Information for young athletes.

Who can join in?

Our young athletes start from seven year olds and train in a Fundamentals program which is games based training, increasing the heart rate and enjoyment of the sport. Athletics training too mainly long jump, throws and short sprints and 600m. Our ethos is firmly on enjoying exercise and building confidence at this age.

From around age 10-11 the athletes then move into a transition group this includes sprints and endurance based sessions aimed at drills, more technical reps, language and structure and allowing them to find the events they particularly enjoy and have a feel for. From here they would move into a more technical group either with a sprints group or an endurance group usually once they reach the U13 age group (the Spring of school Year 8).

Neither of these dates is fixed though the groups are very fluid depending on the athlete’s confidence and when they and the coaches feel they are ready to move groups.

Competing

Our young athletes compete as well. During the summer season we take part in The Oxfordshire Track and Field Junior League and Young Athletes League. There are also several graded meetings taking place locally both midweek and weekend for athletes in the U13, U15 and u17 age groups and Quad kids events for U11 athletes.

During the winter months we take part in the Oxford Mail Cross Country League and there are Sportshall indoor athletics meetings for athletes aged 8 to 14.

Although competing is encouraged by the club it is by no means a requirement for membership of the club at U11’s although there is an expectation that athletes will compete once they reach the U13 age group. We are a competitive club and the coaches are training athletes for competition whether that is cross country or road racing or track and field (or all)!

Joining the club

If you do go ahead and join the club after the induction evening and three taster sessions then our membership fees are £25.00 for U11’s and £35 for U13s, U15s and U17s. (Age category is determined by the athletes age on 31st August). 

Visit the young athletes membership page for full details and the membership form.