Typically, children come into the club via the recreational groups. Those that show potential progress through the structure into the squad & specialist groups; then into the development groups. All children in the Squad, Specialist, and Development groups are expected to compete for the club
We encourage a combined events approach for all junior athletes to develop a wide range of skills. This provides a sound base of skills and strength for when athletes specialise at Under 15 level or move on to specialise in other sports. Many young athletes who have an initial talent in the running events often find that with technical coaching they also excel at other disciplines. This provides variety which is essential in keeping athletes motivated in the sport through to senior level.
The multi-event courses run in individual year groups i.e. Reception, Year 1, Year 2 etc. We feel that by creating year group classes it will improve the experience and the environment for the children and allow them to develop at similar rates to their friends. It will also create an opportunity for us to keep coaches with the same groups over a 3 year period to improve their relationship with the children which can only benefit the children's development. Similar aged children will train at a similar times to provide a safer environment within the arena.
Cardiff Archers Athletics believes that for long term athlete development, all athletes benefit from a multi-skill programme. This allows them to pick up movement skills that they may not have gained if they specialised early. That is why all our general athletics groups follow a Run, Jump, Throw programme. Our general athletics sessions consist of a warmup containing physical literacy and fundamental movement skills, followed by two events and a cool down per week. Athletes rotate around events, so that they cover as many run, jump, throw events as possible, per term. Meanwhile, our younger members sessions will consist of a lot of games based on physical literacy. As children progress, they may be invited to attend a squad group, and will have the opportunity to compete for the club (See squad training tab)
Our general academy
sessions run every weekday evening during University term time, between 4.30pm
and 6.30pm, with sessions 1 hour in duration. To find out specific times of
sessions, please visit Cardiff Met Sport App and visit the Athletics Academy
Tab (Stickman of a hurdler).