At Waverley AC, we encourage our athletes to participate in competitions throughout the year and there are a wide-variety of competitions for the athletes to take part in.
In the summer months, we compete in the Wessex Young Athletes League and for our older athletes the Youth Development League. The Leagues are great opportunities for our athletes to compete individually and as a team, as all scoring results are combined to determine the overall team score.
The Wessex League is open to our U11 to U17 athletes and takes part over 4 matches in the summer months. The league includes about 24 athletics clubs across the South of England. The U11s take part in a QuadKids competition, competing in 4 events – 75m, 600m, long jump and vortex / howler throw. The U13+ athletes can compete in up to 3 events and a relay (if numbers allow) during the day.
The Youth Development League is open to our older athletes in the U17 and U20 age categories and again involves 4 matches over the summer months. Clubs can be promoted and relegated within the league depending on their season’s results.
Various clubs host open meetings throughout the year. These events are generally open to athletes from any club and are a good opportunity for our athletes to compete against other athletes and to try out new events or to work on their personal bests.
Regular open meetings include:
Aldershot – June, July and August
Winchester – April, May, July, September
Bracknell – last Saturday in March
SLAN (Indoor series) – December and January
Keep an eye on the Events page for details of up and coming open meetings.
There are also a number of championship events over the course of the year in which the athletes can compete.
County Championships usually take place over 2 days in May and is an opportunity for our athletes to compete against other athletes in their respective home county (most commonly Surrey). Medals are awarded to the top 3 athletes in each event and, depending on results over the course of the season, can result in the top athletes being selected to represent their county at the Inter-counties competition in September.
In addition, there are regional (SEAA) championships and UK championships usually held in August. Entry to the UK championships is subject to minimum entry standards.
There are also county, regional and UK indoor championships over the winter months.
The Schools Pathway
Through their schools, our athletes may have further opportunities to compete. As well as school sports days and district sports, some schools enter the ESAA Track and Field Cup, where school teams compete against other schools in their district, with the opportunity to progress to the national final.
In addition, there are individual opportunities to compete in English School Athletics Association (ESAA) events. Typically, these start at district trials with the top athletes being selected to represent their district at the Schools’ County Championships. The top 2 athletes in each event may be selected to represent their county at the Schools’ Inter-Counties Championships. Subject to minimum entry standards, athletes may also be selected to represent their county at the ESAA national championships, the pinnacle athletics event for young athletes. For the U17s that win their ESAA events, there is then the opportunity to represent their country at SIAB competitions.