Youth Development League 2018
Upper Age Groups U17 & U20
The Youth Development League Upper Age Group is an inter-club team competition for U17 and U20 athletes, though U17 athletes can also take part as U20s.
As you probably know five of the clubs within the Avon area (Bristol & West, Mendip, North Somerset, Team Bath, and Yate & District) have joined together to form a composite team called TEAM AVON.
Last season, we were division winners. Our aim this year is to reach the NATIONAL FINAL.
Team Avon will compete against the following teams: Cardiff AC, Cheltenham Harriers, Team DC (Devon & Cornwall), Swansea Harriers, and West Wales.
Athletes must be first claim members of their clubs to be eligible to compete for Team Avon.
The three league matches for 2018 are as follows:
29th APRIL – SWANSEA
27th MAY- CARDIFF
1st July – EXETER
PREMIER MIDLANDS REGIONAL FINAL 29th July – Kip Keino Stadium, Stoke Gifford.
Plus the National Final on 9th September (if we do well enough) and a chance to compete in Europe.
We believe that we can certainly make the area final. We have the athletic talent in Avon to win our division but we must have the commitment of you as athletes and the support of your coaches and parents to prioritise this league over other events. You have to compete in one of the league matches to be considered for the regional and national finals.
TEAM SELECTION: Jim Strudwick (women) & Sandra Woodman (men) select the team two weeks in advance of the competition. The top two ranked athletes are selected to score but there is some opportunity to compete as a guest as well.
It is VITAL that you complete the availability form and return it with your current PBs for your preferred events. We cannot select you if you do not tell us when you are available.
Team selections will be published by email, and athletes are expected to confirm receipt to the Team Managers.
Our first match is at Swansea so we want to get off to a good start. We will travel by coach to Match 1.
Please make sure you return your availability form in good time to be considered for team selection.
We are looking forward to a very successful 2018!
Sandra Woodman (Men’s team manager)
Tel: 01761 415316 or 07745166966
Jim Strudwick (Women’s team manager)
Tel: 0117 9697656 or 07971439703
We are holding our first event of the outdoor season on Saturday 24th March at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex.
Entries are now open, go to the fixtures section and scroll down to find the details or use the click here on the front page under our Sprints and Hurdles entry form.
This is a great opportunity to register a height or distance which will go on ‘power of 10’ and will allow our team managers to see your performances when selecting our teams.
If you are new to competition, being at our home track this is the best way to start your competitive season, surrounded by faces you know. Go on give it a go, we will be on hand should you have any concerns on the day!
Entries for our Sprints and Hurdles Open on Sunday 8th April 2018 are now available.
Click on the link below and enter NOW!
Entries filled up so quickly last year many club members missed out on this popular event.
Entries will be limited again this year so when its Full its Full!
Click on the link and enter now if you intend to!
31st January 2018
You may have recently heard that Yate & District AC coaches Mark Lodge and Phil Lucker have decided to form a new Club. We wish them all the best in their new venture and thank them for all their great contribution to our club over the years.
For our part, following last year’s success in YDL, Midland League and Avon Track and Field, the club is looking forward to a busy and exciting year ahead. Before our track closes for a £800,000 refurbishment, at the end of July we are planning to celebrate our 35 year anniversary.
As well as our usual Sprints and Hurdles competition, Yate AC are also planning a Jumps and Throws Open in March and hosting three other Opens on Wednesday evenings in partnership with Bristol & West AC and Avon AA.
We are actively exploring alternative arrangements for when our track will be out of action. Although this may cause some temporary disruption we will try to minimise this. However, we firmly believe it to be worth it and see it as fundamental in securing the long-term future of the club at YOSC.
This is a tremendously exciting time and we would like to thank our members for their continued support, whether it be coaching, training, officiating, competing, team managing or general assistance, in making Yate & District AC a vibrant and successful community club. Should you wish to get involved we have a number of volunteer opportunities, please contact one of the committee members for more details.
Yate & District Athletic Club
Great news, Hannah Hobbs won Gold in Spain at the international XC at Seville. Hannah won the U20 classification and was second overall! Congratulations to her and her Coach Pat Gallagher what an amazing achievement!
Also listed below are those Yate/Westbury athletes who competed on 20/01/18 in the Avon schools XC @ Blaise, again great results all round well done!
Have we missed anyone?
Seamus Robinson – 2nd
Ceredig Jones – 23rd
Abdi Hasan – 2nd
Bryn Davies – 3rd
James Harrod – 5th
Greg Haywood – 9th
Fred Stewart – 16th
Ben Rawlins – 6th
Aiden Noble – 8th
Ben Whitaker – 9th
Hugh Tarren – 11th
Laura Chance – 4th
Clemmie Lee – 8th
Abbie Woodworth – 10th
Taniya Gosh – 11th
Dalice Jones – 1st
Kate Howard – 2nd
Rosie Hamilton-James – 1st
Rhiannon Paton – 5th
Emily Whitaker – 6th
Charlotte (Lottie) Livesey – 7th
Rosie Allen – 3rd
Phoebe Gould – 6th
In addition to Hannah Hobbs on International duty, there were several of our athletes not running due to injury and illness. Hopefully they will have been put forward for SW XC selection.
The SW XC teams will be published on the Avon Schools web site within the next couple of days.