Foundation (Graeme)

Important squad announcement

Join us for Live Training at Home, see details on the Band App. Training at the Track and Competing has been cancelled until further notice.

This Squad takes athletes aged from 11-13 years (school years 6 to 8) and its objective is to improve all-round physical development and enhance the athlete’s speed, strength, mobility, co-ordination and endurance. The programme aims to achieve this by using the different athletic events covering running, jumping and throwing as a vehicle to develop these skills. There is also an emphasis on increasing the training volume from one to two sessions per week to ensure that they are fit enough to move into a ‘specialist squad’ at the age of 13+ years.

By the age of 13+ years the athlete should be ready to move into one of the specialist squads where their continued development will be overseen by a new lead coach: Endurance and Middle Distance; Sprinting and Jumping; Throwing; Pole Vault. However, this is done to provide the athlete with the focus they will need to improve at their preferred or best event. It is not done to the exclusion of all other events and athletes with a talent for several events are encourage to keep this up by working with other Squad coaches by arrangement with their lead coach

As athletes mature, they need to train more if they are to reach their potential, so we encourage additional runs to be made on 1 or 2 of the days when there is no training.

Squad coaches

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Graeme Kerr

UKA qualified Coaching Assistant

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** Are you interested in helping with Athletics **

UKA qualified Assistant Coach
* Qualify over a weekend
* No experience required

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David Randall

UKA Qualified Athletics Coach

For existing members, if you have any squad related queries, please contact: your coach at the track or via email

About the coaches

Graeme is a UKA qualified Coaching Assistant.

Training schedule

Summer Training

You are invited to the following Live Sessions via the Zoom App, each week:-

Thursday 4pm to 5pm - Foundation session by Jeremy *Your main session*
Saturday 10am to 11am - Sprint Training session by Leanne
Sunday 3pm to 3.40pm - Endurance Training session by Mike T. **

** Please complete a 5 minute warm up and drills before Mike's session

The Zoom ID and password will be sent just before the event on the Band App and times may change at short notice.
Remember to install the Zoom App on your phone, Tablet, Ipad or PC first.

Usual schedule once the Track is open again

Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Little Marlow Athletics Track ** core training day **
Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Little Marlow Athletics Track - Optional Endurance Training (to 28 September 2019, restarts from 2 April 2020)
Saturday 9:30 - 11:30 am at Little Marlow Athletics Track - Event Training - by invite only (to 31 August 2019, restarts from 7 March 2020)

Occasionally, training for other events will also be available on Saturday at the track. Invitations for these events will be sent via email a few days before and will have limited spaces. This can cover events such as hurdles, throws (Javelin, Shot Put, Hammer and Discus), jumps (long jump, high jump and pole vault).

Please ask your coach before starting any optional sessions.

Winter Training

Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Little Marlow Athletics Track ** core training day **
Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Kingsmead Recreation Ground, High Wycombe - Optional Endurance Training
Saturday 9:30 -11:30 am at Hughenden Park - Optional Fitness & Conditioning (Meet at the entrance to children’s playground on Coates Lane) (From 7 September 2019, except competition weekends)

Please ask your coach before starting any optional sessions.

Other training information

Find out about your Endurance Coaches for Thursdays and Saturdays (during the summer) .

Hughenden Fitness & Conditioning

Training at Hughenden is a great benefit to all athletes, whether interested in sprints, jumps, track racing or cross country races. The sessions are fun and improve athletes endurance all-round. Sessions often involve lots of shorter runs, sprints, relays and games. It's a great location too.

* Who's invited: All athletes who are 9 years old** are invited. Sessions are adapted to suit each athlete.
* Who's Coaching: Currently Jeremy and also Graeme some Saturdays. Mike and John (endurance coaches) will be coaching older Endurance athletes, later Nigel (Sprint Coach) will be there to train the older Sprint Squad.
* We train all weather, rain or snow.
* Bring a Water bottle, warm clothing, running shoes (and running spikes if you have them - not essential over the first few weeks)
* Please notify your coach if you would like to train with us on Saturdays.

Winter Competitions Available

Wycombe Phoenix competes throughout the Winter in the Chiltern League. This is a set of 5 matches at various locations, as per last year.

Everyone can take part, there is no selection process and Wycombe Phoenix will pay for your entry. Athletes run in their age category from U11** to senior. All results appear on the National Athletics Database (po10) and the top 3/4 will score us points to move up in the league (depending on the division and age category). You will see lots of WPH Coaches and parents at races. (We also put up a gazebo and WPH Flag to find us easily).

** Athletes that are 9 years old on 31-Aug (the same year as the first Chiltern League race)

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