This weekend sees our last major track and field championship of the summer with the England Athletics Under 17 and Under 15 championships (which includes our Disablity Age Group championships) taking place in Bedford. There have been over 1300 entries from over 1000 athletes so it should be a busy and competitive two days.
England Athletics are holding a junior mountain running trial race in Sedbergh on 27th August for the 2017 Junior Home International which will be hosted by Scotland and take place at Peebles on 16th September. If you'd like the chance to represent England, why not come and take part?
This weekend sees the England Athletics Under 17 and Under 15 combined events championships take place in Manchester. Our Under 17 and Under 15 athletes will battle for the Decathlon, Heptathlon, Octathlon and Hexathlon crowns over a weekend of action.
Those involved in coaching young athletes have to consider a range of aspects relating to the their athletes and their development. Our Coaching and Athlete Development Manager (Coaching Resources Youth Development), Scott Grace has identified some brief videos that can serve as useful information or reminders for coaches, and that coaches may also benefit from sharing with the parents of young athletes to help them understand how they can play a positive role in their child's involvement in athletics and running.
We remind athletes, parents and coaches that the closing date for entries to the England Athletics Under 17 and Under 15 Championships is Sunday 6th August.
England Athletics Chief Executive Chris Jones went along to visit Ivanhoe Robins with Club Support Manager Heidi Bradley. Also visiting the club for the evening was international distance runner Gemma Steel. Chris, Heidi and Gemma met young athletes, volunteers, and staff of the school where the club meets. They had the opportunity to find out more about how the club currently operates and plans to develop.
England athletes representing their country at the Commonwealth Youth Games enjoyed a hugely success championships in the track and field events at Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas. Overall Team England finished top of the medal table with 51 medals (23 gold), beating the total of 44 won in Samoa two years ago, and 12 more than the Australians who ranked second in the medal table (39 medals, 14 gold).
England Athletics, UKA and the other home country governing bodies are alert to our responsibilities to all participants in athletics in respect of all aspects of health and safety. One particular area that young athletes and their parents must be aware of is the risk of cardiac problems, andconditions that can potentially cause Sudden Cardiac Death.
English athletes gave a huge contribution as Team England made history on day five of the Commonwealth Youth Games, Team England enjoyed the nation's best ever day at a Youth Games. Medals were secured in the pool, on the track and field, the beach volleyball court and in the boxing ring. By the end of an amazing session of sport, eight gold, two silver and four bronze medals had been won across the sports with England dominating the medal table.
It was another successful day for the England team at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas, with a bronze medal and a number of athletes through to finals as many of the track events saw qualifying rounds.