, is a fun, positive environment for athletes, volunteers & parents and we support the physical, emotional and social development of all our members. This is especially true for our juniors for whom the club provides experienced, qualified coaches who deliver high quality training sessions, focusing on athlete’s individual development.
We are a competitive athletic club, (across track & field, road running and cross country). Our expectations for being a member are:
1. Athletes to train regularly, which will mean twice a week at club training nights (Tuesday & Thursday evenings, from 6pm). Some of the specialist training groups have additional sessions on other days, which athletes will be expected to attend as well*
2. Athletes to compete for the club. Matches are on Saturdays or Sundays, from 11am**
*If your child has other sporting/recreational commitments which clash with athletics training, you will need to consider this when thinking about joining, as regular attendance at our training sessions is expected.
**With regard to competing in league matches, our teams are selected based on the group that can collect the most amount of points for the team. We view athletics as a team sport and strongly encourage versatility and adaptability, so like to see athletes competing for the club in additional events that they are capable of doing, as well as just their specialist ones.
Club training nights are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, at Thames Valley Athletic Centre in Eton, 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. For more information on training, please see here.
Individual development of athletes is very important to us and we use trials to find the most appropriate training group for the athlete. The process for joining starts with a general trial. The purpose of a trial is two-fold:
1. For parents/athletes to ‘get a feel’ for the club, the environment, the training, etc, to see if they like it.
2. For the club to assess ability / potential, fitness levels and their attitude & receptiveness to coaching/training.
New members are always welcome. If you would like to register your interest in joining, or if you have a child who would like to come along for a trial, please complete the membership enquiries form on the contact us page and someone from the club will contact you to arrange.
With regard to competing, we expect all our athletes to compete 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.
The club provides opportunities for juniors to compete throughout the whole calendar year. In the summer competition year, (1st April to 30th September), this is mainly track & field and in the winter competition year, (1st October to 31st March), this includes road running, cross country and indoor track & field. The club therefore races all year round, so for many members who are runners, they have a 12-month competition year to race and compete for the club. For more information on competitions, please see here.
Because athletics is a sport that rewards achievement and improvement, through the setting and beating of personal bests, all juniors have the opportunity to improve and we encourage and support every individual to reach potentially higher levels. Many of our juniors have gone on to achieve county, regional, national and even international representation.
Read Clemmie’s story here.
Read Lilianne’s story here.
Read Jess Hatch’s story here.
Read Rachel’s story here.
Read Luke’s story here.
Read Jodie’s story here.
Read about Michael here.
Read Otis’ story here.
“My coach is very encouraging and it gives me the opportunity to run for my own enjoyment and improvement”.An athlete.
“He absolutely loves the training, he is very happy with his coaches, the club and all those he trains with. He’s enjoyed this season and all the opportunities to compete. Thank you!“A parent
“My son joined one of the sprint squads in the summer of 2022, having previously run for a local running club. I cannot speak highly enough of this athletics club, he has grown in confidence over the last 6 months and has fallen in love with athletics again. This is all down to the superb coaching and fantastic atmosphere at the club”.A parent