The Newmarket Joggers Junior section accommodates boys and girls from 7 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 6.30pm and 7.30pm at the Newmarket Academy playing fields (accessed from the lane adjacent to Houldsworth Valley Primary School; parking is available on Rowley Drive). Training is throughout the year including summer school holidays and half term breaks but excluding Christmas school holidays. Toilets are available by kind permission of the Scouts but there are nochanging or refreshment facilities at the field.
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 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 Membership Secretary Angela Brennan at email@example.com
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.
Subscriptions to Junior Joggers are paid annually and are currently £56 per year. Allpayments are managed through our online membership portal; please contact us for details. The membership year runs from April 1 to March 30 but we can take new members mid-season so please get in touch with us at any time
All our coaches are highly experienced, fully qualified to UK Athletics and DBS checked. The Club adheres to the UK Athletics Association Code of Conduct.
Mick Graham – UKA Level 4 International High Performance & Development Coach
Stuart Janes – UKA Athletics Coach
Phil Blundell – UKA Coaching Assistant
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. 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. 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 notify you by email.
Hoodies, vests, T shirts, etc, is available for children from Clothing