Information for Juniors

What does ‘juniors’ mean?

Boys and girls from Year 4 to Year 11

Quad Kids

Quad kids, which is for Year 4 and 5 children, aims to introduce the children to running, jumping and throwing. In the summer the children can compete in quad kids competitions in which they must take part in four events: 75m sprint, 600m run, long jump and throwing the vortex. Times and distances are converted to points which are added together to give a final score. In the winter there are a small number of cross country events for U11s (usually Year 5 and Year 6) and an even smaller number for U9 (Year 4).

Year 6 - Year 11

From Year 6 upwards athletes can compete in most of the standard athletics events in a number of different leagues and competitions in both the winter and summer. Younger athletes (Year 6 and Year 7) are encouraged to try lots of different events at training and in competitions while older athletes will gradually specialise. Coaches and team managers can give advice and information about competitions. All athletes are expected to compete for the club at least 5 times each year.

When do juniors train?

Year 4 athletes train on a Tuesday evening 5.30-6.30, Year 5 athletes train on a Thursday evening 5.30-6.30 and new Year 6 and Year 7 athletes train on a Wednesday 6.30-8.00 in the Development Group - more information about that below.   As the athletes get older they may be invited to train on a Tuesday evening 6.30-7.30 and at other times such as a Saturday morning as suggested by their coach.

Where do training sessions take place?

Training sessions take place at the track on Bar End Road in Winchester. Please park at Barfield Close Park and Ride, which is free on a Thursday evening, and cross the road to the track.

What does my child need?

Your child needs comfortable and warm/waterproof sports clothing. He/she does not need spiked running shoes to start with. He/she will need a drink – water is absolutely fine.

Who are the coaches?

The coaches are all volunteers, many of whom have children who are involved in athletics or who have been involved in athletics as competitors themselves.

Our ethos

We hope that all athletes will enjoy their training and will try their best at all times. We expect them to treat their coaches and each other with courtesy. We seek to encourage good training habits and high standards of behaviour. We are a competitive club and expect members to compete.


Does my child have to be a particular standard?

No, we welcome all abilities. However, it is helpful for us to know in which event your child is interested if he/she already has some experience of athletics as there may be space for particular events but not for others.

Can my child just turn up?

No, please contact us before turning up to training. We have waiting lists in operation and need to make sure that there is room before your child comes to a training session.

Waiting lists

Due to high demand for places, the club operates a waiting list for places for Year 4, 5, 6 and 7.

If your child is in year 4, 5, 6 and 7 and wishes to be added to the waiting list, please email with the following information: child's name, school year, dob and any particular area of interest. Please do not contact us before Easter of Year 3. You will be informed when there are spaces.  If you are able to commit to coaching regularly your child will be given priority.

If you are in Year 6 or 7 and have achieved top 3 in a district level competition or are transferring from another club please email with the following information: name, date of birth and area of interest/performance

If you want to find out more about the club please contact one of the year contacts: or or or

Please do not turn up on a club night unexpected as you will be turned away.

If you are in Year 8 and above there is no waiting list for these age groups. Please contact for more info





Supporting our younger competitors at events...

Dear Parents,

We would really like your help to ensure that we continue to support as many of our competing young athletes as possible.  We are finding that more and more children are wishing to attend events without the company of a parent, and that is putting additional pressure on the Team Managers, as they are unable to keep watch over all the children, all of the time.

For some events we have over 30 young people representing the Club, and ensuring that they are all where they should be is quite a task! The Team Managers' role on the day is to ensure that the children know where they need to be for each of their events, and that they are prepared, and happy to compete.  Their focus in on the competition, not on looking after all of the children throughout the day - they are reliant on the parents to look after their children at other times (for example, between events).

Moving forward, ALL children competing in U15s (and under) must be accompanied by a responsible adult at events.  To make it easier, one parent may volunteer to be responsible for a number of children, as long as this is confirmed to the Team Manager at the time of entering the competition. 

Thank you for your assistance in this - I am sure you agree that ensuring the children continue to enjoy their sport in a safe environment must be our priority! 

If you have any concerns, please discuss this with your child's Coach, or with their Team Manager.

Many thanks

Jo Ringrose-Voase

WADAC Welfare Officer.


Junior Easter StarTrack Fully Booked

We have had a fantastic amount of interest in the course and we have filled all the spaces.

