- Come and join our squad of young athletes for the 2019 season. Whether your aims are to be the next olympic champion or you just want to try something new, we have sessions to suit all levels.
- There are NO WAITING LISTS currently for any of the groups.
- Starting age is from 4 years old taking part in Athletics 365 sessions where the emphasis is on having FUN.
- Progression to U9 in school year 3 followed by U11.
- Our U13/U15 & U17/U20 squads compete in national T&F league matches through the summer and cross country leagues though the winter.
- Events. We have hosted a WMYAL XC at Hatton / the Monty 5 / a Masters T&F / a senior league T&F / a YDL T&F / Club champs. The sun shone on [nearly] all of them. The team to do the Midland Champs XC in Jan 2019 has already met twice. New faces came on board.
- Track & Field. Ben Hawkes 400m bronze medal at English Schools taking Les Barnett’s club record / Jai Sispal’s gold at English schools and silver at age group champs in 800m / Inter-counties selection for 9 young athletes / Cameron Stein Midland champion in pole vault and triple jump and selected to represent Midlands in pole vault at the school games / U15 boys 4 x 100 being selected to run at Alexander stadium Muller Grand Prix / Winners of the Midland Masters Athletics B Final – both men and combined teams.
- Road / XC – County XC Champs – Men double win (Snr & Masters) Ladies Snr 3rd, Masters 1st. / Men’s Bham XC League – A Team highest ever finish, 7th in Div1. B Team highest ever finish in Div1 / Ladies Mid XC League – Highest ever finish, 4th in Div1 & Master Champs / Monica Williamson 11th consecutive England Masters XC Team Gold medal in Home International match / Spring Sutton Pk Road Relays – Highest ever finish (Men & Ladies) / Hilly 100 – First ever win by the LC&AC Ladies / Ladies winners – British Masters 10k Champs / Snr Men & Ladies winners of WRRL. We have expert team managers and coaches to thank for these results notably Jimmy, Sara, Alex and Les and Jim.
- Coaching. Katharine Stein has established a dedicated jumps group, set up after Easter this year.
- Additional dedicated throws groups have been set up by Dave Ashbourne. We are seeing positive results from several younger throwers.
- Successful visit by top level visiting coach providing a javelin workshop and attended by athletes from U13 up to Senior.
- The multi-events group on Tuesday benefitted from a weekly plan, providing three groups with two different athletics events each week.
- U9s group has been steadily growing since spring this year. Coached by two of our young athletes the members of this group have taken part in Quadkids and the Club Championships. A number have already transitioned to the main training session on Tuesday evening.
- Several athletes from our youth section have started getting involved in leading warm-ups and assisting coaches during sessions. They are also planning to take Athletics Leaders and Assistant Coach courses themselves. This is part of the strategy to grow the junior section of the club with the support of junior coaches.
- One of the most important points within coaching is that we now have definite routes for transitioning U15 to U17 athletes to go whether that be endurance, sprints, jumps or throws.
- Les Barnett mentoring James Joyce as new senior endurance coach.
- WDC. We have a great partnership going at the moment in Ray Morgan LC&AC and Ann Hill of WDC – track cleaning and repairs, new lighting, upgraded outside toilets, new cage netting, gym improvements etc. Things aren’t perfect but you only have to go to a few other facilities to realise how lucky we are to have these two working for us.
- Relations with our fellow track users are better. Long may that last; I encourage courtesy at all times.
- Officials. Mary Hodges has done a really great job encouraging new officials and chivvying those who were already qualified to go higher. The long jump at Quad kids summed it up: young Lauren organising about 25 youngsters at one end of the runway, newly upgraded officials at the other end measuring and recording, a parent helper who she has encouraged to start the officials course on the plasticine [technical term – you endurance runners won’t understand it] and Mary doing the least popular job on the rake watching over us all.
- Katharine Stein has recently passed the pole vault assessment and can now lead sessions by herself. Look out for early season PV sessions coming soon.
- Sessions are taking place 3 times per week. The current emphasis is on general conditioning and technique in preparation for the start of the season in March.
- We have recently signed up an U17 athlete from LAA who will be competing in hammer during 2019.
Several of our younger athletes have recently started on the Athletics Leaders Development Programme. This programme has been created to provide a pathway for youngsters into other areas of athletics such as leading/coaching, officiating and even organising. The age range taking part is between 14 & 18. This also helps the club to address the problem around having enough coaches to support growth in our junior groups.
To date the group have attended a kick-off meeting along with participants from other clubs and a Sportshall Leaders course at Coventry Godiva club room.
The next courses will be the Assistant Official course and the Leading Athletics course, which will be taking place on Saturday 5th January.
Your club is run by a group of people that all have something in common – they all give up their time to provide high quality and professional coaching, officiating, team & event management and administration on a voluntary basis. Without them none of this would be possible. Even though we currently have a large dedicated team, there are still a number of areas that additional help would be highly valued.
Coaching & Officials
A full list of helpers for the Midlands XC Champs – one of the country’s big XC events that we are hosting on Jan 26th at Newbold Comyn.
- We cannot do it without,
- 4 car park marshals
- 4 catering (under cover)
- enough course marshals for 20 posts (ideally 40 people so that we make the shifts shorter).
We’ll also need 10 people to help set up from early in the morning – they can double up and marshal hopefully. Go to the volunteering page of our website and add your name to the list or speak to Alex Montgomery or Nick Tawney.
A Secretary for the athletics section to help lighten the load of our Chair.
“This role entails minuting monthly committee meetings in a standard format and fielding edits and updates to these minutes, if needed. Additionally, the meeting secretary should work closely with the chair person to coordinate a meeting agenda for the monthly meetings. This role is well suited for someone who is able to type quickly and capture engaging conversations in a concise way.”
Contact Nick Tawney
Coaching assistants to help our dedicated coaches; these folks are the engine of our club and our future depends on them.
- coaching enquiries contact Dave Ashbourne
- officials enquiries contact Mary Hodges
The club will pay for all course fees. All we ask is that you work with our coaching team in delivering the sessions to our young athletes. You won’t be left on your own and will be supported by a coach at all times. In the case of officials we would ask that you can help out at any of our league matches or Warwickshire Opens.