The Club

Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow Athletic Club, one of the UK’s premier athletic clubs, offers qualified coaching and competition across all events and all standards from age 10 upwards. We also have WSEH Juniors for children from the age of 7. Based at the Thames Valley Athletic Centre in Eton, club members have access to a range of qualified and experienced coaches, 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, plus a weights room.

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.

We are a friendly and competitive club. 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 and someone from the club will contact you to arrange.

“We were really impressed with the set-up, the friendliness of you all and the professionalism that we saw at the club”. A parent.

“Our daughter enormously enjoyed the session yesterday. Came away really enthusiastic. I was impressed not only with the facility but also with your ethos and the energy and passion that is clearly put into the club”. A parent.

“We have been really impressed with the support and attention that you have given to our daughter so far and really look forward to seeing her progression”. A parent.

“My son is thoroughly enjoying his sessions. Everyone has made him feel very welcome and the standard of coaching is exceptional. He has already learned a lot in just a short time with you, thank you so much.” A parent.

Please note that we are a competitive athletic club and as such, has two key expectations of its members:

1. To train regularly – which for most athletes will mean twice a week at club training nights (Tuesday & Thursday evenings).

2. To compete regularly for the club at athletics meetings (track and field, road running, cross country) – which for most athletes will mean at least 50% of the competitions that they are eligible for.

Our history

Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow Athletic Club 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 Athletic Centre and in 2000 merged with Borough of Hounslow AC to become today’s Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow Athletic Club.

The club’s most famous past member is probably Sir Mo Farah, the most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history. Mo was with Borough of Hounslow AC throughout his formative years and remains closely connected to Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow Athletic Club, most recently supporting the club’s crowdfunding appeal to facilitate the upgrades required to retain our England Athletics TrackMark accreditation https://www.englandathletics.org/clubs-and-facilities/news/crowdfunding-success-for-windsor-slough-eton-and-hounslow-athletic-club/

Other well-known past members include:

Bev Kinch (1983 Universiade gold medallist 100m, 1984 European Indoor Championship gold medallist 60m and former UK long jump record holder 1983–2012).

Keith Connor (1978 and 1982 Commonwealth Games gold medallist triple jump, 1982 European Championships gold medallist triple jump, 1984 Olympic Games bronze medallist triple jump).

Lawrence Clarke (2009 European Junior Championships gold medallist 110m hurdles, 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist 110m hurdles, 2012 Olympic Games 4th place 110m hurdles).

Mark Hylton (1995 European Junior Championships gold medallist 400m and 4x400m, 1996 Olympic Games silver medallist 4x400m, 1997 World Championships silver medallist 4x400m, 1998 European Championships gold medallist 4x400m, 1998 Commonwealth Games silver medallist 4x400m).

Mark Richardson (1996 Olympic Games silver medallist 4x400m, 1997 World Championship silver medallist 4x400m, 1998 European Championships gold medallist 4x400m, 1998 Commonwealth Games silver medallist 400m and 4x400m).

Nicola Sanders (2007 European Indoor Championships gold medallist 400m, 2007 World Championship silver medallist, 400m, 2008 Olympic Games bronze medallist 4x400m and four World Championship 4x400m bronzes).

Paula Fudge (1978 Commonwealth Games gold medallist 3000m and former 5,000m world record holder 1981).

Shirley Thomas (1981 European Junior Championships silver medallist 100m, 1982 European Championships silver medallist 4x100m, 1983 World Championships silver medallist 4x100m).

Wendy Sly MBE (1982 Commonwealth Games silver medallist 3000m, 1984 Olympic Games silver medallist 3000m).

A number of the club’s current young athletes have progressed all the way to becoming Great Britain international athletes – Alex Barbour (3,000m steeplechase), Alex Haydock-Wilson (400m), Ashley Bryant (decathlon), Bayley Campbell (Hammer), Jacob Paul (400m hurdles), Jake Norris (Hammer), Jessie Knight (400m & 400m hurdles), Marcey Winter (400 hurdles), Megan Marrs (100m hurdles), Morgan Lake (high jump), Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (800m) Tade Ojora (110 hurdles), Taylor Campbell (Hammer), Tobi Ogunkanmi (100m) and Toby Makoyawo (100m).

In addition, a number of our current young athletes are in the Olympic Futures Programme for 2021/2022 – Tade Ojora and Jake Norris (Olympic Futures Transition), Toby Makoyawo and Temi Ojora (Olympic Futures Academy) and Jodie Smith (Olympic Futures Academy – awarded a second year) https://www.britishathletics.org.uk/news-and-features/british-athletics-announce-the-2021-22-cohort-of-olympic-and-paralympic-futures-academy-programme-athletes/

The club are immensely proud of these athletes and congratulate them on these achievements. We look forward to more athletes going on to achieve such heights in the future.

