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?

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.

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





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,



Important Notice For All Juniors --- Please Read (Repeat)

This is a repeat of a note posted in early August.

Winchester & District Athletics Club has had a reasonably good track & field season with eight WADAC athletes getting to the English Schools finals, some fantastic individual performances and a number of Club Records being broken. 

However, for a Club with over 300 Juniors, we have a very poor turn out from members at the Track & Field League matches (The Wessex League & Youth Development League), The Hampshire League (cross country), Sportshall matches and various open meetings in the region. This has resulted in WADAC finishing well down in the league tables this year. The amount of athletes competing at inter-county level has also dropped this year. These are trends we wish to reverse. 

Two of the Club’s main aims are as follows: 

·                     To assist members to do as well as they can in meeting their personal goals.

·                     To improve the general standing of the club at national level and help its teams to progress to the highest level of competition. 

The Club’s coaches put in a tremendous amount of time & effort in coaching athletes but the feedback I get from many coaches is that very few athletes compete regularly to meet the aims of the club. 

With a view to encouraging more athletes to compete for WADAC and to make better use of the coaching facilities & track space, the following changes will come into effect on 1st September 2013

1.                   All Club athletes will be expected to compete for WADAC at least FIVE times a year (up from the former benchmark of 3 to 4 times a year).

2.                   Competing Under 13 athletes will now be able to train on Tuesday & Thursdays from 6.30pm till 7.30pm at the Athletics Stadium. Saturday morning training is also available subject to coach availability.

3.                   Under 13 athletes that are either new or non-competing or simply wish to keep fit and try different disciplines of athletics will now attend the Development Group sessions between 6.30pm and 8pm on Wednesday evenings at the Athletics Stadium. Competing U13 athletes may also attend these sessions.

4.                   At the appropriate time, Development Group athletes that wish to compete for the Club will be invited by one of the coaches to train on Tuesdays and / or Thursdays.

5.                   The Quad Kid sessions are not affected by these changes and will continue to take place between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on Thursdays.

6.                   Under 13 athletes will be encouraged to try all athletics disciplines---throws, jumps and runs---and will be encouraged to move between the different coaches. 

So in effect, the Tuesday & Thursday sessions for U13s are now only for competing athletes and those looking to take their athletics seriously. The Development Group & former Fun & Fitness sessions will now take place on Wednesday evenings. The Development Group will train on Wednesdays, not Thursdays. To avoid any confusion, the phrase “Fun & Fitness” will be dropped. 

The age groups from U15 upwards are not affected by these changes apart from the expectation to compete at leastFIVE times a year for WADAC. However, the Club will periodically review the situation to see if changes are necessary. 

I know that these changes will come as an inconvenience to some parents and children but we believe that the changes are necessary in the long term interests of WADAC and our athletes. Please cooperate with the Club coaches and do not be offended if your children are asked to move to the Wednesday sessions. Our aim is to get as many of the Development Group as possible to move to the other training sessions as soon as practically possible but we accept that some members do not wish to compete and are simply happy keeping fit and enjoying their membership at WADAC and the benefits it offers. 

If you have any queries regarding the new arrangements, please get in touch with your individual coaches or the year co-ordinators.