The club’s junior athletics programme is designed to provide children from the age of 5 through to 14 the opportunity to develop techninical and physical skills through competition across all athletic disciplines.
I have a long association with this club having started athletics here when I was 8 years old. I have competed in just about every event and at a range of different levels. I now have two kids who loved their first full year of athletics. I believe this is one of the best sports to be involved in as it teaches you great physical skills and provides the opportunity to make long lasting friendships.
I became involved with the Club three years ago and I was impressed with the family friendly environment. It wasn't long before my three children were attending as many training sessions and competitions as they could! From here my love of athletics grew. I'm passionate about their sport and really enjoy being part of this awesome club. I look forward to sharing all it has given us.
Club Nights take place on Tuesdays 5.10 to 7pm at the club’s grounds at Papanui High. During Club Nights the athletes train three different events each week, combining coaching and competition. For children under 7 years old the club runs a “get set go” programme, a fun way for younger athletes to learn basic skills and have a go at athletics.
Junior Coaching takes place on Thursdays from 5.30 to 7pm at Papanui High. Coaching Sessions are run by our top-level group of coaches and are designed to provide athletes from 10 to 15 years the chance to develop and enhance event-specific skills, strength and flexibility. We also run intermitant specialist workshops for members of the junior coaching squad during the season. There is an additional charge of $62.50 for the season per athlete wishing to attend coaching which can be purchased at our online shop here.
Interclub competitions are run on Saturdays from 9 to 12.30 where junior athletes have the opportunity to test their skills and compete at Nga Puna Wai all weather athletics stadium. Registered athletes may comptete in 4 events + a relay each week and the club encourages all junior athletes to get involved in Interclub competitions. Saturdays are always a fun and social morning for the children and also provide invaluable competition experience and a further training opportunity.