Juniors

This section is intended for new recruits to Crawley Athletic Club and outlines the structure of the club, training nights and coaching groups.

All club officials, coaches and helpers at Crawley A.C. are volunteers giving up their time to help the athletes and build a successful club.

The club is open to all aged 10 and over, and you can compete once you are over 11 [well actually as long as you are in year 6 or 7 you can compete]. However, to compete in a league match you must first be a member of the club. Athletes are able to compete in Open meetings without being a member of the club.


Fiona Newport is Crawley AC's Young Athletes Coordinator. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. She is the point of contact and information for all athletes (and their parents) from the age of 10 to 16 (ie U11's, U13's, U15's and U17's) including:
* New athletes and their parents trying out the club can talk to her about the club, what they want from athletics and what the club can offer them, and
* existing members can liaise with her about their needs - which coaching group they would like to train with, what events they would like to try etc, although they can, of course, still talk to their coaches about this.
* She will liaise with the coaches about who is in their group and whether it is the right group for them and will discuss requests from athletes to join a new group.
* In addition, she will aim to make sure that every athlete receives information about competitions (indoor winter, cross country, spring/summer track and field, open meetings) and thereby giving every athlete the chance to be selected to represent Crawley AC in some of these competitions.
* She will try to be at most training sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings (family schedule permitting!)

For those wanting to try athletics or too young to join Crawley AC
Crawley Borough Council also run a number of different courses for youngsters. There is the summer Star:track athletics week and the 10 week Panther Club for youngsters. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Training Nights
Training sessions take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings between 7 and 8 pm at the K2 Leisure Centre, Pease Pottage Hill [A23], Crawley - except on Bank Holidays or when competitions are scheduled on the track. You are welcome to come along to watch a training session or better still why not join in? You can try it for free a couple of times to see if you like it!

[When you come into K2 go through the main entrance and past the reception - don't pay there!! - keep going along the "corridor" until you reach the doors at the end - you'll usually see a few people standing there including someone collecting training fees - you don't have to pay to have a look or for the first couple of times that you train.]

To join the club simply complete the online application form, select the appropriate Annual Subscription and make payment by credit or debit card.

Training sessions are open to all who are interested and currently cost £2.00 (this is separate from membership fees); you simply pay the club officials by the entrance out onto the track - do not pay at the main leisure centre entrance. If you are new to the club and simply want to try athletics to see if you like it come along and have a go, you do not need to join immediately. When you train regularly you are expected to join the club, with fees starting at just £50 - [£20 for Under 11]. Please ask at the door for further details.

Coaching Groups
We have coaches for all aspects of athletics, providing a formal and structured training regime for all athletes.

Whilst we want you to have fun, the safety of all athletes is of the highest importance.
Here are some IMPORTANT DO'S & DON'TS


Beginners:
All new athletes will be placed in the beginners group with Jim Boyce. They will learn the basic, but vitally important, warm-up and stretching routines, followed by drills aimed at building up their strength and stamina. They will be given the chance to try different events, but this needs to be timed so as not to interfere with the training sessions of the more serious athletes.

Whilst this is very much the fun group, all those who attend are expected to behave in an appropriate manner - anybody who disrupts the group will be asked to leave, either for that session or (if poor behaviour persists) permanently.

Intermediate:
This is the new section between the starters and the specialist groups. It is designed for those who will take their athletics more seriously and, most importantly, will compete for the club. This group will continue to build strength and stamina, but also offer more direct coaching in styles and techniques for the various track and field events. It will also concentrate on helping athletes determine which events are best for them.

Again, all who join this group have to work with the coaches, not against them. Anybody who disrupts the group will be either moved back to the beginners, or asked to leave.

Specialist:
Once a specialism has been identified, and the athlete is ready to be moved up, they will go to one of these groups. This is where those of a club, county, national and international standard train to an intensive training programme. It is not for the faint-hearted!

Click here to see our coaches.

Competing
For young athletes the club currently fields teams in the following leagues:

Sussex Under 13 (normally Thursday evenings) and Under 15 Leagues (normally Friday evenings)

Youth Development League, ages Under 13 & Under 15 (normally Saturdays); Under 17 & Under 20 (normally Sundays)

Sussex Cross Country League

In the winter, teams are entered in the Sussex Sports Hall League, this provides indoor athletics for athletes aged up to 15.

In exceptional circumstances young athletes also compete for the Senior teams:

  • Southern Mens & Womens Leagues, ages Under 15 to Seniors (normally Saturdays)
  • British Mens League