Ashford Athletic Club has a large, growing, successful group of  junior athletes who compete at local, regional and national levels.

Even if you are a beginner to athletics or have some experience through school, come along to our training sessions to meet us. We train at the Julie Rose Stadium on Tuesday and Thursday evenings after school.

We provide a safe training environment with qualified coaches for children and young people from 9-16 years old in the Youth category in all athletic activities.

New athletes aged between 11 and 16 will need to attend an induction evening which is held on the first Tuesday of each month. Please contact us first to ensure you have a place.


Depending on the young persons level or ability they will have the opportunity to compete in several different leagues. Please click on the leagues to the left to find out more information.

Developing Young Athletes Strategy/Pathway

Ashford AC has a policy of long term athlete development. Principles of the programme are:
- To give young athletes a broad introduction to the sport
- Athletics for All
- Facilitate progessive development
- To guard against the risks of training too hard, too early, and over-specialising too soon
- A positive and enjoyable experience
- Athlete centred coach led

Please click on the following links to reach the Young Athletes Development Pathway:
Stage 1: Julie Rose Juniors (age 9-11)
Stage 2: Development Groups ( aged 11-14/15)
Stage 3: Specialist Coaching Groups (aged 14-15+)

If you would like to know more about the youth athletics or to find out how you can get involved, please contact the club.

Information for parents

Being the parent of an athlete can be a joy, a chore and anything in between. The nature of your son or daughter’s experience will be determined in large part by their own ability, their own motivation, the ability of their coaches, the availability of competitions and programmes and your attitude as a parent.
- Be realistic about their motivation
- Be realistic about their athletic ability
- View physical fitness as fundamental to success
- View mental fitness as fundamental to success
- View sportsmanship as fundamental to success
- Be aware that elite performance requires elite commitment and sacrifice
- Be ready to support coaches and officials
- Be ready to deal constructively with disappointment


When attending a competition please recognise that the athlete is the responsibility of the team manager and must adhere to the management rules and regulations. Whilst you may wish to spend time with your son or daughter or offer advice you must not hinder the team schedule or competition.

AAC’s Welfare Policy

Ashford AC has adopted the UK Athletics Athletics Welfare Policy and Athletics Welfare Procedures (incorporating Child Protection). Advisory note – scroll down to the bottom of the page below the image for the information.

Parents Code of Conduct

A new AAC Parents Code of Conduct has been created for 2012 and can be found here and on every team page under ‘Competition’ on the club’s website. AAC_Parent_code_conduct_2012