| Q1. About Rochdale Harriers
How old Are Juniors?
Juniors are aged from 6 to 18 inclusive.
Where do we Meet?
Juniors meet at the Athletics
in the Kingsway Park High School Sports Centre, Turf
Road, Rochdale, OL16 4XA.
When Do we Meet?
Our training times vary slightly depending on
the training group the athlete attends.
aged 9 and above we train on Tuesday and Thursday
nights 7.00 - 8.00 pm at Kingsway Park High School
running track, Kingsway, Rochdale.(used to be
Springhill School) which is opposite Gordon Riggs
Garden centre. The athletes take part in all aspects
of athletics, running, jumping and throwing.
aged 6 - 8 years we train on a Tuesday only from
at the same place
takes place throughout the year except for Christmas
and New Year as the Athletics Arena is closed.
If you are interested in taking part in athletics then we currently have an induction evening on the 1st Tuesday of every month, this runs from 5.45 / 6.45 till 7.00 p.m. The induction evening is primarily to help us to assess an athlete's ability, thereby allowing us to place them in the most suitable group, at the same time we also go through an induction form for each athlete that gives us their contact details, any underlying medical conditions they might have, previous athletic experience, etc.
Please ensure that you have suitable clothing as training takes place on the outdoor track from March/April to September and on some nights through the winter months if conditions are suitable. We also recommend that you bring a still (non-fizzy) drink.
Do Juniors have to attend Every Training Session?
Q6. How Much Does it Cost?
first three sessions are free as a taster and
after that subs are 1.50 GBP per session. After three months
we require athletes to become a member of the club
for England Athletics insurance reasons.
Annual membership prices (including UK Athletics
fee) are 7 GBP for under 11s and 17 GBP for 11 –
18 year olds. Full details are on the membership
form which can be downloaded by clicking here.
We also have a range of clubwear for purchase,
incuding showerproof jackets and hoodies. Details of
sizes and prices from Janet Proctor on any training
Discounts Available to Club Members
As a club member of Rochdale Harriers & A.C. you are entitled to discounts at many races and a 10% discount at several sports shops (e.g. on trainers and other kit).
Q8. Are the Coaches Qualified?
We currently have six coaches, four of whom are
qualified to UK Athletics Level 1 or 2 or3 standard
and two are assistant coaches in training. Several
of the coaches are parents of current or past junior
members. All of our coaches have undergone full CRB
background checks. Our Child Protection Officer is
Janet Proctor. If
any parents have concerns / issues with child
welfare please contact Janet Proctor on Tuesday or
Thursday training nights or if urgent on contact
number 01706 838311.
Q9. What do the Juniors Do at Training?
Typical training sessions in the summer season include warm-up, technical drills and practices, fitness work, skills development in all of the running, jumping and throwing events, and cool-down. In the winter, we have the opportunity to use the indoor sports centre where we do circuit training, fitness work, flexibility and Sportshall athletics.
What Competitions do the Juniors enter?
During the summer season (March-Sept), our athletes compete in a wide range of events across the North of England. In 2009, we were in action at open and Grand Prix meetings at venues such as Blackpool, Trafford, Wigan, Wakefield, Warrington, Oldham and Barnsley.
In winter, we have a team in the Greater Manchester Sportshall Athletics League, competing against other clubs in the region at four indoor meetings. In 2008/09, two of our athletes were chosen to represent Greater Manchester in the North West Finals at the JJB Stadium.
Those who like the mud compete in the Red Rose and South East Lancs cross country series, while we also have athletes competing at Sportcity in a series of open indoor meetings run by Sale Harriers.
is not expensive and transport to venues can usually be arranged if
So do I have to be a really good Athlete to Join?
Contacts for Junior section enquiries are included here.