We have put together this page of advice and guidance to help both junior athletes and their parents. If you have any suggestions or feel that there is something that we have missed please let us know.
The following bulleted list gives you some basic advice and guidance to help make your training sessions both enjoyable and successful.
- Please ensure that you dress for the weather conditions. Our training sessions take place both inside and outside and it is important that you don’t get too hot, cold or wet. It is a good idea to wear layers that can be taken off and put back on as necessary. Gloves are particularly important in the winter. Please put your child’s name in their clothing.
- It is important to wear suitable footwear for our training sessions. A good quality pair of training shoes is ideal. Running spikes are encouraged but not essential. If you are considering buying a pair make sure you have a look in our spike box first.
- It is important that you remain hydrated during training so please bring along a water bottle for use during training sessions.
The following bulleted list gives you some basic advice and guidance to help make your competitions both enjoyable and successful.
- Preparation – Make sure you have all of the information you need for the competition well before the competition day.
- Competition date and start time
- Competition venue (address and postcode)
- Timetable with times for your race
- Transport to the venue.
- Clothing and Footwear
- Dress for the weather conditions. You will not perform at your best if you are cold and wet!
- Running Vest (The Wimborne vest is red with a diagonal black stripe, Team Dorset is pale blue and Dorset County is green).
- Safety Pins (for your race number)
- A good quality pair of training shoes is ideal, but running spikes may also be useful depending upon the event that you are entering.
- Drink(s) and Food
You may find it helpful to create a checklist of all the items that you need for a competition. This can be improved over time as you gain more experience. A checklist is a good way to make sure you have everything you need on the competition day and helps with your preparation.