ATHLETICS: Larne AC Junior Academy gets up and running

Young athlete Emily jumps into action at the first night of training at the Larne AC Junior Academy. INLT 19-916-CON

Young athlete Emily jumps into action at the first night of training at the Larne AC Junior Academy. INLT 19-916-CON

It was a proud night for the coaches and committee of Larne Athletic Club on Friday (May 6) as it heralded the inaugural training session of its newly-formed Junior Academy.

Forty-five budding athletes came along to enrol and participate in the session with all getting the opportunity to participate in running, jumping and throwing activities planned out by the club’s Junior Academy coaching team.

“We aim to deliver coaching in the full repertoire of athletics activities for our juniors as recommended by UK Athletics, and we are very proud and delighted to see the fun and enjoyment of the young ones as they threw themselves into the various coaching sessions,” said a club representative.

The coaching team for the Junior Academy is Rhonda Brady, Sammy Drummond and John Neill, all having UKA Athletics Level 2 Certified Athletics Coaching qualifications.

The trio are ably supported by a team of coaching assistants: Julie Allen, Ian Brennan, Geraldine Hastings, Marty McKay and Bert Shaw, who all have UKA Athletics Level 1 Certified Athletics Coaching Assistant badges. Geraldine is also the Designated Child Protection Officer for the Academy.

The club would like to say a big thank-you to Larne High School who have been very supportive and allowed the Academy to host the training sessions at their superb facilities.

County Antrim Harriers

County Antrim Harriers are hosting their annual May Fair 10k Race and 5k Fun Run, on Saturday, May 28 at 10am.

Online registration is open and while all finishers will receive a medal, the first 400 entries will also receive a technical race tee-shirt. For more information, please visit the Clubs website, www.countyantrimharriers.co.uk or the race FaceBook page.