For the younger athletes we have the YDL (Youth Development League) for U13 and U15 athletes, which is aimed at giving them experience in competitions with their peers.
We compete as part of a team called Notts Lincs Alliance, a composite team, joining us, Bourne, Sleaford and Newark athletes.
U13 Competitors must be aged 11 or 12 and U15 athletes must be aged 13 or 14 on the 31st August in the competition year. Athletes can compete in a maximum of three events plus a relay. They can run either the 800m or the 1200/1500m but not both at the same meeting.
There is a YDL sign-up sheet on the notice board in the stadium. Just add name, select three events plus a relay, along with the dates for which they’re available. If athletes have any worries, or questions about competing, particularly if they’re first timers, please seek out coach Jo McGrath, who is happy to chat to them.
- 21st April Derby
- 19th May Grantham
- 17th June Sutton
Although every effort is made to ensure that athletes get to compete in the events of their choice, this can be affected by the number signing up for each event. Once the team is selected, Jo will communicate direct with athlete’s parents and brief them on what to expect, travel arrangements and how to prepare their kids. She also sends out timetables and is the team manager on the day ensuring athletes get to their events on time are happy, have their numbers on and, most importantly enjoy the day.
Each athlete pays £5 on the day to compete.