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2017/2018 Under 11 Sportshall Athletics – County and Regional Championships

As the London 2012 Olympics become a distant memory, the excitement of Rio fades and the London 2017 World  Athletics Championships  are forgotten, many of us involved in Sport Development continue to work on keeping the legacy alive.  In our case, it is continuing to do the work that we have done for many years.


Somerset has been competing in the Regional  under 11 Sportshall Athletics Championships for well over 20 years, and have regularly produced great team performances. In Jan 2017, the girls team comprehensively won their competition after several years of finishing second. There is every reason to believe that Somerset can find the next generation of sporting athletes to repeat the success in 2018.



Every year we select 26 individual boys and 26 individual girls from right across the county to make up two representative teams: Somerset Spartans and Somerset Saracens. This is a different event from the one organised by the School Games Organisers - SASP and others, who organise a schools team competition within Somerset.  It is possible for a young athlete to take part in both, but they are entirely different events.


2017/2018 Under 11 Sportshall Athletics Championships/Trials/Training & Regional Championships Information (scroll down):


Under 11 Sportshall Athletics (School Years: 4 [if aged 9 on 28th Jan 2018], 5 & 6):


Athletes may apply to take part in any one of the Area Championship/Trials events (see below) but we are happy for you to select whichever event is most convenient. We will record results from a variety of running, jumping and throwing events. Based on the results we will invite athletes to attend the training events (see below). It is likely that most if not all of the athletes who are invited to the training events will be selected to represent Somerset at the Regional Championships (see below) .


Championships/Trials on Saturday 2nd December 2017 at Yeovil:

1. Yeovil, Bridgwater Area Schools, 11.00am – 1.30pm

2. Taunton, Wellington & Minehead, Schools, 2.00pm – 4.30pm


Venue: Yeovil College Sport Centre, Ilchester Rd, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 4DR. Click for map>>


To apply for a place please complete the online application form by clicking here>>


Final information:

The post code for Yeovil College is BA21 4DR.  Please be aware that the Sportshall is just on the left hand side of the entrance from the A37, the Ilchester Road (before the roundabout at the bottom of the hill), parking is limited in this area but there ought to be enough. Note that we have split the day into two in order to make it more manageable and some of you will be attending the morning session from 11.00am - 1.30pm or the afternoon session from 2.00pm - 4.30pm. Athletes attending
the morning session should arrive no later than 10.45am and those attending the afternoon session no later than 1.45pm. There are two viewing areas where you can watch if you wish to stay.

On arrival each athlete will need to be registered, given a number (& pins) before the start, and we will collect the £6.00 entry fee at the same time - cash (correct amount please) or cheque made payable to "The Academy of Combined Events". If you wish to pay electronically please contact us for our bank details and note that payment must be received no later than Friday 1
st December, the day before the Trials/Championship Event.


We have not collected any information about any particular needs your athlete may have, or about any medication they require. So let us know anything relevant when you register and also ensure they bring anything they require, such as inhalers.


Please ensure that your athlete is wearing ‘typical’ PE kit – shorts and tee shirt and is also wearing a pair of trainers but bring something warm as sportshalls can often be quite cold.  They will need to bring a drink (no fizzy drinks please) in a bottle with a sports top (not a screw lid), we don’t want to spend time mopping up spilt drinks!  Two and a half hours is quite a long time, so a banana or snack bar or two would help.


The event will be very friendly towards children and everything will be explained on the day.  We will collect a significant amount of performance scores for all running, jumping and throwing events. This will help us decide who to select for the training days on the 13th & 20th January 2018. We will aim to contact you on or around the 18th December to let you know if your athlete has been selected for the training events in January.


Those of you who attended last year will know how busy the event is and we have to make the most of the effort that everyone has made to travel to the venue. We would be very grateful for some volunteers who are willing to assist the coaches, who will be running the events, to measure and record jumps, throws and races.


We would also be grateful for any volunteers who are willing to enter data onto a spread sheet.


If you are willing to help out please let us know by email asap indicating morning or afternoon at Yeovil, and any preferences. Any offers of help will be gratefully received and we can plan accordingly.


We look forward to seeing you all on 2 December, meanwhile if you have any questions please do not hesitate to be in touch.


