Sports Hall Training
New, younger athletes typically start with indoor training that involves termly sessions of activities that are planned to help them develop fundamental skills such as agility, balance & co-ordination in a fun and games-based environment. The activities are structured to enable the children to develop and gain confidence through participation, without constant measurement of performance.
Many activities are group-based and encourage the children in their development of wider social skills. These fundamental skills will help them in whatever activities they choose to pursue in future years.
The final half-term in June & July is usually spent outdoors to give the children experience of other activities such as orienteering and hill-running.
Athletics 365 Programme
We follow the early stages of the Athletics 365 development programme devised by England Athletics to help ensure that young athletes all receive relevant coaching to help them develop their technical skills required for running, jumping and throwing, as well as supporting them in their ongoing, childhood development in areas such as physical conditioning, social and behavioural skills.
The Athletics 365 programme offers a range of activities for the children that allows them to take part, explore and learn in a fun and safe environment. Much of the activity is structured to enable children of differing ability to take part together and not feel like they are being measured against each other.
We monitor and record some performances to help us gauge individual progress and will periodically run competitions that allow the children to earn badges and certificates. There is also opportunity for the children to participate in local sports hall competition events during the winter season.
The Thursday evening session is held at Harrogate High School and run by our Children’s Coach with support from coaching assistants, volunteer parents and older athletes seeking voluntary experience for their Duke of Edinburgh award.
Session 1: This is principally for the new intake of children in School Years 5-6 to help them develop fundamental skills such as agility, balance and co-ordination, whilst taking part in a range of fun activities. They follow the Red, Yellow & Green stages of the Athletics 365 programme.
Session 2: This is typically for children in School Years 6-7 who joined Session 1 in the previous year and allows them to continue developing their new skills with an increasing emphasis on technical content and physical conditioning. They follow the Green, Purple & Blue stages of the Athletics 365 programme.
There is opportunity for older athletes to gain volunteering experience working as a Young Leader. We can accredit them for their Duke of Edinburgh award and there is also an UK Athletics course for Leadership in Athletics aimed at 14-16 year olds.
Here is a review from one of our athletes, Saskia who attended the course in summer 2015:
The leading athletics course was informative and well-presented helping you learn a lot about different skills and coaching techniques to carry out in junior sessions. The course was aimed at younger children and beginner athletes but the drills and practises covered can be applied to all ages. I would definitely recommend the course to both athletes themselves and anyone thinking about becoming a coach.