My Child wants to join athletics – what do I do?
We have various athletic training groups at both Medway Park and Sutton Valence. The earliest age is from 7 years old which is a Saturday morning group at Medway Park for 7 to 11 years run in partnership with West Kent Athletics here.
Please check our ‘looking to join‘ page for further information as many of our groups have waiting lists. Please do not just turn up for these sessions.
What should my child wear/bring?
Tee shirt and shorts with a tracksuit over the top and trainers to begin with. A Waterproof jacket if wet or likely to rain. Bring a drink preferably water but not fizzy.
How much does it cost?
At Medway Park you will need to pay an entrance fee into the Centre as well as our Club membership. If you decide to join, M&M receive a discounted rate and it is worth investing in a Centre membership rather than pay each time. Please speak to Medway Park confirming you are a M&M athlete.
We can advise you of our membership fees which will depend on whether you are an adult, student, child or other factors. However, currently:
- New Adult Membership is £120
- New Junior Membership is £110 – Year 6 and above
- Young child membership (year 5 and below) – £80
- Member with non-track use – £45
- Student membership – £45
- Road Runner – £30
- Second claim (by invitation only)
- For the Saturday morning group please see here
What is expected of Parents?
The Club relies on the support of parents not only during the training sessions – by staying and giving encouragement but also at competitions by “volunteering” to help where necessary. All Officials are volunteers too! If you are interested in officiating of coaching, please speak to a committee member.
What about Competitions?
We are a competitive athletic club therefore on joining the Club athletes are expected to participate in competition when ready to do so. Speak to your coach about this.
There are Open Meetings throughout the season that anyone can enter. Look out for details on the Facebook page, website and information from coaches.
The Club competes in a number of Leagues which covers all age groups (U13 and above).These are usually at the weekend and all members are expected to compete for the Club during the season. Please contact the appropriate Team Manager giving your availability.
Athletes will need to buy a club vest which must be worn in competitions. This costs £15. Please speak to a committee member, coach or team manager.
How to become a Member?
Membership on invitation
I am a Member of another Club and want to change what should I do?
Change of Club – Athletics & Running (englandathletics.org)
My Coach is based at another club, do I have to join that Club?
No, there should be no requirement to join another club when training with a specialist coach based at a site which is different from your normal local club site. However, there may be a requirement to make additional payments for facility use. These payments will vary depending on the site arrangement and coaching policy.
I want to change my coach, what do I do?
Please speak with your current coach that you intend to train with another coach.
It’s the School Holidays, do you still train?
Yes training is generally throughout the year unless advised by your coach. Your coach may make other arrangements for sessions in the winter.
The weather is bad, will training be cancelled?
Training is only cancelled when the weather is exceptionally poor and it would be unsafe to use the facilities. If you attend regularly then your coach will contact you to let you know or check on the website/Facebook page for details.