Junior training, for 8-13 year olds, takes place on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Horspath Track. Training is designed to be fun, and begins with introducing young athletes to the basics of good movement, while also progressively introducing strength and endurance. All athletes will be given an opportunity to learn the elements of running, jumping and throwing, and as they progress through the junior age groups will be given ever-more structured coaching in the various athletic disciplines. Athletes will also be given opportunities to compete, in indoor Sportshall Competitions and outdoor Quadkids Competitions, where they will compete against children of the same age and general ability. Competitions are generally short, and parents are encouraged to support and assist their children to learn about the sport.
Monday evening training is by invitation to the most committed athletes, while Wednesday evening training is open to all.
On reaching the age of 13 we expect athletes to progress to training with our seniors on a Tuesday and Thursday, where they will be coached alongside other experienced juniors.
At junior training all athletes must register and wear a wrist band so that we know who is training each night. There is a small training fee for each training session which must be paid on registration. Parents are encouraged to arrive in plenty of time to enable their children to book in well before training starts at 6.30pm, and are asked to collect their children promptly at 8pm.
Junior training generally continues throughout the year and in all weathers. Please make sure that your child comes properly dressed in warm clothes when the weather is cold – gloves, track suit and hat, and in cool clothes when the weather is warm – shorts and T-shirt. Children should wear trainers on their feet.
On a few occasions each year we cancel training due to extreme weather conditions or due to a shortage of coaches in peak holiday periods. As we are not always able to give distant advance warning of such cancellation parents are advised to regularly check the club website for announcements about last-minute cancellations.
Our junior coaches are listed on the Coaches page, but our core junior coaching team is: Ashley Barton, Mark Bristow, Wendy Fowler, Carl Bowen, Denise Shorter, Richard Hart, Kathryn Munday, Charlie Akers, Mark Pitt, Gabriel Nicolaou and Kerstie Judson.