Header Wadac Info For Parents

Juniors are boys and girls from school year 4 to school year 11. Below is some useful information for parents.

What does my child need?

Your child needs comfortable and warm / waterproof sports clothing.

  • Spiked running shoes are not required initially
  • Always bring a drink – water is the best option, fizzy drinks aren't suitable

Who are the coaches?

They are fully qualified coaches, having completed the necessary courses provided by England Athletics. The sessions are also supported by parent volunteers, who make a vital contribution in ensuring that we can take a large pool of athletes.

If you are interested in becoming a parent helper or taking any coaching qualifications, please would you speak with one of the coaches.

Does my child have to be a particular standard?

We welcome all abilities. However, it is helpful for us to know in which event your child is interested, especially if he / she already has some experience of athletics, as there may be space for particular events but not for others.

How will my child progress through the age groups?

A link to the pathway for juniors can be found here. This pathway displays the usual path for junior progression, however, there will be exceptions to this and the interests of the athlete will always come first.

Does my child have to compete?

We are a competitive club and expect our members to compete in at least 5 meetings each year.

If an athlete does not compete for the club over a reasonable period of time and there are no legitimate reasons why such an athlete is unable to compete, the group coach will ask the athlete to leave the group so someone else from the waiting-list can join the group.

Athletes who compete for the club will be given priority over non-competing athletes when allocating places for other groups.

Junior Track & Field Competitions

Visit the Wessex League and the Lower Youth Development League (YDL) pages for more information on the junior track & field competitions.

Can my child just turn up?

No, please contact us before turning up to training. Some training groups have waiting lists in operation and so we need to make sure that there is room before your child comes along to a training session.

Waiting lists

Due to very high demand for places, the club operates a waiting-list for certain training groups for school years 4, 5, 6 and 7.

Recently, the waiting times for places have dramatically decreased due to more volunteers coming forward to assist in the sessions.

If your child is in school year 4, 5, 6 or 7 and wishes to be added to a waiting-list, please email waitinglist@wadac.org.uk with the following information:

  • Child's name
  • School year
  • Date of birth
  • Area of interest or particular training group (if known)
  • Any weekday evenings on which your child isn't available for training

For those children currently in school year 3 that wish to be added to the waiting list for the start of school year 4, please do not email us with the above information until the end of the Easter holidays of school year 3. You will then be kept informed as to when spaces are likely to be available. If you are able to commit to coaching or assisting regularly during your child's school years 4 & 5, your child's application will be given priority, and you will be invited to attend a training session at the end of the current year to familiarise yourself with the activities.

If you are in school year 6 or 7 and have achieved top 3 in a district level competition, or are transferring from another club, please email waitinglist@wadac.org.uk with the following information:

  • Child's name
  • School year
  • Date of birth
  • Area of interest/level of performance

Please note there is no waiting list for school year 8 and above, but initial enquiries should still be directed to waitinglist@wadac.org.uk .

Please note that during school holidays, there might at times be a delay of up to two weeks in answering e-mail queries or dealing with waiting-list applications.

Contact Information

If you want to find out more about the junior section of the club, please email waitinglist@wadac.org.uk

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