Junior Athletics

Junior Athletics

Welcome to our BRAT junior athletics page. We are a friendly and highly competitive club and it is our aim to maximise the potential of all our junior athletes in a safe, welcoming and positive environment. Please read all of the information below, and use the contact details at the bottom of the page if you are interested in pursuing athletics and being part of one of the greatest clubs in the area.

If you are interested in joining, please read below and complete this application form.

Please do not attend any sessions without prior contact as we operate a waiting list system. Any question can be directed to: bratjuniorathletics@gmail.com

Ethos

BRAT club enters competitions to compete with the best clubs, with the best athletes all over the country. There is no doubt that we are a friendly and welcoming club, but we strive to be the best that we can be. It is an honour to represent BRAT, and as athletes, you should be giving your all so that you are selected to have the privilege of wearing the BRAT club vest.

What does that mean for you, as parents / athletes? What this means is that we have an expectation for commitment to competition and commitment to training. Our dedicated and experienced coaching team are only permitted (and indeed only have time) to coach a specific number of athletes. If athletes are not committed to both training and competing for BRAT, we may need to politely ask you to step aside to make way for others that are!

The fixtures for league matches are typically provided several months in advance, and we expect all our junior team to compete in all matches except where unavoidable circumstances prevent doing so. This applies to track & field, cross country and sportshall.

Competing for the club

It is the expectation of the club that you take part in regular competition throughout the year.

Read here for a full explanation of the various types of competition.

For fixtures, see league here, championships here and open meetings here.

Parental Responsibility

BRAT club is run entirely by volunteers. The volunteers give their valuable time in order to support the club and the sport as a whole. The activities carried out by the volunteers may be easily visible (coaching for example), but there is so much that goes on behind the scene. The wider our volunteer base is, the better we can make the club.

With that in mind, we actively encourage parents to:

1: Get involved with coaching. BRAT club is happy to support sending people on coaching courses. It isn’t a daunting task, and you will be fully supported by the experienced coaches at the club whilst you learn.

2: Become a ‘parent volunteer’. This may be as simple as grabbing a rake and raking the sandpit at training, setting out cones around the track…or even getting involved in team leading at competitions. 

3: Get an ‘officiating’ qualification. At league matches, we are awarded points based on the number of officials we are able to provide.

These opportunities would genuinely make a huge difference to the club, e-mail bratjuniorathletics@gmail.com or simply grab one of the existing coaches, we’d love you to get involved!

Junior athletes collage

Brat junior academy

Lower academy

The lower junior academy is open to children aged 8-10 (school years 4 – 5) and is the gateway to attending regular specialised training sessions provided by the club. The lower junior academy works on essential core skills for children in sport, in an athletics context, delivered by qualified coaches. 

The young athletes will be exposed to a range of athletics events and will be expected to compete in athletics competitions throughout the year. At this early stage in the athlete’s journey we will stress the importance of trying out as many athletics disciplines as possible, both in training and in competition. Focus on specific events will come later, in the higher academy, as the athlete develops.

Venue: University of Birmingham athletics track (B15 2RT)
Day & Time: Sunday 10:30am – 12:00am & Thursday 6:30 – 7:30

In order to maintain suitable group sizes, we operate a waiting list system and periodically invite groups of new starters for trial periods in the junior academy. The trial period lasts 4 sessions and the athletes are expected to attend at least 3 of these sessions (unless prevented by exceptional circumstances). Upon successful completion of the trial period, you will be invited to join the club as a full member.

Higher academy

The higher junior academy is open to children aged 10+ (school years 6+) and is the gateway to the senior team. The higher junior academy differs from the lower academy in that the athletes will be more event focussed and will attend sessions to work on their chosen events. Similar to the lower academy, we can only accept children that are dedicated to training and competition. Upon joining the higher academy, the athlete will be placed on a trial period of 4 weeks, in which the coaches will assess their ability and provide recommendations on which disciplines are best suited to the athlete’s abilities. Upon successful completion of the trial period, you will be invited to join the club as a full member.

