LBAC Juniors (ages 9-18)
Junior Membership Secretary: Michelle (JuniorEnquiries@leightonbuzzardac.co.uk)
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 Michelle by e-mail at JuniorEnquiries@leightonbuzzardac.co.uk. Please include a contact number, your child’s name and school year. You will receive an invitation to a ‘New Starters Trial Evening’ that is normally held once each month, on a Tuesday, at Vandyke School. Please check your junk/spam folder so you do not miss our reply.
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 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, 400m grass track and sand pits where training is 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 autumn when daylight fades, we move inside to Vandyke sports hall on Tuesdays. On Thursdays, to prepare for cross country season and winter sprints, we meet at the recycling bins in Tescos car park at 6.40pm and we finish at 7.30 pm. Arrive promptly for the start of the session and afterwards for pick-up. Please wait with your children until a coach (David, Warren or Nick) is in attendance who will endeavour to be there by 6.40pm. We rarely cancel sessions, but when we do an e-mail and/or a Facebook update will be issued before the session is planned to start.
Wear fluorescent/white visible tops don’t forget it could be cold so dress appropriately and bring a drink (not fizzy). .
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.
Let your coach know if you are taking any medication.