TRAINING SQUAD

Foundation (Jeremy)

Important squad announcement

Due to EA and government restrictions, training will be by invite only and in restricted group sizes

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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Jeremy Mitchell

UKA qualified Athletics Coach

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Ed Morris

UKA qualified Assistant Coach

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Donna

Working towards UKA qualified Assistant Coach

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** Are you interested in helping with Athletics **

* No experience required
* Come along to any session

For existing members, if you have any squad related queries, please contact: Using the "Band" App on your mobile or speak to Jeremy or Ed at the club.

About the coaches

Jeremy is a UKA qualified Athletics Coach, with Jumps as the additional area of interest (including Long Jump, High Jump and Pole Vault). He coaches within the Foundation, Fundamentals and Hughenden Fitness squads. Jeremy also enjoys being trained in the throws squad for Discus and Javelin. Previously he progressed to a 10k distance and competes for the club in Chiltern League Cross Country competitions.

Ed is a former Decathlete, who won medals at Regional and National level in the U20 age group - as well as setting a UK age record for indoor Pentathlon. With his track career well behind him, Ed has started his coaching qualifications this year and is looking to become a UKA Qualified Coach in 2020. His focus on multi-events means he can show budding athletes the wide variety of disciplines you can enjoy in Track and Field.

Training schedule

Summer Training

Due to EA and government restrictions, training will be by invite only and in restricted group sizes

Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Little Marlow Athletics Track ** core training day **
Wednesday 4:10 - 5:15 pm - Live via the Zoom App - Strength and conditioning (some weeks) *
Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Little Marlow Athletics Track - Optional Endurance Training (ask for an invite first) ^^
Saturday 9:30 - 11:30 am at Little Marlow Athletics Track - Event Training - by invite only

Occasionally, training for other events will also be available on Saturday at the track. Invitations for these events will be sent 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).

* Zoom ID and password will be sent just before the event via the Band App.
^^ Endurance training is usually suited to children in year 9, although some start earlier

Please ask your coach before starting any optional sessions.

Winter Training

Winter training typically starts around the beginning of September.

Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Little Marlow Athletics Track ** core training day **
Wednesday 4:10 - 5:15 pm - Live via the Zoom App - Strength and conditioning (some weeks) *
Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Kingsmead Recreation Ground, High Wycombe - Optional Endurance Training (ask for an invite first)
Saturday 9:30 -11:30 am at Hughenden Park - Fitness & Conditioning (Meet at the entrance to children’s playground on Coates Lane)

Please ask your coach before starting any optional sessions.

Other training information

Find out about your Endurance Coaches for Thursdays

Training at Wycombe Phoenix is all year round, through school holidays too, with typically a month off. There's usually no training the weekends we compete as a club.

Your Commitment to the Club

Membership at WPH provides training to compete during the summer and winter. The club expects athletes at this age to compete in 4+ track & field competitions (April-July) and 3+ cross country competitions (October-February.) Full details are in the membership section under Competition.

If you don’t think cross country is your thing you are welcome to treat races as training sessions instead. Spend time with your friends and ‘train’ at the same time. There are many benefits to be gained from cross country and athletes who have had a good winter typically have a good summer track season.

Athletes will only be asked to compete if they are capable.

Fitness & Conditioning Training at Hughenden

Training at Hughenden is a huge 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, Donna and also Ed, Graeme & Shaun some Saturdays. You'll also see Wycombe Phoenix's Endurance and Sprint squads training
* Drop and collect at the playground (see map)
* Please do not let children walk on their own, leave with their coach
* Bring: Trainers & spikes (if you have them), hand sanitiser, water, inhaler, warm clothing etc
* We train all weather, rain or snow.
* Please notify your coach if you would like to train with us on Saturdays.

Chiltern League Cross Country Competition - Winter

Wycombe Phoenix competes in this set of 5 matches at various locations.

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).

In the past these races have been on Saturdays at the following locations: Shotover Hill (Oxford), Teardrops Lake (Milton Keynes), Stopsley Park (Luton), Keysoe Equestrian Centre, Campbell Park (Milton Keynes).

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

Other Winter Competitions

Athletes can also decide to compete in the following competitions ***
Southern Road Relays (September)
The Southern Cross Country Relays (October)
Bucks AA Cross Country Champs (January)
SEAA Cross Country Champs @ Parliament Hill, London (January)

*** U15 age category, age 13 or 14 on 31Aug (at the start of the winter season)

Competitions and Dates

 

Equipment

To enjoy athletics you will need a pair of trainers and later, a pair of running spikes. To compete for the club you will need a Club Competition Vest (and ensure to have your England Athletics registration number).

Running Spikes

Please bring running spikes to every session and arrive in trainers (it's not essential during trial sessions). When wet or slippery it's not safe to train for some activities like high jump, long jump and javelin without spikes. (Please ask if you would prefer to find some pre-loved spikes from another member)

Spikes for athletics can be bought for all sorts of events, from cross country to sprint, long jump, javelin and long jump. It's suggested to buy multi-use spikes (often sold as cross country shoes) for foundation athletes.

Spikes are usually a whole size bigger than running trainers. They are meant to be a snug fit, but allowing a "thumbs width" in front of the toes is usually good advice, running also make your feet expand!

They usually come with a bag of metal 5mm spikes that screw into the bottom with a spike key. The maximum length of spikes allowed on a track is 6mm, otherwise it will damage the surface. For Cross Country races and training at Hughenden on Saturdays you will probably also need a pack of 9mm spikes.

Where to Buy Spikes Locally

Runners Retreat in Marlow specialise in running shoes and fitting, they offer a 10% discount to WPH members.
Sports Crest in Eden High Wycombe have a few typical brands like Adidas.
Decathlon (also in Eden) usually have a range of more budget spikes.

Socks

Remember to avoid socks made of cotton, which absorb water and causes blisters. Go for synthetic running socks, like Nylon,polyester and merino.

Staying Warm

We will train all weather: rain or snow we will go!
As the temperature drops below 10deg there is no reason to be cold or miss sessions. Layers work well, you might like to consider a base layer "compression top" for athletics/football (found in typical sports shops locally)

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