There are a wide variety of track and field coaching sessions for young athletes.

Stages and purpose

We work on the stages and purpose of coaching an athlete, these being:

  • FUNdamentals: to learn fundamental movement and sport skills
  • Learning to train: to build fitness and specific sports skills
  • Training to compete: to refine skills for specific event or position
  • Training to win: to maximise performance in competition

Note: there is a charge for using the track. Visit the Tilsley Park website for details.

Training groups

FUNdamentals - Tim Hampson

Assistant Coaches Martin Barrett, Serge Convers-Reignier and Matthew Hill.

Tuesday and Thursday at Tilsley Park track at 6.45 – 8.00pm

Transition - Jason Bruce

Assisted by David Bedlington and Adrian Shepherd.

Tuesday and Thursday at Tilsley Park track at 6.45 – 8.00pm

Winter training timetable 2015-16 - Sprints and Transition (pdf format)

Endurance - Bernard Wilkins

With Jon Bones, Gina Lodowski and Liz Purbrick.

Tuesday and Thursday at Tilsley Park track at 6.45 – 8.00pm

Find out more ...

Sprints / jumps / throws - Colin Mitchell, Athena Chown and Luke Chown

With Charlotte Salt and Nikki Gregory.

Tuesday and Thursday at Tilsley Park track at 6.30 – 8.00pm or

Find out more about Sprints squad.


All coaches are fully qualified England Athletics coaches and we are very lucky to hold the CLUBMARK badge, only given to clubs of a certain standing. Liz, our coaching coordinator, is always happy to talk to anyone interested in helping out at the club, with maybe the intention of working towards a coaching qualification.

Luke Chown is the Coaching Co-ordinator.


We compete in a varied range of leagues during the seasons and whilst we do not make it compulsory for young athletes to take part we feel it beneficial to all athletes in the U11 and U13 age groups if they can take part in a few competitions throughout the year.

Sprints and Endurance groups are competition level and at these age groups U15's, U17's and U20's there is an expectation that the athletes will take part in competitions. There is usually a minimum number of events required by the coaches for the athletes to take part in and this is usually at least four across the season.


The Young Athlete Membership Secretary will help you with any queries you have related to becoming a junior member.