LBAC Juniors (ages 9-17)
Summer track and field training has now started. Meet at Vandyke School at 6.50 for a 7pm start and finishing at 8 or later by agreement with the coaches
Junior Membership Secretary: Alex Killick (JuniorMembership@leightonbuzzardac.co.uk)
Coach Co-ordinator: Nick Clay (JuniorEnquiries@leightonbuzzardac.co.uk)
Treasurer: Phil Mead
We pride ourselves in being a small but friendly club for children 9 years of age and over (as of 1stJanuary).
How to get involved
In the first instance, contact Mandy or Nick Clay on 01525 382839 or e-mail JuniorEnquiries@leightonbuzzardac.co.uk to receive an invitation to a ‘New Starters Trial Evening’ that is normally held on the first Tuesday of each month at Vandyke School. Please arrive promptly at 6:45.
Children will then be offered an initial 2 week trial period after which they will be expected to join the club if they are committed to training as junior athletes and are well behaved. We do not tolerate swearing or bullying. It should be noted that at times we are over-subscribed and may put athletes on a waiting list. It is important to note that that we encourage all juniors to compete and have a variety of formats from the informal to county and national level athletics.
Where we train
LBAC juniors are mainly based at Vandyke School (LU7 3DY) where we use the facilities provided by the school as well as specialist LBAC equipment (e.g. high jump, throws equipment etc). During the summer we use the playing field, 300m grass track and sand pits. During autumn when daylight fades, we move inside to the sports hall on Tuesdays.
We are entering into the summer season and so training will be outside at Vandyke School on both Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 6:45pm. Please make your way around the back of the school to the playing fields
During winter, preparations for cross country season mean that we also train on Parsons Close in Leighton Buzzard that simulate well XC conditions. 2016 XC training began on Thursday 6th October. Meet by the bottle dump in Tescos car park from 6.40–7.30 pm. Please be prompt in arriving and picking up, as these sessions are done in all weathers. A warm up from the car park to Parsons Close will be done as a group.
Wear fluorescent/white visible tops don’t forget it could be cold, but drink bottles should accompany athletes as well as gloves and hats in outer layer pockets.
NOTE we are not meeting at Bideford Green any longer due to numbers and car parking safety.
How to train
Listening to the coaches is key to successful development. Athletes are expected to warm-up before training and warm-down after training, as advised by the coaches. We use dynamic warm ups (e.g. fast feet, high knees, heel flicks etc) that gently ease the body into training and stretches (quads, calves, hamstrings, core etc) that ensure muscles are warmed down after vigorous exercise. To avoid injury, ensure that these exercises become second nature.
Furthermore, please bring appropriate clothing for the weather and if competing, remember to bring a packed lunch. Always bring water and please avoid fizzy drinks. Let your coach know if you are taking any medication. Most importantly, be on time for training and meetings.