Club training nights are on a Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7:00pm.  The majority of our squads train outdoors at Stoke Mandeville Stadium all year round, but during the winter (October - March) we arrange indoor facilities to accommodate our younger groups. Some squads also train at the weekend.

Before and after each training session, the athletes are taken through a number of stretches and warm up drills by coaches to be ready for training, and they warm down after a training session which helps to prevent injuries.

We offer a variety of training squads which are co-ordinated by a number of UKA qualified coaches:

Kestrels (under 11 yrs)

The Kestrels group consists of young athletes (8 to 10 year-olds).
Athletes are introduced to the disciplines of track and field athletics, with an emphasis on having fun. Coaching is based around the principles of Athletics 365 and the Sportshall athletic programmes, which are both multi-event young people development programmes.
The athletes are introduced to the fundamental skills required to compete in every discipline; the focus isn't on how fast you can run or how far you can throw or jump, but on technique to ensure a firm base from which to develop.
Kestrels sessions are at 7.00-8.00pm, on Tuesday or Thursday. All Kestrel Athletes meet by the Sport England sign, trackside for registration when training outdoors (April to October) at the track. During Winter months (October to March) Kestrels train indoors in the sportshall, and on the track according to weather conditions, with a focus mainly on Sportshall athletics. There is also an emphasis on Cross Country training during the winter months, with the club entering an u11 team into the Chiltern League. There is an expectation for Kestrels athletes to compete for the club in the Chiltern League, with t-shirts awarded to all athletes competing in four-or-more of the five league matches each year.

Development Group (11-13 yrs)

Once youngsters have completed their induction to Athletics the Kestrels they are moved up to the Development Group and train in a range of athletics events until confident to move to an event group (detailed below).

Tuesday night:

Mentor Coach: Graham Gorman

Team Leaders: Tracy Shackleton & Ruth Richards, Coaching Team Nicki Ralston, Kevin Key, and Charlie Charalambous.

Thursday Night:

Mentor Coach: Graham Gorman

Team Leaders: Tracy Shackleton & Ruth Richards, Coaching team: Mike Fryer, Helen and Peter Bennewith.

Tom Pink 2015

Tom Pink 2015

Hurdles (juniors)

Tuesday & Thursday night:

Mentor Coach: Scott Grace/Graham Gorman

Team Leader: Lynda Byrom

High and Long Jump (juniors)

Tuesday & Thursday night:

Mentor Coach: Scott Grace/Graham Gorman

Team Leader: Ruban Arulanandam

Sprint Squads

U15+ - Coached by Peter Hoare, supported by Roy Shears (hurdles) U13 to U15 - Coached by Colin Coombes and supported by Colin Dale.

Middle & Long Distance

U12 to Vets - Coached by Nick Taylor, supported by Terri Gadsby. U13 to U20 track, road & cross country - Coached by Harry Czapski, supported by Paul Wright. Seniors & Vets - Coached by Dick Knowles.

Beginner/Improver Running Group

A beginner/improver running group (for adults and young people aged 16 and over) meets at the club hut on a Wednesday at 7.00pm.

If you have never run before and would like to give it a go, come along. For more information please contact [email protected]

Multi-Events

 

U15+ Coached by Scott Grace.

Jumping

All age groups. Long jump, Triple jump and High jump. Coached by Ruban Arulanandam.

Throws

 All age groups coached by Paul Alder.

Pole Vault

All age groups, Pole Vault. Coached by Simon Dickerson.

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