Athletics classifies Young Athletes based on their age at midnight on 31st August. This is broadly in line with the definitions used for school years. So to compete in the 2017 Season as an Under 11 a Young Athlete must have been born after 31st August 2006. This definition matters because, as a Club, YAC can only enter Teams in Under 11 (or younger) competition categories.
We aim to help our Members who are/soon will be 11 years old to move on to a Senior Club where they can compete as Under 13s. Our Members do not automatically move to Guildford & Godalming AC which is the Senior Club with whom we share the Spectrum facilities. Parents can apply to any Club on behalf of their child and we maintain details of the application process as supplied by local clubs which you can download here. If you have any information which should be added to these notes please let us know.
We do not ask Members to leave the Club as soon as they are 11 as we know some may want a bit more time before being ready for a Senior Club (or they may be on a waiting list). Some may only want to train to participate in school based athletics competitions and other may use athletics as part of training for a totally different sport. At the moment we do expect our Members to leave us by the end of the school year in which they reach the age of 13.
Our Senior Coach, Virginia, is always happy to discuss the needs of individual Members or you can email the Membership Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org if you need advice about moving on from YAC. We want to see as many as possible of the Young Athletes who are introduced to athletics at YAC to continue their participation in the sport.