Junior athletes off to Manchester

Star track holiday scheme
Star track holiday scheme

With Olympic fever in full swing, over 130 children aged 7 to 13 enjoyed a week outside at the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre track learning new skills and competing in individual and team events for medals and team prizes.

The Star Track scheme is a nationwide athletics holiday scheme with 12 junior athletes from Rugby and Northampton AC masterminding and delivering the last two week’s schemes at Rugby.

Coaching coordinator at the club Janet Wright was thrilled with numbers over the last two weeks and says the events are as much about developing leadership, coaching and management skills of the clubs athletes aged between 16 and 20 whilst at the same time providing a week’s fun holiday activities for local youngsters.

You always find undiscovered talent on these courses and Rugby seems to have a lot of it!

n Nine coaches from the scheme will be in action at the weekend when the club’s 80 strong Junior Team makes the journey to Manchester as one of the top eight junior teams in the UK for the fourth year running to compete in the UK Finals of the McCain Young Athletes League.

Janet Wright, Team Manager said, with all the excitement of the Olympics in London, the weekend is going to be particularly special for us all: “We have over 80 athletes aged between 11 and 16 competing and what is particularly good is that older athletes who have grown up with the league are keen to come on the day and help co-ordinate the youngsters and warm them up for their events.

“The achievement of even getting there is no mean feat and the club never gets complacent and expects to be there.

“Every year we think we won’t be as good next year but thanks to the dedication and hard work of the club coaches and athletes themselves we seem to be getting better and stronger with spots in the team often closely contended.

“There is a fabulous team spirit at R&N and I believe that is the key to our success.

“Athletics is primarily an individual event, however, at R&N its a team event with everyone wanting to do their bit!”

Janet added: “2012 has already been a special year for us with great individual successes at English Schools Championships and UK Schools Games.

“Our boys’ captains, Luke Townsend, Ciaran Wardle and Patrick Mills have all been at the club members since they were eight and have all done exceptionally well in major championships this year.

“It has been fantastic quite literally seeing them develop and now ‘inspire the next generation’ at the Star Track courses.”

n The club are always looking for new talent.

If you or your children have been inspired by the Olympics, the Saturday Track Club is the place to start for children aged 7 to 12 from 9.30 to 10.30am, open to non-members.

They hold regular inductions for new starters which are publicised on the club website. Anyone aged 7 to 15 that wants the chance to have a go at competition is invited to come along to the track between 11 and 1 on Saturday, September 8 for our R&N Track Taster Competition for the chance to win medals and prizes in a range of events.

For entry details see www.randnac.org or call Janet on 07973 347437.