What does ‘juniors’ mean?
Boys and girls from Year 4 to Year 11
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?
All Year 4 and 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info