Bridgend AC

Juniors

Prospective Junior Members – please read this: 

Unfortunately we are currently closed to new junior members due to the significant interest in the club. This decision has been made in order to preserve an acceptable athlete / coach ratio.

If as a parent / carer / guardian you are willing to make a commitment towards helping on training nights, and take the necessary training course and welfare checks to facilitate this, then we would consider given you priority.  Please email us to discuss.


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membership

Have questions? See these FAQ’s!

(Currently NEW membership subject to individual approval due to waiting list)


 

What does ‘juniors’ mean?

BAC look to take Junior members two months or so before their 9th birthday.

Run, Jump & Throw

RJT which is for Year 4, 5  and 6 children, aims to introduce the children to running, jumping and throwing. In the summer the children can compete in club held events (in which they must take part in four events: Vortex Throw, Sprint (75m or 100m), Distance Run (600m or 800m) Long Jump). Times and distances are converted to points which are added together to give a final score. Children are also encouraged to particpate in the Louise Arthur League. In the winter there are 5 of cross country events (called the Gwent League) – where active participation is also much encouraged.

Year 7 – 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 4 times each year.

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 us with the following information:

  • child’s name
  • school year
  • school attending
  • DOB
  • Contact details (parent’s mobile number)
  • Some words on the child’s sporting history so we can gauge the level of the new entrant, plus any particular area of interest.

Please do not contact us if your child has yet to reach the minimum joining age. You will be informed when there are spaces.  As described above, 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 the club secretary with the following information: name, date of birth and area of interest/performance

Becoming a Member

For those who have come along and have enjoyed the sessions we would love you to become a member of the club and represent us at competitions and races. To do this we would ask you to enter via the online membership system.

First sessions with us always on the house 🙂 There after there is a pay-as-you fee of £3 a session to cover training fees which we will accept for the next few weeks whilst the athlete is becoming accustomed to the training sessions. The club then expect athletes to join as a member and pay for training fees via the online membership system

Competition

All junior members are encouraged to test their abilities in competition as soon as possible in order to gauge just how much progress they are making. Coaches time is limited – and we cannot give precious time to coaching and junior members who cannot commit to a sufficient level of competition involvement. Please consider this before looking to join the club – are aim is to deliver great athletes and great athletics results (not build up fast rugby players, footballers….etc..!)

Junior Training

The main Club meeting night is MONDAYS when all age groups meet at the Clubhouse between 6pm and 8:pm

The youngest age group (9 years old -12 years old) meet for training from 6pm to 7-30pm.

Wednesday night has a “Run, Jump and Throw” session (from 6pm to 7pm) where junior athletes from the age of 9 are encouraged to have a taste of a variety of both track and field events – its an ideal introduction to all things athletics.

There are also junior sprint and endurance sessions for those who want to concentrate on their running prowess.

For all available sessions see our Session Timetable.

Come along and speak to the coaches who will happily suggest the best session for all new starters. Please note that we are experiencing huge interest in the Junior section and we may have to place new joiners on a waiting list*. 


We actively compete in the following events:

Track and Field: (Summer)
Louise Arthur League
National Young Athletes League
Welsh Junior Championships
Welsh Schools Championships
Welsh Inter Regional Championships
UK Challenge
British Milers Club
Open Meetings

Cross Country: (Winter)
Bridgend Primary Schools Cross Country League
Gwent League
Welsh Inter Schools XC
Welsh Schools XC Championships
Welsh Cross Country Championships
Welsh Inter Regional Cross Country Championships
UK Cross Challenge, incorporating Inter Counties XC
British Milers Club meetings

Indoor Track and Field
Welsh Combined Events Championships
Welsh Indoor Track Championships

Road Racing (selection)
Welsh Junior Road Relays
National Junior Road Relays
Nos Galan Races
Swansea Bay Summer 5k Series
Merthyr Mawr 5k

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