Young Athletes

Junior Members

The club welcomes applications from Juniors who are at least 8 years of age and who are committed to compete for the club in individual and team events covering track and field and cross-country.

If you are interested, then along with your parents/guardians, you are initially invited to attend an Induction Session which will be held at the clubhouse usually at least once per month (dependent on applications).

The date(s) and time(s) of these sessions will be posted on this website and also at the Clubhouse.

Please contact Malcolm Hackney (Junior Coach Co-ordinator) for more information on 07708041217 or email malcom.hackney@tiscali.co.uk.

The next Induction Session is Thursday 30th November at 7:00pm

Please see the Juniors Section of the website for more information and the latest News, Fixtures and Results.

Competition

Newcastle (Staffs) AC is actively involved in a number of local and regional leagues, covering athletics, road running and cross country.

We have athletes regularly competing in events around the region from the U11 age group upwards, with the emphasis on enjoyment.

We aim to cater for all abilities and have a growing number of qualified coaches who aim to make both competing and training an enjoyable experience which will retain the children’s love of the sport for years to come.

Training

Training for Young Athletes is held every Tuesday and Thursday evening at Ashfields, starting at 6.30pm and typically lasting 1 hour.

The majority of training is carried out on the track and surrounding grassed area in a safe environment.

On occasion training is held in different locations where the children are supervised to ensure their safety.

In the younger age groups children are coached in different aspects of athletics by our qualified coaches to nurture an understanding of what the sport can offer, before specialising in the later age groups.

Coaches

All our coaches have a number of years experience in athletics and are qualified to at least Level 1 and are CRB checked.

The coaches meet regularly to assess training needs and schedules to ensure the young athletes continue to develop and enjoy the sport.

For more information please visit our Coaching section or feel free to speak to our coaches in person at Ashfields on one of the training nights.

Club Mark

Newcastle (Staffs) AC is proud to have been awarded Clubmark status, one of the few athletic clubs in Staffordshire to have done so.

Clubmark is a cross-sport quality accreditation for clubs with junior sections and is aimed at developing the skills and optimising the talents of young people, as well as encouraging healthy, active lifestyles. The award recognises that the club holds all the necessary criteria to fulfil its commitment to junior athletics, with qualified coaches, a child welfare officer, and a safe environment in which youngsters can participate in athletics.

To learn more about Clubmark and what this means please visit the Clubmark website

Staffordshire Athletics Network

Newcastle (Staffs) AC has joined a group of other athletic clubs that form the Staffordshire Athletics Network.

The other clubs are: Cannock & Stafford AC, Tamworth AC, Burton AC, Stafford Harriers, Stone Master Marathoners, Trentham RC, City of Stoke AC and Washland Women Runners

Athletics Networks are clusters of clubs working strategically with other local key partners to develop the sport of athletics in local areas.

Athletics Networks will seek to drive up the quality of coaching, links with community groups such as schools, competition in clubs (inter and intra club) and also seek to develop the all round quality of provision within clubs in the network.

The ethos behind Athletics Networks is all about working in partnership to improve the provision of athletics in the area

Welfare Policy

Newcastle (Staffs) AC recognises the trust that parents/carers place in us and accept the responsibility to provide a duty of care for young people whilst at the club.

We have produced a number of policy documents to show our commitment to the safety of our young athletes.

The Equity Policy and Welfare Policy are published below and a full description of our comprehensive approach to the welfare of youngsters involved in the club is described in our Welfare Policy document (MS Word).

Equity Policy Statement

This club is committed to ensuring that equity is incorporated across all aspects of its development. In doing so it acknowledges and adopts the following Sport England definition of sports equity:

Sports equity is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them. It is about changing the culture and structure of sport to ensure it becomes equally accessible to everyone in society.

The club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of their sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/economic status.

The club is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse.

All club members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.

The club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to club disciplinary procedures.

The Equity Policy is also available as a MS Word document: Equity Policy

Welfare Policy Statement

Joining the junior section of Newcastle (Staffs) Athletic Club is an important step in a young person’s athletic career.

As an athletic club we are committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for children and young people to practice athletics.

We will do this by:

1. Recognising that all children and young people have the right to freedom from abuse.

2. Ensuring that all our staff and volunteers are carefully selected and accept responsibility for helping to prevent the abuse of children in their care.

3. Responding swiftly and appropriately to all suspicions and allegations of abuse, providing parents and children with the opportunity to voice any concern they may have.

4. Appointing a Welfare Officer who will take specific responsibility for child safety and act as the main point of contact for parents, children and outside agencies.

5. Ensuring access to confidential information is restricted to the Welfare officer or appropriate external authorities.

6. Reviewing the effectiveness of our Welfare Policy annually at the relevant Committee Meeting.

The Welfare Policy is also available as a MS Word document: Welfare Policy