Ages eight years and up are welcome to come along and start enjoying learning all the exciting areas of running, jumping and throwing in a fun and safe environment.
Athletics increases children’s ability to run efficiently and build the fitness, co-ordination and endurance that is necessary for all sporting codes.
A basic understanding of running principles, building healthy competition and sportsmanship is central to the teaching at TFC.
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) coach Ruth Horton and ex-Olympian Erin Tierney have a steady programme to build strong, fit and healthy athletes who can move onto a focused youth programme.
Those aged 13 to 19 are welcome to come on Mondays, and also to join the youth squad session to be held on Wednesdays from 3.30pm at BCI.
An introduction to the events available and a definite focus to find the best area for each athlete will be taken for this age group.
Athletes will train in track and field events, but the club will be looking to identify where an athlete’s skill looks more promising – for example in sprints, middle-distance running, jumps or throws.
Once that is determined the club will create a training pathway that can lead to overseas competitions like the New Zealand inter-secondary school competition in December.
A master’s programme is also in the pipeline, most likely to be held on Fridays at 5pm.
The club urges those who are keen to come along on Monday and give it a try, as all ages and stages of development are catered for.
If you are a parent who would like to be involved with coaching or if you want to learn some official aspects of athletics like timing and measuring jumps and throws, come along as well – the club would love to see you there.