Sprints/Hurdles

Venue: University of Birmingham athletics track (B15 2RT)
Day & Time: Sunday 10:00am – 12:00 & Tuesday / Thursday 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Jumps

Venue: University of Birmingham athletics track (B15 2RT)
Day & Time: Sunday 10:30am – 12:00 & Tuesday 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Throws

Venue: University of Birmingham athletics track (B15 2RT)
Day & Time: TBC

Endurance

Venue: University of Birmingham athletics track (B15 2RT)
Day & Time: Tuesday & Thursday 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Juniors Indoors

The brat junior team

Junior  Co-ordinator

Colin Bailey

Name: Colin Bailey

Role: BRAT Junior Coordinator / HoE League Team Manager / Coach (Varied events / across all age groups) 

Bio: I am responsible for the BRAT junior team as a whole and I am held to account by the BRAT executive team. This means that I must ensure that our junior athletes are able to achieve their full potential in a safe and organised environment. 

I am involved in coaching the BRAT juniors and I bring a wealth of athletics experience and have a genuine passion for the sport. I competed as a decathlete in my years as a senior, but I began running cross-country and middle distance on the track as a 9 year old. In the years between, I won many county, regional and national medals in combined events and individual events alike. I strongly encourage all junior athletes to get involved with as many athletics disciplines as they can, especially in their younger years.r 

Under 11 Group Coaches

James Colclough

Name: James Colclough

Role: Coach (U11)

Bio: I am a qualified Assistant Coach, supporting Colin and the team to develop our younger athletes. I have been involved in athletics and x-country for over 30 years. Over this time I have focussed on developing knowledge of the sprints, power events and 400m running attending international seminars and UK Athletics events.

As a junior athlete I competed in many national schools x-country and track & field events, finishing in the top 10 at the longer distance and winning the Midland x-country league. I dropped to 400m running from 800m where I’d won a national indoor title and then finished 5th at English Schools. I went on to train at Loughborough University, Nottingham University and with Woodford Green in London gaining experience from international coaches and athletes. Now as a Masters athlete, I have competed in the World Masters in 2015.

Name: Lucette Gargett

Role: Coach (U11)

Bio:

Name: Cat Bone

Role: Coach (U11 / U13)

Bio: I’ve been a member of BRAT for 17 years and participated in many triathlon and cross country events over that time, triathlon racing at all distances up to and including ironman. And I have a real enthusiasm for getting kids involved in athletics and running from a young age because I know how much it helps both physical and mental wellbeing.

Name: Matt Stevens

Role: Parent volunteer (U11)

Bio: We’ve been part of BRAT since my eldest daughter joined in 2018 and my youngest daughter is now also one of the Juniors. I assist with the U11s on a Sunday as they are taught the basics, but just as importantly, have fun at the same time. 

Under 13 Group Coaches

Name: Ian Emery

Role: Coach (U13)

Bio: I am involved in coaching the higher junior academy.  I competed for the senior team between 2004 and 2012 in a range of different events, including 400m hurdles, LJ and pole vault.  I hope to use this experience to help the younger athletes develop and more importantly enjoy athletics!

Name: Brendan MacLean

Role: Coach (U13)

Bio: As a youth, Brendan ran middle and long distance at school. When his daughter started running a couple of years ago, he renewed his interest and became an assistant coach during the summer of 2021.

Brendan works as a teaching assistant alongside children with additional needs in an inner city primary school. Outside work he plays guitar in a couple of local bands.

Name: Kevin Rendell

Role: Parent volunteer assistant (U13)

Bio:

Endurance Specialist Coaches

Nick Price

Name: Nick Price

Role: Cross country team manager / Lead Endurance Coach

Bio: Level 3 UKA Performance Coach (Endurance)

Level 3 Official (Endurance)

Nick started coaching junior athletes in 1997 from club level up to the European Junior Championships.  He has been involved in endurance sport for over 48 years;  competing in athletics, cross country, road racing, triathlons and cycle time trials.  

