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Rochdale juniors at Clayton Vale, South East Lancs League

Q1. About Rochdale Harriers

Rochdale Harriers & A.C. was
formed in 1894.   We cater for athletes of all abilities, from those who have never competed before to the elite.  

The Junior section is key to our future success.

Q2. How old Are Juniors?

Juniors are aged from 6 to 18 inclusive.

Q3.  Where do we Meet? 

The Juniors meet at the Athletics Arena in the Kingsway Park High School Sports Centre, Turf Road, Rochdale, OL16 4XA.

Q4. When Do we Meet?

Our training times vary slightly depending on the training group the athlete attends.

For 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.

For aged 6 - 8 years we train on a Tuesday only from 6pm - 7.00pm at the same place

Training takes place throughout the year except for Christmas and New Year as the Athletics Arena is closed.

We may finish slightly earlier than 7.00 / 8.00p.m., particularly with the youngest group, if the weather is poor, therefore we would ask parents to be ready to pick their children up at around 6.45 / 7.45 p.m.

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.


Q5. Do Juniors have to attend Every Training Session?

We like to see athletes attending on both nights but once is OK as we understand you may have other commitments  

Q6. How Much Does it Cost?

The 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

Competitions and races often require athletes to wear club vests. The club vests are shown
here and are available at a very reasonable price from the club.

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 night.

Q7. 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 ProctorIf 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.

Q10. 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.

Entering competitions is not expensive and transport to venues can usually be arranged if required.

Q11. So do I have to be a really good Athlete to Join?

Athletes don't have to have any particular level of ability in athletics events, our coaches will help you to find out what you like or are good at and help you to develop. It helps, though, if you are reasonably fit when you join us. If you're just at the stage where you want to get a bit fitter and have some fun while doing so, the Community Sport Coach runs a fun and fitness session on Wednesday evenings

Q12. Contacts

Contacts for Junior section enquiries are included here.

Q13. Printer Friendly version of this page

printer friendly version of this page together with the membership form are  our information pack.