Foundation RC

Important squad announcement

If you have spikes, please bring to every session.

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

Middle Distance - RC 250 x 250

Richard Claessens

UKA qualified Athletics Coach & Endurance Event Group Coach

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Jeremy Mitchell

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

Richard is a UKA qualified Athletics Coach and has also qualified as an Event Group Coach for Endurance.

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

Training schedule

Summer Training

Tuesday 7:00-8:30 pm at Little Marlow Athletics Track
Thursday 7:00-8:30 pm at Little Marlow Athletics Track (from 4-April-2019)
Saturday 9:30-11:30 am at Little Marlow Athletics Track (from 2-March-2019)

Winter Training

Tuesday 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Little Marlow Track
Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Kingsmead Recreation Ground, High Wycombe
Saturday 9:30 -11:30 am at Hughenden Park. Meet at the entrance to children’s playground on Coates Lane.

Other training information

NOTE: Our squad’s summer training schedule usually runs from around mid March to early September. Exact dates will be communicated to squad members nearer the time. If uncertain, please check with Richard.