TRAINING

TEMPORARY TRAINING INFORMATION

PLEASE NOTE, THESE SESSIONS ARE FOR PAID UP CLUB MEMBERS ONLY AND WE WILL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO OFFER TRAINING TO AS MANY ATHLETES AS POSSIBLE.

TRACK AND FIELD TRAINING

Whilst we have to comply with government and England Athletics guidelines, we will have a booking system in place for sessions for all age groups on the track at Westminster Lodge. If you book both Thursday and Sunday, we may not be able to offer both sessions, depending on demand.

You will receive an email confirming if you have a place or not, at least 24 hours prior to your booked session. Any questions, please email covidsessions@stalbansac.co.uk

MIDDLE DISTANCE TRAINING

Middle distance training is currently being held at either the Toulmin Drive playing fields (GOOGLE MAP LINK) OR Verulamium Park. Currently on Tuesday and Thursdays (6-7pm). We ask parents/carers to stay for the duration of the training session and take responsibility for their child as we do not have first aid. For further information please request to join the St Albans Cross Country and Middle Distance Facebook Group.

 Any questions please email middledistancecoaches@stalbansac.co.uk

Training is held at Westminster Lodge Athletics track in the south side of St Albans town centre. Please visit the Contact page for full details of location.
 
All our sessions are run by qualified volunteer coaches (DBS checked). We require additional parent volunteers for each session. Please sign up on our Volunteers page.

THURSDAY TRAINING

6.30-7.30pm – age 8 to Year 6
7.30-8.45pm – Year 6+
 
This is a general training session and all members are welcome! New athletes may attend up to 3 times (£2 per session) on a trial basis before joining the club.

SUNDAY TRAINING

10-11am – age 8 to Year 6
11-12noon – Year 6+
 
This is a general training session and all members are welcome! New athletes may attend up to 3 times (£2 per session) on a trial basis before joining the club.

MONDAY CIRCUIT TRAINING

7-8pm
This is session is held in the sports hall at Westminster Lodge and open to all members from Year 7 and older. This session moves to the track during the summer season (from April-September).

TUESDAY MIDDLE DISTANCE TRAINING

6-7pm
This session is for middle distance runners who compete for the club. If you wish to join this session please speak to one of our middle distance coaches. Athletes must be Year 5 and above. Contact details on the Who’s Who page.

WEDNESDAY SPRINT TRAINING

6.30-8.30pm
This session is for athletes who compete for the club and is by invite only. If you wish to join this session please contact one of the coaches.

SUNDAY SOCIAL RUN

3-4pm (approx)
Please note, times/venue vary during the season so please join our Facebook group for latest updates. This session is open to all our members and families; an easy off-road run, suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Run at a “conversational pace” and no one gets dropped or left behind!
Who leads the training session? – All our sessions are lead by qualified volunteer coaches and all athletes up to the age of 17 are taught the basics of a wide range of events. Our current list of coaches can be found on our Who’s Who page.
What do I need to wear/bring? – Please wear suitable sports clothing and trainers/spikes. In cold or wet weather bring plenty of layers and waterproofs. We have a container for storing coats/hoodies during wet training sessions. Please DO NOT bring anything valuable as the club cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, lost or stolen items. Always bring a water bottle. If you are on medication, it is important that you tell our coaches at the start of the session.
Do the athletes train when it’s raining? – Yes, our sessions run in the rain, sun, even snow sometimes, so long as it’s safe. We DO NOT train in thunderstorms. Please check the website and Facebook pages for the latest updates during very poor weather conditions.
Can I just turn up? – We allow athletes to attend a maximum of 3 trial sessions (charged at £2 per session). Please just turn up at correct session and introduce your child to the coach. Parents/carers are asked to stay during trial sessions. Once you have registered to join the club, you can leave your child during the session if you wish.
Can I help? – YES please! Parent helpers are very welcome. The club is run by volunteers and many jobs do not require you to be a qualified coach in athletics. Please speak to any member of the coaching team if you would like to volunteer. You can contact us at the track or using the details on our Contact page.

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