Championships/Trials on Sunday 10th December 2017 at Wells:


Mendip Area Schools, 11.00am - 1.30pm.


Venue: Wells Cathedral School, The Liberty, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2ST. Click for map>>


To apply for a place please complete the online application form by
clicking here>>


Final information:


The post code for Wells Cathedral School is BA5 2ST (click for map). Access to the sportshall is via College Road, which can be found about two thirds of the way along "The Liberty" travelling away from the City centre. Look for the gates on the right hand side, walk along the cobbled road, round to the right and you'll see the sportshall on your left. The entrance is at the far end on the left. Alternatively, from the Bristol Hill/Bristol Road end of College Road, walk down College Road and carry straight on where the road bears left. Look for the gates on the left hand side, walk along the cobbled road, round to the right and you'll see the sportshall on your left. The entrance is at the far end on the left. You are welcome to stay and watch but there is no seating.


Parking: car parking spaces will be available in the Junior School playground: between building  1 and 2 on the map (see link above). This is approached by driving down The Liberty from New Street and turning left. There will be sign just in the entrance.


If this is full, limited car parking is also available in the Stables Yard, between building 20 and 22 on the map. Carry on past the entrance to the Junior School playground and after 50m, turn left into the one way section of College Road. Turn right into the Yard after 50m.


Alternatively if you have any problems or you wish to park elsewhere, Wells has a number of pay and display car parks of which the Waitrose one may be the best option. Note that some car parks have a 3 hour maximum stay so please check.


Athletes should aim to arrive no later than 10.45am.

On arrival each athlete will need to be registered, given a number (& pins) before the start, and we will collect the £6.00 entry fee at the same time - cash (correct amount please) or cheque made payable to "The Academy of Combined Events". If you wish
to pay electronically please contact us for our bank details and note that payment must be received no later than Friday 8
th December, two days before the Trials/Championship Event.


We have not collected any information about any particular needs your athlete may have, or about any medication they require. So let us know anything relevant when you register and also ensure they bring anything they require, such as inhalers.


Please ensure that your athlete is wearing ‘typical’ PE kit – shorts and tee shirt and is also wearing a pair of trainers but bring something warm as sportshalls can often be quite cold.  They will need to bring a drink (no fizzy drinks please) in a bottle with a sports top (not a screw lid), we don’t want to spend time mopping up spilt drinks!  Two and a half hours is quite a long time, so a banana or snack bar or two would help.


The event will be very friendly towards children and everything will be explained on the day.  We will collect a significant amount of performance scores for all running, jumping and throwing events. This will help us decide who to select for the training days on the 13th & 20th January 2018. We will aim to contact you on or around the 18th December to let you know if your athlete has been selected for the training events in January.


Those of you who attended last year will know how busy the event is and we have to make the most of the effort that everyone has made to travel to the venue. We would be very grateful for some volunteers who are willing to assist the coaches, who will be running the events, to measure and record jumps, throws and races.


We would also be grateful for any volunteers who are willing to enter data onto a spread sheet.


If you are willing to help out please let us know by email asap indicating any preferences. Any offers of help will be gratefully received and we can plan accordingly.


We look forward to seeing you all on 10 December, meanwhile if you have any questions please do not hesitate to be in touch.


Those who are successful will be invited to the Sportshal Athletics Training events on:


Saturday 13th January 2017 & Saturday 20th January 2018, 11.00am to 1.30pm.


Venue: Yeovil College Sport Centre, Ilchester Rd, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4DR. Click for map>>


Final information: Will follow nearer the day.


Regional Fun in Athletics Final/Regional Sportshall Athletics Finals:


Sunday 28th January 2018, 11.30 – 3.30pm.


Venue: Wellsway Sports Centre, Wellsway School, Chandag Road, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1PH. Click for map>>


Final information:  Will follow nearer the day.  Progamme: 2017 version>>


For more information on Sportshall Athletics please visit the “SportshallAthletics” website:


http://www.sportshall.org/home/about-sportshall


For more information on ACE or Sportshall Athletics Opportunities offered by ACE, please Contact Us>>


Sportshall reports from previous years:


2014 - under 11. More>>
2014 - under 13. More>>
2015 - under 11. More>>

2016 - under 11. More>>

2017 - under 11. More>>