Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow Athletic Club, one of the UK’s premier athletic clubs, offers coaching across all events and for all standards from age 10 upwards (younger children can join WSEH Juniors). Based at the Thames Valley Athletics Centre in Eton, club members have access to a range of qualified and experienced coaches, an 8-lane all-weather track, an indoor facility with facilities for long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot putt, and pole vault and a weights room.
Athletes can participate in a wide range of events and competitions suitable for beginners through to international athletes.
Find out more about joining WSEH AC here.
WSE&H has a long history. The original Slough Cycling & Athletic Club was formed in the 1880s and was renamed Slough Harriers in 1920, becoming Slough Athletic Club in 1946 after World War II. A breakaway group formed Eton Athletic Club in 1948, moving to Windsor to become Windsor & Eton Athletic Club in 1953. With the advent of league athletics in 1968, Windsor & Eton AC and Slough AC merged to form a unified club called Windsor Slough & Eton AC which was based in Windsor.
In 1999, Windsor Slough & Eton AC moved to their present base at the Thames Valley Athletics Centre and in 2000 merged with Borough of Hounslow AC to become today’s Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC (WSE&H AC),
Well-known past members include Paula Fudge (former World record Holder 5,000m, 1981), Keith Connor (1984 Olympic bronze medallist, Triple Jump), Nicola Sanders (2007 world championship silver medallist, 400m) and Lawrence Clarke (2012 Olympic Games 110m H, 4th).
The club’s most famous past member is probably Sir Mo Farah, the most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history. Mo ran for Borough of Hounslow AC as a schoolboy athlete but switched to London based Newham and Essex Beagles athletics club as a senior athlete.
WSE&H has a very successful senior section with members including Great Britain international athletes Ashley Bryant (decathlon), ), Taylor Campbell (Hammer), Jessie Knight (400m & 400m hurdles), Morgan Lake (high jump) and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (800m). In addition 800m runner Zak Curran is an Irish international.
Leading senior athletes can represent the club in the Premiership division of the joint men and women’s National Athletics League track and field competition but there are opportunities throughout the year for all seniors regardless of age or ability to compete across all categories and levels of the sport including track and field, cross country and road running.
The club has a thriving junior section. Aspiring young runners, jumpers and throwers can benefit from the experience of qualified coaches and ex international athletes whilst training within groups of young athletes of the same ages and abilities from year 6 right until they leave school and go to university or start work. We know that all young people have different goals and ambitions but encourage every individual to both set and reach their own targets, from a personal best performance to county, regional, national and even international representation.
A number of the club’s current young athletes (including Alex Barbour (3,000m steeplechase), Will Barnicoat (cross country), ), Bayley Campbell (Hammer), Alex Haydock-Wilson (400m), Jake Norris (Hammer), Tade Ojora (110H) and Marcey Winter (400H)), have gained British international vests in recent years.
Young athletes will have the opportunity to compete in inter-club leagues, county, schools, open meetings, regional and national championships (track and field in the summer and cross country, road and indoor tracks in the winter).
Athletes/parents/carers of athletes who already know which event they want to specialise in should visit the coaching page and make contact with the relevant coach(es) to discuss next steps.
Beginners – The WSE&H Academy
Young athletes from the age of 10 (up to 14) who think that athletics could be the sport for them but do not know which event(s) they would be best suited to, are welcome to join the club’s Academy.
COVID-19 Update 26th August 2020
As we do not have access to Datchet & Eton Leisure’s indoor spaces due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Academy is currently running only on Tuesdays for a small number of current members. In addition, a parent/carer of all athletes accepted into the Academy and attending Academy sessions must stay on the premises whilst training sessions are taking place.
We are sorry but due to COVID-19 restrictions, the club is unfortunately not able to take any new members or hold a waiting list for the Academy at the moment. We request that parents/carers of any children interested in joining the Academy wait until the end of October before getting in touch via the Contact Us form when we hope to be better able to assess whether we can hold some trial sessions and take on new athletes.
If you have a child/children who are really keen and know what type of event they want to do, some of our coaches are still taking new young athletes into their squads and offering trial sessions. Please visit the Coaches’ section of the website for more details.
Child Protection and Safeguarding
WSEH Athletic Club has a moral and legal obligation to ensure that young people participating in their sport can do so in a safe environment and the welfare of each child is paramount.
All coaches and volunteers must ensure that they give the highest standard of care and act in accordance with the club’s child protection policy. which you can read here.
The club’s kit consists of a Saxe blue vest or crop top with two horizontal yellow stripes around the middle of the torso.
If you/your child would like to purchase some kit, please come to the upstairs club room on club nights and ask for either Irene or Michelle.
If your coaching group is not based at TVAC, please ask your coach if they keep a stock of kit to sell or alternatively arrange to collect your kit from a team manager at your next competition. Please Contact Us if you need further information.
With a host of senior and young athlete GB and home countries’ internationals as past and present members, WSEH AC has an impressive set of club records across all genders and age groups. The earliest recorded records date back to the 1970s when U17M Chris Sly ran 4.12.3 for the 1500m steeplechase in 1974 and Senior Man Peter Standing ran 7.54.97 for 3000m.
The newest records belong to senior man hammer thrower Taylor Campbell who threw 74.98m in March 2020 and senior woman Jessie Knight who ran 55.27 for 400m hurdles in August 2020.
View and download club records by age group and gender:
|Assistant Secretary||Lynda Bussley|
|Child Welfare Officer||John Higgins|
|Coaching Secretary||Laura Burke|
|Deputy Chairman||Conrad Milton|
|General Committee Members||Julie Babis, Linda Derby, Petra Owona, Lesley Pearson, Val Stenning|
|Hon Secretary||Dennis Daly|
|Membership Secretary||Dave Weston|
|Schools Liaison Officer||Vacant|
|Team Director||Irene Speller|