Academy Guidance for Parents

What is the Academy?

The Academy is our coaching scheme for young athletes aged 8 and over. For session times, see Club Opening, but please also read the notes below.

New to the Academy?

All new starters can join either session on a Sunday or Wednesday.

Athletics combines running, jumping, and throwing events, and as such, has the widest range of event and developmental opportunities of any sport.

We have two Academy sessions in the week on a Sunday and Wednesday (see Club Opening for more information). Athletes are encouraged to come to both sessions, but this is not mandatory. The benefit of coming to both sessions is the ability to take part in all the different disciplines (running, jumps and throws) and avoid over specialising in any single discipline. However, we accept that some children have likes and dislikes and will gravitate towards specialising.


The Academy coaches are:

  • Matt Evans
  • Felicity Gray
  • Gordon Densley
  • Georgia Parton

All our coaches are appropriately qualified and DBS checked. As volunteers, they may not all be present at all sessions.

Please note: all our coaches are volunteers. As such, session times are not always exact and are occasionally subject to cancellation, sometimes without notice, particularly on Wednesdays when work commitments or traffic may prevent coaches getting to the stadium.


We encourage all children to take part in competition, although it is not compulsory. We are affiliated to a number of leagues (see below). For more details please speak to any of the coaches or see our Competition page. NB: only members are eligible for competition.

LeagueWhen?What?Age Groups
Heart of EnglandSummerTrack and FieldU11, U13, U15
YDL LowerSummerTrack and FieldU13, U15
West Mids Cross CountryWinterCross CountryU11, U13, U15

Details can also be found on the Clubhouse notice boards.

In addition, we hold a series of Academy Championships throughout the year.

Contact Details

Please contact us if you have any questions or queries about the Academy using the email address below.

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