ABOUT THE JUNIOR SECTION

Clydesdale Harriers prides itself on the quality of coaching it provides to our junior athletes. We cater for young athletes from 9 years to 17 years. The club offers tailored sessions for specific events from track and field to road running and cross country. Our aim is to allow young athletes to experience the range of athletic events, hopefully leading to them specialising in one area. Wherever appropriate we will encourage athletes to compete in age-appropriate competitions. These could be on road, cross country, trail, and track. The ultimate expression of athletics training is to compete, but we recognise that for some youngsters simply feeling fit and healthy is just as important as competition. We strive to cater for both groups.

 

Training:

 

Junior members begin by attending our main training session held on a Tuesday or a Thursday night at St Peter the Apostle High School, Kirkoswald Drive, Clydebank G81 2DB. Training times are:

Juniors – Tuesdays (Track & Gym Hall): 19:00 – 21:00

Juniors – Tuesdays (Track & Gym Hall): 19:00 – 21:00

Training runs generally start here and we use the surrounding areas for road or off-road sessions.

We also have the large games hall let at St Peter the Apostle High School which is used for specific training such as Sports Hall Athletics for juniors.

All athletes should wear suitable training shoes, running clothes and essentially a High Vis top or jackets to ensure that they are visible at dusk or in the dark.

Membership:

 

We welcome children from 9 years plus throughout the year subject to capacity being available. Our current training groups must be able to absorb new athletes while still maintaining a best practice coach to athlete ratio.  Currently do not have enough coaches to take on more younger athletes and continue to ensure safe practice as well as providing the desirable coaching environment that we aim to achieve. Please note, however, that there is still space within the training groups for older athletes dependent on age group, ability, and event.  Movement is always taking place within these groups, and we continue to recruit coaches so please contact the club and register.

Please contact Waiting List Secretary, to register your child at info@clydesdaleharriers.co.uk

Please include the following information in your email; Child’s Name and Date of Birth, Parent/Carer Name and Contact Email address.

New Junior Members will be placed in a group with members of a similar age/ability and will be welcome to attend for 3 to 4 weeks before paying a joining fee.

Competition and Progression:  

 

We encourage all our young athletes to enter races over both the winter and summer schedules taking in both Track and Cross-Country events leading up to District and National Competitions.  All our Junior athlete’s train in groups of similar abilities and gradually integrate into the collective training sessions depending upon their progression their commitment /dedication to training. All junior members can participate in the annual club championship.

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Child Protection and Welfare: 

 

Child Protection is everyone’s responsibility, but if you require further information, please contact our Welfare Officer, Emily Paxton at welfare@clydesdaleharriers.co.uk

 

Parent Volunteers at our club: 

 

Clydesdale Harriers requires volunteers to assist with current coaching, club support and competition. We are always in need of adult helpers to assist our coaches particularly in the younger training groups. There are also lots of other areas that we need your help with, and guidance can be given.

 

E.G., Help in activities such as training, supervision, marshalling in races is welcome. Training courses are available for volunteers that want to take things further and full mentoring is given.

 

If you are interested, please email: info@clydesdaleharriers.co.uk to find out how you can help.

 

Communication

General communication letters will be sent home with our young athletes and will inform you of upcoming events, annual subscription details, kit details and the like. All details provided to the club will be managed as per the GDPR (data protection) regulations, only your child’s coach and our Welfare officer will have full access to this information.

To aid communication we have a closed Facebook page for all parents to join. This is updated regularly with training schedules, race details and general info we need to get out to you.

Once your child has joined the club, parents are asked to search for the Clydesdale Harriers Junior Group within Facebook and request to join. All coaches have admin rights and should be able to admit you to the group. As this is a closed group for child protection requirements, please don’t send invites to others to join.