Athletics for 12-17 Year Olds

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We are an established athletics club that develops athletes to their full potential.

Our U18 section is for 12-17 yr-olds in Poole and surrounding areas. We offer fully supervised coaching for Track & Field (sprinting, endurance, hurdles, high-jump, long-jump, triple-jump, javelin, shot put, and discus) and Cross Country with groups between 5 to 10 athletes per coach.

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ENGLAND ATHLETICS AFFILIATED REGISTERED NUMBER: 2659040

ASHDOWN LEISURE CENTRE – CANFORD HEATH

Mondays & Thursdays
7pm – 8pm

On Mondays and Thursdays we train at Ashdown Track from 7pm to 8pm. During this session athletes receive specialist coaching in their chosen discipline: sprinting, endurance, hurdles or field. The session runs through summer and winter as the venue is flood lit. There is a club house onsite with toilets and a kitchen.

BROADSTONE REC – BROADSTONE

Saturdays 11:30am – 12:30pm

Our Saturday Cross Country/ Squad Run session is based at Broadstone Recreation Ground. This training session focuses on developing off-road running on grass and parkland terrain. This is perfect preparation for the Cross Country competition season which runs through autumn and winter.

It is our passion to coach athletics that builds confidence and resilience while your child is being active and making new friends.

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Verity - Pro Testimonial - Juniors Athletics Club - Poole Runners
My experience as a junior at Poole Runners is probably one of the biggest reasons I am still in the sport now, and have been fortunate enough to evade burnout and serious injury. I was encouraged just enough but not too much, given valuable experiences such as fun trips to races abroad and even introduced to sports psychology.
Verity Ockenden, GB Runner & Former Member
Fern - Athlete Testimonial - Juniors Athletics Club - Poole Runners
Poole Runners has supported and encouraged me on my athletic journey, from QuadKids to Under 18’s. Running is now a part of who I am and what I aspire to be!
Fern (Age 16), Athlete

Coaches

We have a large team of trained coaches covering different activities to help develop your child’s athletic abilities. All coaches and assistant coaches have completed the England Athletics coaching courses and are all DBS checked.

Coaches - Junior Athletics Club - Poole Runners

We offer a range of social and sporting activities, such as day trips, BBQs, parties, competitions, and presentations.

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FAQs

Our Under 18s athletics is a significant step up from QuadKids. It is designed to cover track and field competition at all levels of ability, together with road running, ‘Park Runs” and cross country. Many of our athletes will have developed a good base for future athletics participation at Quad Kids and the U18s offers more event-specific coaching as well as general fitness, technique and core strength training. However, the sessions are equally accessible to those of any age who have had no previous athletic experience or are transferring from another sport – many of our athletes find athletics’ fitness a real bonus in other activities.

The emphasis of our coaches is to ensure the sessions retain a friendly, all-inclusive feel, irrespective of ability or event. At a typical session we build team spirit and friendship alongside developing the skills of running, throwing and jumping. Each training session is organised according to ability and the needs of individual athletes. We introduce techniques gradually so the athletes understand the benefits of learning new skills, the importance of warming up, cooling down, stretching, balance and developing core strength. This is achieved through a mix of ‘drills’ (repetitive dynamic exercises that are part of any training or competition session), event-specific exercises and trials. We also have fun competitions, conditioning sessions and group runs.

Sessions are prepared by qualified coaches and, while working towards specific goals (competition or otherwise), are varied to maintain interest and provide challenge.

A U18s track session is divided into two broad groups: sprints (focussing on 100m – 400m events) and endurance (events of 400m+ ). Athletes can switch between groups easily and are encouraged to find which discipline best suits them. All athletes can also participate in a range of field events during the U18s training times or at other event-specific training sessions, including hurdles, steeplechase, discus, shot, javelin, high jump and long jump.

  • Sprints: sprinting is seen as running fast but sadly it’s not that easy. We spend our time looking at how to start, from a standing position when they are younger to using blocks when they are over 13. The next phase is accelerating towards top speed and wishing you could keep it going through the finish line. This is where we spend time running relaxed, using our arms. Darren Campbell (Team GB’s new sprint coach) is famous for saying, “You can’t sprint without arms !” We spend plenty of time not running at maximum effort – you cannot run flat out too many times and maintain form.
  • Endurance: after group warm up and drills, the athletes are divided into smaller groups for specific training activities, normally based around a cycle of exercises designed to increase competitiveness week-on-week: technique, speed work, endurance, competition and race tactics. Athletes can also join in a weekly group run or cross-country session according to season.

We encourage but do not force participation in competition. However, most athletes tend to want to compete, when they are ready to do so. We want competition to be fun and try to fit competition to the abilities of the individual athlete. Everyone is encouraged to try different disciplines, with ‘specialisation’ focused more within the older age groups. Competition can happen at local, regional and national levels.

If you want to compete, or simply watch and support your friends, details of league matches, open meetings and championships are posted on the Club website. Entries are normally organised through the Club and coaches will explain what is involved well in advance of the season and as part of an individual athlete’s training programme.

Price

Free

First 2 Sessions

£2

Session Fee

£18

Yearly Membership

How To Join

If you are interested in trying athletics or if you have any questions, please get in touch.

Contact Us

Our club phone number is manned when possible by our volunteer team. However, if we unable to pick up, please leave an answer phone message or send us an email and we will get back to you ASAP.

  • 07762 420 024
  • juniors@poolerunners.co.uk

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