THE CLUB IS RUN ENTIRELY BY VOLUNTEERS
A CORE OF VOLUNTEER MEMBERS ARE ELECTED TO A COMMITTEE TO RUN THE CLUB
ALL ROLES INCLUDING COACHES, RUN LEADERS, MANAGERS AND OFFICIALS ARE VOLUNTEERS
THE CLUB IS NOT FOR PROFIT AND ALL ABILITIES ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED
HOW THE CLUB WORKS
YEAR 4 (AGED 8/9) AND ABOVE
YOUR CHILD WILL BE TRAINED BY THE CLUB'S VOLUNTEER COACHES (fully qualified and insured)
PERCEIVED ABILITY IS NOT A LIMITING FACTOR AND YOUR CHILD WILL BE EXPECTED TO REPRESENT THE CLUB AT WEEKEND TRACK & FIELD AND XC LEAGUE FIXTURES* (view fixtures HERE)
COACHING COVERS A VARIETY OF EVENTS AND DISCIPLINES WHICH ARE EXPLAINED BELOW TO HELP YOU CHOOSE THE MOST APPROPRIATE MEMBERSHIP FOR YOUR CHILD.
THE FIRST TWO ATTENDANCES ACT AS TASTER SESSIONS AND ARE FREE OF CHARGE - please read on for how to join
*membership renewal acceptance is dependant upon representation
TRAINING PROVIDED BY THE CLUB'S VOLUNTEER COACHES AND DISTANCE RUNNING LEADERS (fully qualified and insured) COVERING THE FOLLOWING DISCIPLINES...
Distance Running (including off road)
Long Jump, Triple Jump, Hurdles
YOUR FIRST TWO ATTENDANCES ACT AS TASTER SESSIONS AND ARE FREE OF CHARGE - please read on for how to join
EVENT GROUPS AND MEMBERSHIPS
IMPORTANT NOTE! TRAINING SESSIONS AND GROUPS ARE LIMITED IN SIZE (ATHLETE : COACH RATIO). THE CLUB RUNS A COMPULSORY BOOKING SYSTEM ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. THEREFORE, YOU ARE NOT NECESSARILY GUARANTEED A SESSION EVERY WEEK. BOOKING FOR SESSIONS OPEN 13 DAYS IN ADVANCE**
All members are registered with England Athletics (paid for by the club). A Unique Reference Number will be assigned to you by EA which is yours for life. Membership with the club runs from 2 March to 1 March. Membership fees are charged pro-rata to the month you join.
*School years 4, 5, 6 & 7 currently closed to new members until at least March 2023*
There is no waiting list.
QUADKIDS - (school years 4 & 5) Choose Blue Membership
Intended to introduce young athletes to athletics and covers the four core disciplines of running, throwing, jumping and sprinting
MULTI-EVENTS - (school year 6 & 7) Choose Green Membership
Following on from QuadKids and focusing more acutely on the sprints, long jump, shot put, high jump, hurdles, discus, pole vault and javelin disciplines
JUNIOR MIDDLE DISTANCE - (school year 8 to 13 plus U20) Choose White Membership
Coaching for 800m, 1500m 1600m and 3000m track running
SENIOR MIDDLE DISTANCE - (18+) Choose Black Membership
Coaching for 800m, 1500m 1600m and 3000m track running
TRACK & FIELD - (school year 8 and up) Choice of White OR Black Membership
Covering specific disciplines of Sprints, Hurdles, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault and Throws
DISTANCE RUNNING - (18+) Choose Black Membership
Adult distance running and run coaching groups of varying distances and paces to suit all abilities* led by qualified Leaders and Coaches and complimented by Senior Interval sessions and focused Run Coaching sessions.
*Ability to run 5k non-stop is a pre-requisite for these groups
** Please do not turn up if you have not booked. You will be turned away
TRACK & FIELD ATHLETICS
QuadKid sessions are once per week. Blue Membership entitles your child to this session free of charge.
U13 Multi sessions are once per week. Green Membership entitles your child to this session free of charge.
Throws and Senior Middle Distance sessions are held weekly and are £2.35 per session (free with TrackPass level membership).
Junior Middle Distance, Hurdles and Sprints & Long/Triple Jump are held three times per week. All sessions are £2.35 (free with TrackPass level membership).
Members (18+) can also book the track for self (ad-hoc uncoached) use on Monday's, Wednesday's, Thursday's and Saturday's (£2.35)
The training sessions and types for the above events / disciplines can be found on the T&F Training page.
We are committed to making athletics fun for all who participate whilst at the same time encouraging the pursuit of excellence and the fulfilment of potential.
Our coaching philosophy is to achieve long-term athlete development and improvement.
Our fully qualified coaches and team managers volunteer their time and energy season after season and guide athletes throughout their development.
Our athletes compete in all the age groups and cover all abilities from club level up to international.
All athletes will be expected to compete in our Track & Field league and county events.
See the T&F Fixtures page for more details
The club thrives on togetherness and really is the sum of its members. All members 'own' the club and are free to suggest changes or potential improvements.
Each year we have an AGM where members are elected to or retained on the volunteer committee whom run the club on behalf of its members.
The club has a thriving social element partaking in events such as Summer Pub runs, Quiz Nights, pre-race Pasta Parties, Christmas Doo's and Awards nights.
Mini-Buses are also booked for league events (affectionately known as Fun Buses) and are a great way to form a camaraderie among your club members.
The club's volunteer coaches and managers often hold ad-hoc events such as Mile relay events, Beep Tests, Time Trials and focussed coaching programs.
The club encourages its members and parents of child members to become involved with the club further through volunteering for committee or one off roles, to taking a step on the Coaching / Run Leader ladder which is paid for by the club.
Lookout for these appearing on the Events page. Members are notified of events via email and social media channels
DISTANCE AND CROSS COUNTRY
Adult Distance training catering for all abilities are led by the club's Run Leaders every Wednesday evening. A dedicated coaching session group is also available. Although booking is still required, these sessions are free and included in your membership.
Coached Track Interval Sessions and Senior Distance Speed are held every Tuesday / Wednesday evening. Booking is required and a fee of £2.35 is payable (a TrackPass may work out cheaper if you intend to use these sessions frequently)
The weekly distance and paces and training session types for the above can be found on the Distance & XC Training page.
We compete in the Hampshire & District Road Race League consisting of distances from 5mile to Half Marathon. The league provides an excellent addition to your personal running goals with several opportunities to score points for the club or even get a coveted place on the yearly Hampshire Road Race League Mug!
We compete in the regular cross-country fixtures as part of the Hampshire Cross Country League. The Cross-country season offers great opportunities for runners of all ages and abilities to get away from the road and track and compete on totally different terrain over the winter months. With most events providing races from U13 to Senior level, cross country fixtures provide one of the few opportunities for club members from all age groups to compete and mix together, often with three family members to be found competing in three different age groups!
The club actively encourages all adult runners to enter the various Cross Country and League Races
See the Distance & XC Fixtures page for more details
FULL MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS AND FEES ARE AVAILABLE BELOW
TO JOIN, PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE READ THE ABOVE AND EMAIL THE MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY GIVING YOUR NAME, AGE (OR YOUR CHILD'S AGE AND SCHOOL YEAR) AND PREFERENCE OF EVENT / DISCIPLINE
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