Age Groups for Athletics

UK 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 2018 Season as an Under 11 a Young Athlete must have been born after 31st August 2007.  This definition matters because, as a Club, YAC can currently only enter Teams in Under 11 competition categories.

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 others 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 membership@young-athletes.co.uk 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