Vale club puts schoolchildren on track with athletic skills

Satellite club.
Satellite club.

Vale of Aylesbury AC have launched a satellite club for students at Henry Floyd Grammar School to encourage them to meet their athletics potential.

Teenagers at Vale of Aylesbury AC have enjoyed success at local, national and international level over the past few years, and the club is keen to encourage more youngsters to develop their skills in track and field along with cross country.

Club chairman Graham Gormanand president 
Peter Hoare have been in discussion with the Aylesbury school and and have launched a Satellite Club for pupils on Thursday afternoons after school.

Teachers Pam Taylor and James Burge have been 
instrumental in getting 
the project underway with them, and are enthusiastic about the possibilities for the children.

Mrs Taylor said: “The satellite club link with Aylesbury Vale Athletic Club has been really well received by both staff and students with 40-plus 
students attending on a weekly basis.

“It is inspiring for all 
and allows those who 
would not normally be 
able to attend a club to gain 
the experience of well qualified and knowledgeable coaches.

“They really enjoy it!”

One of the year 10 
students who has joined 
the club said: “It’s helped 
us improve our fitness and skill. Bring on district athletics!”

Another obviously works hard each week as they said “I’m hungry after every session!” which is good news.

Mr Gorman said: “We know from seeing youngsters training at the club that athletics is unique; it caters for so many types of people.

“Many assume that if they can’t run then athletics isn’t for them.

“This isn’t the case, the field events are just as important and a completely different set of skills.

“We want youngsters to have the opportunity to try things and hopefully find that they either really enjoy their events or have an ability they would like to develop.”

Coaches from Vale will be working on sprints, hurdles and endurance events.

The satellite club is running through term times up to the summer holidays and then throughout the 2015/16 academic year.