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 to apply in competitive situations as well as off the track & field.
Club Nights take place on Tuesdays 5.20 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.
The club is running its popular short-form track competitions again this season focusing exclusively on sprints and hurdles. The events will be held on the all-weather track at Papanui High. These competitions are available to athletes over the age of 12 and will be held on Sunday 15th & 29th of Octover and 5th of November at 11am.
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 Rawhiti Domain, New Brighton. 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.