Junior Athletics


Welcome to our BRAT junior athletics page. We are a friendly and highly competitive club and it is our aim to maximise the potential of all our junior athletes in a safe, welcoming and positive environment. Please read all of the information below, and use the contact details at the bottom of the page if you are interested in pursuing athletics and being part of one of the greatest clubs in the area.

If you are interested in joining, please read below and complete this application form.

Please do not attend any sessions without prior contact as we operate a waiting list system. Any question can be directed to: bratjuniorathletics@gmail.com


Ethos

BRAT club enters competitions to compete with the best clubs, with the best athletes all over the country. There is no doubt that we are a friendly and welcoming club, but we strive to be the best that we can be. It is an honour to represent BRAT, and as athletes, you should be giving your all so that you are selected to have the privilege of wearing the BRAT club vest.

What does that mean for you, as parents / athletes? What this means is that we have an expectation for commitment to competition and commitment to training. Our dedicated and experienced coaching team are only permitted (and indeed only have time) to coach a specific number of athletes. If athletes are not committed to both training and competing for BRAT, we may need to politely ask you to step aside to make way for others that are!

The fixtures for league matches are typically provided several months in advance, and we expect all our junior team to compete in all matches except where unavoidable circumstances prevent doing so. This applies to track & field, cross country and sportshall.


Parental Responsibility

BRAT club is run entirely by volunteers. The volunteers give their valuable time in order to support the club and the sport as a whole. The activities carried out by the volunteers may be easily visible (coaching for example), but there is so much that goes on behind the scene. The wider our volunteer base is, the better we can make the club.

With that in mind, we actively encourage parents to:

1: Get involved with coaching. BRAT club is happy to support sending people on coaching courses. It isn’t a daunting task, and you will be fully supported by the experienced coaches at the club whilst you learn.

2: Become a ‘parent volunteer’. This may be as simple as grabbing a rake and raking the sandpit at training, setting out cones around the track…or even getting involved in team leading at competitions. 

3: Get an ‘officiating’ qualification. At league matches, we are awarded points based on the number of officials we are able to provide.

These opportunities would genuinely make a huge difference to the club, e-mail bratjuniorathletics@gmail.com or simply grab one of the existing coaches, we’d love you to get involved!



BRAT Junior Academy

Lower Academy

The lower junior academy is open to children aged 8-12 (school years 4 – 7) and is the gateway to attending regular specialised training sessions provided by the club. The lower junior academy works on essential core skills for children in sport, in an athletics context, delivered by qualified coaches. 

The young athletes will be exposed to a range of athletics events and will be expected to compete in athletics competitions throughout the year. At this early stage in the athlete’s journey we will stress the importance of trying out as many athletics disciplines as possible, both in training and in competition. Focus on specific events will come later, in the higher academy, as the athlete develops.

Venue: University of Birmingham athletics track (B15 2RT)
Day & Time: Sunday 10:00am – 11:30am.

In order to maintain suitable group sizes, we operate a waiting list system and periodically invite groups of new starters for trial periods in the junior academy. The trial period lasts 4 sessions and the athletes are expected to attend at least 3 of these sessions (unless prevented by exceptional circumstances). Upon successful completion of the trial period, you will be invited to join the club as a full member.


Higher Academy

The higher junior academy is open to children aged 12+ (school years 8+) and is the gateway to the senior team. The higher junior academy differs from the lower academy in that the athletes will be more event focussed and will attend sessions to work on their chosen events. Similar to the lower academy, we can only accept children that are dedicated to training and competition. Upon joining the higher academy, the athlete will be placed on a trial period of 4 weeks, in which the coaches will assess their ability and provide recommendations on which disciplines are best suited to the athlete’s abilities. Upon successful completion of the trial period, you will be invited to join the club as a full member.

Sprints/Hurdles

Venue: University of Birmingham athletics track (B15 2RT)
Day & Time: Sunday 10:00am – 12:00 & Tuesday / Thursday 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Jumps

Venue: University of Birmingham athletics track (B15 2RT)
Day & Time: Sunday 10:30am – 12:00 & Tuesday / Thursday 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Throws

Venue: University of Birmingham athletics track (B15 2RT)
Day & Time: Thursday 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Endurance

Venue: University of Birmingham athletics track (B15 2RT)
Day & Time: Tuesday / Thursday 6:30pm – 7:30pm



Club Competitions

Heart of England League 

The Heart of England League is known as the “friendly league” and was formed in 1978 to give Midland based clubs local competition to a broader range of athletes including Under 11s. The Heart of England league takes place throughout the summer months and provides an excellent opportunity to travel to different stadiums and venues throughout the West Midlands.

BRAT are currently in league 3 and we expect all our junior athletes to take part so we can look to progress into the higher leagues.

