Maidenhead Athletic Club has a thriving Junior section, with supervised coached activities taking place throughout the year. Activities are competitive and non-competitive, designed for different age groups from 7 upwards. Children are in a fun, social and supportive environment, but are expected to try hard. Joining an athletics club helps them build healthy habits, learn respect for one another and grow confidence.
Please read below about our activities. The club is very popular, and it does necessitate running a waiting list.
Track and Field
Alder Valley League is a local track and field league for the U13 to U17 age groups which takes place between April and September. Children have the opportunity to compete in up to three events which gives them the chance to try the different athletic disciplines in a friendly but competitive atmosphere. MAC has a great team spirit and is renowned for its great performances and loud cheering!
As the children move up the age groups they start to focus more on a specific event and some children have been selected for county team or county schools teams to compete at national competitions in their main event.
Sportshall Athletics is an indoor athletics competition against other local clubs. It takes place during the winter months usually at Thames Valley Athletics Centre for girls and boys in the U11 to U15 age groups. The fun events are designed to test the children’s core skills of balance, co-ordination, strength, speed and stamina. There are individual and team events all of which make for a super team spirit in a friendly but competitive atmosphere.
Maidenhead AC Juniors have had great success in this competition with a number of our juniors being selected for Berkshire at regional and national level.
Maidenhead AC Juniors compete in Division 2 of the Chiltern Cross Country League. Cross Country takes place in the winter months between October and February and is open to children in the U11 to U17 age group. Despite the sometimes cold weather and muddy courses the children seem to love cross country and as a result we have had a great deal of success both as a team and with individuals in this league.
A number of our Juniors have also gone on to be selected for county teams and county schools teams to compete at national level competitions.
Coaching and Coaches
Maidenhead AC are lucky to have a committed group of qualified coaches (all with DBS checks) who lead Junior groups in all events on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday all year round. Our coaches have many years’ experience coaching junior and senior athletes and most were or still are athletes themselves.
The main Junior training session is on Saturday mornings, usually at our track in Braywick Park but during the winter months we do use other indoor venues such as Thames Valley Athletic Centre. The session is split into two groups:
- 09:30 – 11:00 Striders: for children aged 8 to 12 (school years 4 to 7) where the emphasis is on developing the core skills of strength, stamina, speed, balance and co-ordination whilst also trying out the different athletic events in a fun, safe environment.
- 11:00 – 13:00 Squad: for children aged 12 – 16 (school years 7 to 11) where the athletes continue to develop their core skills but now focus on a specific event as well.
During the autumn and winter months, training is focused on strength and fitness, sportshall events and cross country with the focus moving to track and field events during the spring and summer.
When a child reaches secondary school age and moves into squad, if they have begun to show an interest for a particular event and a commitment to training they may be invited to an event specific training session on a Tuesday and/or Thursday. Both of these sessions meet at our Clubhouse in Braywick Park.
This is England Athletics Affiliation; it is a fee payable to England Athletics and is compulsory for all athletes from U13 (those who will reach their 11th birthday in the membership year) and above who wish to compete in track and field and cross country competitions. EA Affiliation (or competition licence/athlete registration/URN as it is also known) is payable on 1st April alongside our club membership fees. For further information as to what EA Affiliation provides can be found at:
At Maidenhead AC we provide a safe and enjoyable coaching environment for athletes of all ages and abilities. We have a comprehensive welfare, child protection and safeguarding policy. All our coaches and officials are DBS checked, we have coaches and members who have undertaken first aid training and our coaches and officials have also attended child protection and health and safety training.
When we are training at our Braywick Park track we have exclusive use of the track plus a member’s only clubhouse alongside the track.
If you would like more information, please read our safeguarding page.
To support our coaches and officials at training and competitions we have a parent helper’s rota. We ask that if your children attends our Saturday training sessions that you commit to help out for either the Striders or Squad sessions at least twice per term. Please see our “Get Involved” page for details of the rota and how to sign up.
The types of jobs you may be asked to do at Saturday training sessions could include supporting a coach by supervising a very small group of children with a training exercise, collecting equipment, general admin or measuring jumps or throws. This then enables our coaches to be able to concentrate on coaching and helping the athletes improve their skills.
At competitions each club has responsibility to officiate an event, we provide the qualified official and then as a parent helper you may be asked to help rake sandpits after jumps, help measure jumps and throws or collect equipment.
Some of our parent helpers have enjoyed helping out so much that they have subsequently undertaken coaching and officiating courses! We always need more coaches and officials, if this is something that may interest you then please read more about becoming a coach.
Due to the popularity of our Junior training sessions there is a waiting list in operation. You can add your child’s name to the waiting list from the age of 7. Access the waiting list and find further information about our membership and termly fees on our membership page.