International selection and performance is only one measure of the success of the club. We are proud to be one of the top sixteen clubs in the country who compete in the Premiership Division of the National Athletics League (finishing 5th last time) and one of the sixteen clubs who compete in the top division of the Southern Athletics League, which we won in 2019 and were 2nd in 2021. We also work very hard on developing junior athletes and we currently have over 420 active members across both juniors and seniors.

Current club records honours board

Seniors

Seniors are men and women who are at least 20 as of 31st December 2021.

Athletes making the transition from juniors to seniors is a key event in their development and often follows athletes having had a great time training and competing as a junior. Representing your club for the first time as a senior is a proud moment and ahead lies a great future of being an athlete during what is regarded as an athlete’s peak years.

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. For our seniors, the club provides qualified coaches who deliver high quality training sessions, focusing on athlete’s individual development.

In addition to training, the club provides opportunities for seniors 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.

We have a highly successful senior section. In the summer competition year, (1st April to 30th September), for track & field, we are proud to be one of the top sixteen clubs in the country who compete in the National Athletics League Premiership Division, in which we finished 5th last time. Our seniors also compete in the top division of the Southern Athletics League, which we won in 2019 and were 2nd in 2021.

In the winter competition year, (1st October to 31st March), we compete in the following inter club team-based competitions:

South of England (SEAA) Road Relays

National Road Relays

South of England (SEAA) Cross Country Relays

National Cross Country Relays

Southern (SEAA) Cross Country Championships

National Cross Country Championships

Chiltern Cross Country League

Athletes can also compete individually in County Cross Country Championships and from there, Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships.

In addition to this there are indoor track & field ‘open meetings’. Most open meetings are designed for athletes to compete as individuals to try to improve their personal best times and distances / win medals and trophies.

Juniors

Juniors (under 13’s/under 15’s/under 17’s/under 20’s) – see the coaching training and competitions page for information on age groups.

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 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 qualified coaches who deliver high quality training sessions, focusing on athlete’s individual development.

In addition to training, 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.

In the summer competition year, (1st April to 30th September), for track & field the opportunities are:

The Alder Valley League – for under 11s, under 13s, under15s and under 17s, which provides an excellent opportunity for development of beginner athletes.

The Youth Development League – two competitions, one for under 20s and under 17s and one for under 15s and under 13s, which are an excellent part of our athlete’s development.

The Southern Athletics League – where under 20s and under 17s can join the team alongside seniors, competing in the top division, which we won in 2019 and were 2nd in 2021.

In addition to this there are ‘open meetings’. These tend to be hosted by athletic clubs and area athletic bodies. Most open meetings are designed for athletes to compete as individuals to try to improve their personal best times and distances / win medals and trophies. They are also a way of gaining entry standards for championships and other competitions. Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow Athletic Club view open meetings as another key part of an athlete’s development, especially for juniors. NB: some are open to athletes of any age and standard and others require qualification standards to be met before an entry will be accepted.

In the winter competition year, (1st October to 31st March), we compete in the following inter club team-based competitions:

South of England (SEAA) Road Relays

National Road Relays

South of England (SEAA) Cross Country Relays

National Cross Country Relays

Southern (SEAA) Cross Country Championships

National Cross Country Championships

Chiltern Cross Country League

Athletes can also compete individually in County Cross Country Championships and from there, Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships.

In addition to this there are indoor track & field ‘open meetings’. Most open meetings are designed for athletes to compete as individuals to try to improve their personal best times and distances / win medals and trophies. Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow Athletic Club view indoor track & field as another key part of an athlete’s development, especially for juniors.

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.

The Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow Athletic Club Academy

The club’s Academy is for young athletes from the age of 10 up to 15, who think that athletics could be the sport for them but do not know which event(s) they would be best suited to. The lead Academy Coach is Ellie Moore, very experienced and a long-term member of the club as an athlete and coach.

The Academy serves as an introduction for young athletes into all areas of athletics covering running, jumping, throwing, which also works on balance, coordination and agility, to enable athletes to grow and develop their confidence and capabilities.

If your child would like to come along for a trial session, please complete the membership enquiries form on the contact us page and someone from the club will contact you to arrange.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the Academy, please complete the enquiry form on the contact us page and someone from the Academy will contact you to discuss further.

Download the Academy Fact Sheet here.