If I can find an additional coach I will be able to open up another group of 8, but this is by no means guaranteed.  If you would like to be on the waiting list in case someone drops out or we find another coach, please could you email me on

Thank you to all of you who have applied to come on the course.  If you have not returned the application form please do so, as without it your child can not take part.  I will be sending out further information about the event and the timetable next week.
Amanda Burroughs
StarTrack Co-ordinator



Star Track Event for Juniors

WADAC is pleased to announce that we are running a three day juniors athletics course during the Easter Holidays, from 15th-17th April.
The course will run from 10am-3pm and is open to children from Year 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.  The objective of the course is to develop existing talent, and also to ensure the youngsters get a chance to try out all aspects of athletics.  
We are trying hard this year to ensure that our teams in the Wessex League and the YDL are full so we can compete on an even footing with other teams and so that our youngsters can gain confidence and experience in athletics competitions.  This course will give your child more confidence to try out new events and maybe to find one or two other things they would be willing to take part in on behalf of their WADAC team.
We have a range of specialist coaches for track (including hurdles) high jump, long jump, shot discus and javelin.  In the older age groups you will have the opportunity to try hammer and triple jump.
The cost of the event is £20/day or £50 for 3 days.  Not all events will be covered every day but over the 3 days your child will get a chance to try all events.
I am also looking for some parents to volunteer to help with the event.  You do not have to coach (although if there are any helpers who want to work alongside coaches that would be great), but  I need a female present every day to help with admin as we only have male coaches during the event. The help is minimal but will make a great difference to the smooth running of the event, like registering the children in the morning, making sure people know what group they are in and as an extra pair of hands in case of any emergencies.  If you can help please email me on Thank you.
Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  Payment can be made online at:
... or by cheque, but I will need the application form too.  This event is open to WADAC members only until Tuesday next week (18th March) and then will be opened up to other schools and athletics clubs in the area.
Please come and support us in this new venture for WADAC and hopefully the sun will shine down on us.
Kind regards,
Amanda Burroughs

Development Group cancelled this week due to Half Term Holiday

Development Group will be back again next week from 6.30 pm onwards, allowing athletes and coaches to enjoy a half term break this week.


Youth Development League 2014

Following consultation with coaches and athletes, we have decided to enter the Upper Youth Development League (U17 and U20) this summer.

This reverses the Committee decision outlined in my web posting on 22nd January 2014.

The dates for the League are as follows:

27th April 2014

1st June 2014

29th June 2014

27th July 2014

Venues will be confirmed in due course. Please put the dates in your diary.

A massive thank you to Mark & Elspeth Brown for offering to be Team Managers for the UYDL.


Open Meeting at Andover---Sunday 11th May 2014

Please find attached details of Andover AC Young Athletes Meeting on Sunday 11th May. 

Information and entry forms are available on





Youth Development League 2014

For various reasons, the committee has decided to only enter the lower age group (Under 13s and Under 15s) for the Youth Development League this year.

The dates & venues for this year are:

3rd May 2014 Ashford, Kent

31st May 2014 Brighton

22nd June 2014 Winchester

19th July 2014 Kingston Upon Thames.

Our upper age group Juniors (Under 17s and Under 20s) will be encouraged to enter the Southern Athletics League (SAL) which should help to boost our prospects in that League.

We have also entered the Wessex League giving an additional opportunity for Juniors to compete during this summer's track & field season.


Development Group restarts Wednesday 8th January at 6.30pm

Coaching commences at 6.30 pm, and will go through until 8pm, or a little earlier in the event of bad weather.

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Development Group - Wednesdays 6.30 to 8pm

Development Group sessions are mainly aimed at Year 6s and 7s, some of whom will be moving on from Quadkids. However we also have some Year 8s and 9s as well.

What we aim to achieve in Development Group:

  • the opportunity to try a range of athletics events such as jumps (Long Jump and High Jump), throws(Discus, Javelin and Shot Putt), sprints (60/80/100/150/200 metres), running(600 metres and upwards) and hurdles
  • we encourage athletes to rotate round the different events from week to week. England Athletics encourages this, since at this age athletes are generally too young to specialise
  • when athletes are ready we will encourage them to move up to Thursday evenings. The focus on Thursdays is to develop athletes who will compete for the club. For these competing athletes there are also further sessions on Tuesdays and Saturdays, if athletes are interested in these they should speak with their coach.

What do we look out for in moving athletes up?

  • How well they are performing in events on Thursdays, but ability is not the only driver
  • How well they work as a team
  • Are the athletes attentive and open to listening to the coaches?
  • Whether the athletes wish to compete
  • If athletes and their parents are committed to appearing at competitions
  • That athletes are happy with the group(s) we are moving them to on Thursdays

What is the format of the evenings?

  • Sign register
  • Welcome talk to athletes and parents by Lead coach
  • warm up jog round field/track
  • drills
  • session 1 - choose from one of the events
  • session 2 - choose from one of the events
  • Relay round the track in teams
  • Cool down

Who are the coaches?

Cameron Dunne - Conditioning

Cat Teagle - Running

Pete Curtis - Running

Isobel Gray - Long Jump

Barry Howe - Throws

Andy Steggall - Throws

Richard Bailey - All disciplines

Isaac Whitcombe - sprints

Karin Gray - High Jump, Hurdles, Long Jump

If you have any questions please see me (Karin Gray) on Wednesday or Thursday evenings,