The Newmarket Joggers Junior section accommodates boys and girls from 5 to 17 years of age and introduces them to the sport of running in a fun, relaxed and safe manner for all abilities.
Junior training is every Tuesday and Thursday evening between 6.00pm and 7.00pm at the Newmarket Academy playing fields (next to the Newmarket Leisure Centre, Exning Road, Newmarket, CB8 0EA). Training is throughout the year including summer school holidays and half term breaks but excluding Christmas school holidays. Refreshments, changing facilities and toilets are available at the Leisure Centre (for more information please see their website).
The main focus is on running disciplines such as track, sprint and endurance, however the youngsters can have the opportunity to try other aspects of athletics such as jumps and throws and they will follow an England Athletics approved training schedule throughout. Sessions are varied each week with the emphasis on having fun and learning new skills.
Those juniors aged 11 plus can compete, and represent, Newmarket Joggers along with the adult members at the Suffolk Cross Country League when there are sometimes fun runs for those under 11 years old. There are also opportunities for the young athletes to compete in junior races that are included in other races that the Club are involved in organising such as the Newmarket Heath Race and the Marcus Glynn Newmarket 10k.
Due to the high attendance at training sessions our membership list may be at full capacity so there may be a waiting list. If your child is interested in joining the club, or if you would like any more information, please contact our Juniors Co-ordinator, Cathy Elsdon at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07732 124811.
All new athletes are entitled to two free trial weeks prior to signing up and paying the subscription. At the first session we ask for contact details, in the case of an emergency.
Subscription to Junior Jogger is paid annually and is currently £45 a year for 5 to 10 year olds and £49 for 11 to 17 year olds. Subscriptions should be submitted directly to the Juniors’ Co-ordinator – cheques made payable to ‘Newmarket Joggers’. Subs must be paid by 30th April. We can take new members mid-season so please get in touch with us anytime. Membership includes affiliation to UK Athletics.
All our coaches are highly experienced, fully qualified to UK Athletics and DBS checked. Juniors are divided into two groups to allow us to deliver the highest standard of coaching possible to all. Each age group has their own designated lead coach who will take the sessions, assisted by one or more assistant coaches. The Club adheres to the UK Athletics Association Code of Conduct.
Lead coach: Mick Graham – (UKA Level 4 International High Performance & Development Coach qualified).
Lead coach: Stuart Janes – (Athletics Coach, Athletics Coaching Assistant, Leadership in Running Fitness qualified)
Assistant coach: Jonathan Clarke (Assistant Athletics Coach qualified)
What happens in a typical training session?
After registration, the young athletes do a warm up session and then their coach will take them through either track training, running/athletics games and exercises. At the end there will be a cool down session. Children will have ample breaks for taking drinks and resting. The coaches encourage the children to speak up if they are feeling any pain and will ensure they sit out if necessary. Please ensure your child uses the toilet before the session as the nearest are at the Leisure Centre that is a 5 minute walk away. Parents need not stay at the session but are welcome to. No dogs are allowed on the field.
What to wear & what to bring
Wear loose, comfortable clothing and trainers. In the winter months, please ensure athletes are dressed appropriately. A high viz bib is mandatory in the winter as they will be running under flood light – these are supplied by the Club. In the summer, please ensure your child wears a cap and has already applied sun screen. Please always bring water as staying hydrated is important.
Unfortunately, in the winter there may be occasions when a session will not run because of bad weather. In the event of this happening we will send out an email or post notice on our closed Facebook group.
All children must register their attendance at the beginning of the session with the Co-ordinator. At the end of the session she will ensure that all children are collected by their parent/guardian. Public access to the playing fields is restricted by a high fence around the whole perimeter of the field. A qualified first aider is always in attendance.
Club Clothing (hoodies, zip up hoodies and t-shirts) is available for children from RunGeek