In setting his BRAT club marathon record in London 1990 (a record that this stands!), a imperious time of 2:19.42, Nick obtained an England vest. Prior to that, Nick set a then British record in the Roth Avia Ironman Challenge in 1998 with a time of 9:18:49.

Steve Hewitt

Name: Steve Hewett

Role: Coach

Bio: UKA level 3 Performance Coach (endurance)

UKA level 2 Track Judge

I assist with coaching the junior middle distance group on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, targeting cross country competition and track and field.  I also officiate at the junior and senior track and field league meetings. 

Steve was involved in the club for many years as an athlete and has been a part in many successful club teams. Steve appears in many of the club’s ranking lists, including the 5 mile road rankings, where he holds the club record for the M35, M40, M45 & M50 age categories.

Name: Dan Dalmedo

Role: Coach / XC Schools Team Manager

Bio: I am a UKA qualified assistant coach and leader in running fitness. Along side coaching I am the head of PE at a local school in Birmingham and also a team manager for the West Midland School County cross country and track and field teams.

I have been involved in athletics since I was at school and I still continue to compete and train. I am extremely passionate about getting young people involved in athletics and developing them as athletes and young people.

During my time as a competitive athlete cross country was my favourite event, some of my running highlight have been finishing 3rd senior man at the South of England championships over 9ml at Parliament Hill, getting second team at the national cross country championships and finally winning the National 6 stage road relays.
I have personal bests of; 800- 1.55, 1500- 3.51, 3k- 8.20, 5k- 14.26, 10k road- 30.08 and half marathon 68.28

Name: Francis Longworth

Role: Coach

Bio

Sprints/hurdles SPECIALIST COACHES

Gordon Ainsley

Name: Gordon Ainsley

Role: Coach

Bio: UKA level 3 performance coach(hurdles), level 2 coach (sprints and horizontal jumps).

UKA level 4 field official, level 2 track judge and timekeeper. 

I was an active athlete specialising in hurdles, but started coaching in 1980 following an injury. I specialise in coaching sprint and 300/400m hurdles to all appropriate age groups, with the aim of assisting athletes to achieve their full potential right up to international level. I also coach sprints up to 400m and horizontal jumps.

I have been a qualified technical official since 1990 and a national technical official since 2010. |I support the club at all league meetings as well as county and regional level meetings. I have attended Commonwealth, World and Olympic Games.

SPRINTS/Long Jump SPECIALIST COACHES

mike

Name: Mike Plummer 

Role: Coach

Bio: UKA level 3 performance coach (Sprint),  Level 2 coach (sprints and horizontal jumps) Level 2 (Strengths & Conditions).

I started to coaching junior athletes from 1992. When on to develop and Coach English Schools Medallists, Great Britain under 20s & under 23s and relay team members.

Like many it started at School. I was encouraged by my PE teacher to go along to a local competition. And later on I made the final for English Schools. It became a upward curve for me. Reaching the finals at the British trials, in the European, commonwealth trials. Ending up representing GBR Masters at the European.

Jumps SPECIALIST COACHES

Nigel Clegg

Name: Nigel Clegg

Role: BRAT senior team manager/Coach/Official

Bio: I’m responsible for the BRAT senior track & field team who participate in the Midland senior league.

I particularly enjoy working with the younger athletes in the club and seeing them come through to the senior ranks. I’ve played competitive sport since the age of 9 including cricket, football, golf and athletics – I just love sport!

Throws

Name: 

Role: Coach

Bio:

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Safeguarding

Please refer to the follow for details of our coaching team’s relevant details: 

https://www.englandathletics.org/clubs-and-facilities/club-support-services/club-welfare/safeguarding-checks-and-dbs-processes/ or e-mail us here: welfare@bratclub.co.uk

Contact

E-mail us at: bratjuniorathletics@gmail.com for further information. If you are interested in joining, please complete this application form.