Training

We provide the opportunity for youngsters to get a taste of athletics from the age of 7. We have a term time introductory group for 7-9 year olds on Thursday evenings (between 5pm and 6pm) at Wyndley Athletics Track. The emphasis of these sessions is to provide a fun introduction to athletics. Children do not need to be members of the club to participate, the group is very popular and there is currently a long waiting list. If you are interested in the taster group email RSCAC@HOTMAIL.COM – FAO Phil Pollock.

Our other groups run for children aged 9 upwards (school year 5) are catered for in our main sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 6 and 8pm.

We also have specific groups that meet at other times. We have a jumps and hurdles group (for children aged 9 upwards) that meets 6.30pm – 8pm on Friday evenings, and we have a number of other groups (in particular distance running groups) that meet on Sunday mornings.

We train throughout the year and meet at the clubhouse on Wyndley Lane. We train on the athletics track and in Sutton Park during the summer months. During winter a number of our groups also train on the footpaths on some of the quiet residential streets near Wyndley.

Athletes in the under 11 age group have the choice to start in either the sprint or distance group. Much of the initial focus is on developing fitness and speed through running. However, we also provide the opportunity for young athletes to experience field events such as long jump, high jump and throws. As a child progresses through the age groups, they will be put into specific training groups relevant to their interest and abilities.

Competition

We expect our athletes to compete for the club and gain experience of competitive athletics. We have an all year round programme of athletics competition, taking part in summer leagues, indoor sportshall and cross country competitions.

In winter we have an active and successful cross country team who compete in the West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League and in the county, regional and national championships. The West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League comprises five races against all the top athletics clubs in the West Midlands. We have a successful record in the league having won it 14 times in the last 17 years. The races are for 2 year age groups from Under 11 upwards. (Under 11 is school Year 5 and 6, Under 13 is school Year 7 and 8 etc.). Further information is available on the WMYACCL website. If you would like to take part in the cross country league please speak to your coach

We also compete in the Birmingham Indoor Sportshall League, which is a fun indoor league. All Sportshall fixtures take place at The North Solihull Leisure Centre, Conway Road, Chelmsley Wood, with the age groups being Under 11s, Under 13s and Under 15s. If you would like to take part in the Sportshall league speak to Chrissie Prince or Megan Evans.

Birmingham Sportshall website.

Summer Leagues

The club competes in two junior outdoor leagues and senior leagues.

Youth Development League – The YDL runs from Under 13’s to U20’s age group. The Under 13 and Under 15 events have different fixtures to the Under 17’s and Under 20’s.

Heart of England – The Heart of England league runs from Under 11 to Under 20 age group.

We also enter the Midlands Senior league and the Veteran leagues for senior members (under 23 to veterans)

If you want to be considered for selection for the outdoor leagues please speak to your coach.

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  1. Important Information for the “Taster” sessions during Easter 2017 :
    The club will be closed for the “Taster” sessions during Easter holidays, so there will be no Taster sessions on Thursday 13th and 20th April, 2017. These sessions will restart on Thursday 27th April.
    Phil Pollock

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