Foundation (Jeremy)

Important squad announcement

Hughenden Training is on as usual Saturday 21-September 2019 - Foundation and FUNdamental Squads only
(Please do not train if you are competing on Sunday)

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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Assistant Coach - TBA

To be assigned (Can you help? no experience required - contact Jeremy)

For existing members, if you have any squad related queries, please contact: email

About the coaches

Jeremy is a UKA qualified Athletics Coach within the Fundamentals and Foundation squads. Jeremy also enjoys training in the throws squad for Discus and Javelin. Prior to that Jeremy progressed to a 10k distance, competing in the Marlow 7 and for the club in a few Chiltern League Cross Country events.

Our Squad Needs an Assistant on Tuesdays?

If you are able to help during some Tuesday night sessions that would be fantastic? No previous experience required.

Generally, I need help encouraging athletes, getting them organised, timing and setting up equipment. If you can make a few sessions, you'll learn lots of interesting techniques and, if you would like to, join in with coaching.

It's really enjoyable and rewarding.

Training schedule

Summer Training

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 - Optional Endurance Training (to 31 August 2019, restarts from 7 March 2020)

Please ask your coach before starting any optional sessions.

Find out about your Endurance Coaches for Thursday and Saturday during the summer.

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).

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 Multi-Terrain 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

Multi-Terrain 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 9+ on 31-Aug (on the preceding the season) 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 Nick or Nigel (Sprint Coaches) 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.

** To find out if training is cancelled, visit your squad's page on the WPH website or check your Squad's communication method (email etc).

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).

Competitions and Dates