Juniors U12

Teesdale Athletic Club Juniors U12 group is for boys and girls aged between 8 and 11 year olds. Members of this group participate in the various different track and field disciplines of athletics. All activities are adapted to suit the abilities and ages of the children, using all modified equipment.

Training sessions take place on a Tuesday evening at he leisure centre in Barnard Castle on Tuesday between 4:45p, tp 6pm during school term time. During the summer months (April - October) weather permitting we use the track and fields at Teesdale School, still meeting in the reception area at Teesdale Leisure Centre. Sessions consist of a group warm up, which is usually a game which appropriately warms the children up for the activities involved within the session. The group is then split into smaller groups (usually based around the ability levels) to try a running, jumping, throwing or general fitness activity. The session is then ended with a cool down.

Each session is structured around the AVIVA Athletics 365 awards programme. Athletics 365 is a multi-event, young people development programme, which introduces athletes to the fundamental skills of athletics (vital to every sport). It is aimed predominantly at 8 to 15 year olds, but the resources can easily be adapted for use with younger athletes. Athletics 365 focuses not only on how fast someone runs or how far someone jumps or throws but also, more importantly, on developing the technical skills (‘how’ to run, jump and throw) required to perform at full potential and move like a champion. In addition to technical skills, Athletics 365 also looks at an athlete’s physical, mental and emotional development, as well as their lifestyle and social development.

The Athletics 365 programme is broken down into nine progressive stages. Each stage provides athletes with new and progressively more difficult challenges appropriate to their stage of development. Athletics 365 encourages athletes to learn all the skills and events of athletics, and reinforces the importance of a good all round skill base. The stages can be seen as similar to progression in other sports, such as the martial arts ‘belt system.’ Through Athletics 365, England Athletics believe young people will develop the skills and confidence to excel in life; not only in athletics, but in other sports and other life pursuits, (UK England Athletics, 2013).

For more information, come along and see us at one of our training sessions or contact the Group Leader listed below.


Group: Juniors U12
Age: 8 to 11 year olds
Meeting: Tuesday
Time: From 4:45pm to 6pm
Venue: Teesdale Sports Centre
Contact: Donna Hawcroft
Membership Form: Young Athlete Membership Form