Birmingham Sportshall League 

An indoor sports athletics league that takes place over the winter months. BRAT recently joined the Birmingham sportshall league and competes against other clubs from around the Birmingham area. Juniors that perform well in the Birmingham events are invited to represent Birmingham in the national finals. We have had a number of athletes selected to take part in the nationals and they have performed well against some of the best young athletes in the country.

One of the best aspects of the sportshall league is the fun and friendly atmosphere for young athletes. We look forward to improving on previous performances and picking up some trophies!

West Midland Young Athletes Cross Country League

The West Midland Young Athlete Cross Country League is the strongest cross country league in the UK for younger age group athletes. The cross country league events take place over the winter months from U11’s and upwards. 

Other athletics competitions

There are many other opportunities to represent BRAT throughout the year and we will provide details of these competitions as they arise. These include:

Regional county championships (track & field / XC).
Regional schools championships / English schools championships.
Indoor athletics throughout the winter months.
Open meetings (track & field / XC).


The BRAT Junior Team

Lower Junior Academy

Name: Colin Bailey

Role: BRAT Junior Coordinator / Coach

Bio: I am responsible for the BRAT junior team as a whole and I am held to account by the BRAT executive team. This means that I must ensure that our junior athletes are able to achieve their full potential in a safe and organised environment. 

I am involved in coaching the BRAT lower junior academy and I bring a wealth of athletics experience and have a genuine passion for the sport. I competed as a decathlete in my years as a senior, but I began running cross-country and middle distance on the track as a 9 year old. In the years between, I won many county, regional and national medals in combined events and individual events alike. I strongly encourage all junior athletes to get involved with as many athletics disciplines as they can, especially in their younger years.


Name: James Colclough

Role: Coach

Bio: I am a qualified Assistant Coach, supporting Colin and the team to develop our younger athletes. I have been involved in athletics and x-country for over 30 years. Over this time I have focussed on developing knowledge of the sprints, power events and 400m running attending international seminars and UK Athletics events.

As a junior athlete I competed in many national schools x-country and track & field events, finishing in the top 10 at the longer distance and winning the Midland x-country league. I dropped to 400m running from 800m where I’d won a national indoor title and then finished 5th at English Schools. I went on to train at Loughborough University, Nottingham University and with Woodford Green in London gaining experience from international coaches and athletes. Now as a Masters athlete, I have competed in the World Masters in 2015.


Name: Lucette Gargett

Role: Coach

Bio:


Endurance

Name: Nick Price

Role: Coach

Bio: Level 3 UKA Performance Coach (Endurance)

Level 3 Official (Endurance)

Started coaching junior athletes in 1997 from club level up to the European Junior Championships.  I have been involved in endurance sport for over 48 years. Competing in athletics, cross country, road racing, triathlons and cycle time trials.  Specialising in Marathons and Ironman triathlons.


Name: Steve Hewett

Role: Coach

Bio: UKA level 3 Performance Coach (endurance)

UKA level 2 Track Judge

I assist with coaching the junior middle distance group on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, targeting cross country competition and track and field. 

I also officiate at the junior and senior track and field league meetings.


Name: Chris Gollings

Role: Coach / XC team manager

Bio: I have been active in the club since 2004. I am an active triathlete and got involved in junior coaching when my son started to compete. I have been junior XC team manager for eight years.


Sprints/Hurdles

Name: Gordon Ainsley

Role: Coach

Bio: UKA level 3 performance coach(hurdles), level 2 coach (sprints and horizontal jumps).

UKA level 4 field official, level 2 track judge and timekeeper. 

I was an active athlete specialising in hurdles, but started coaching in 1980 following an injury. I specialise in coaching sprint and 300/400m hurdles to all appropriate age groups, with the aim of assisting athletes to achieve their full potential right up to international level. I also coach sprints up to 400m and horizontal jumps.

I have been a qualified technical official since 1990 and a national technical official since 2010. |I support the club at all league meetings as well as county and regional level meetings. I have attended Commonwealth, World and Olympic Games.


Jumps

Name: Nigel Clegg

Role: BRAT senior team manager/Coach/Official

I’m responsible for the BRAT senior track & field team who participate in the Midland senior league.

I particularly enjoy working with the younger athletes in the club and seeing them come through to the senior ranks. I’ve played competitive sport since the age of 9 including cricket, football, golf and athletics – I just love sport!


Throws

Name: Ruth Briggs

Role: Coach

Bio:


Social

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Safeguarding

Please refer to the follow for details of our coaching team’s relevant details: 

https://www.englandathletics.org/clubs-and-facilities/club-support-services/club-welfare/safeguarding-checks-and-dbs-processes/ or e-mail us here: welfare@bratclub.co.uk


Contact

E-mail us at: bratjuniorathletics@gmail.com for further information. If you are interested in joining, please complete this application form.