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2018/2019 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 has 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 2019.

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.

2018/2019 Under 11 Sportshall Athletics Championships/Trials/Training & Regional Championships Information  and report (scroll down):

Under 11 Sportshall Athletics (School Years: 4 [if aged 9 on 27th Jan 2019], 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 - information below. Final information for the day can be found here>> and a map of the Wells Cathedral School Site here>>:

1. Mendip Area Schools:

Date: Sunday 25th November 2018, 10.00am - 12.30pm

Venue: Wells Cathedral School, 15 The Liberty, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2ST
. Click for map>>

To apply for a place please complete the online application form by clicking here>>  **ENTRIES NOW CLOSED**

2. Yeovil, Taunton, Wellington, Bridgwater Area Schools:

Sunday 9th December 2018, 10.00am to 12.30pm & 1.00pm - 3.30pm.

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

Championships & Trials entry fee - £6.00 payable on the day.

To apply for a place please complete the online application form by clicking here>>  **ENTRIES NOW CLOSED**

Click here for poster>>

Selected athletes have now been invited to attend the Sportshall Athletics training events that will take place on:

Sunday 16th December 2018, Sunday 13th January 2019 & Sunday 20th January 2019, 10.00am to 12.30pm.

Training fee £6.00/session payable on the day.

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

Training on Sunday 16th December 2018. Final details>>

Training on Sunday 13th January 2019. Final details>>

Training on Sunday 20th January 2019. Final details>>

Regional Fun in Athletics Final/Regional Sportshall Athletics Finals:

Date: Sunday 27th January 2019, 11.30 – 3.30pm. Please arrive for Registration between 11.30 & 11.45am.

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

Entry Fee: £3.00 (subsidised) payable on the day.

Final Details>>

Event Welfare Plan: Click here>>

Progamme for 2019: Click here>>

Report on the 2019 Regional Fun in Athletics Final/Regional Sportshall Athletics Finals:

Many, many congratulations to all 3 Somerset Teams for a fantastic competition, fought with such enthusiasm and determination!

Well done to the boys Somerset Spartans on winning the final - awesome!!

A brief report follows. Further details of performances will be added in due course:

Following on from tough rounds of area championships and selection trials, 3 strong teams of young athletes headed up to Bristol on the 27th Jan 2019 for the Annual Regional Championships of the Fun in Athletics Sportshall Competition.

Somerset has a strong track record in this event over recent years and the teams were looking to take on their old adversaries from Avon and Gloucestershire who narrowly beat them into second place last year.  The 40 athletes had all been through an extensive but enjoyable period of training and had acquired additional skills across a wide range of running, jumping, throwing, agility and balance events, so expectations were as high as they are every year.  

The teams got off to a flying start with the Spartan boys, managed by Tottie Taylor of Mendip Athletics Club, winning the first obstacle relay and then winning 4 more out of the remaining 7 relays. The girls also showed their intent narrowly finishing second in the same race, before winning the pairs 2 lap race, and coming second in two of the remaining races.

The Spartan boys also performed well in the field events, with Fox Temperley von Beningson winning both the Balance Test and the Standing Long Jump, and Tom Crowter winning the Standing Triple Jump with a jump just short of 6.00m.  Many other performances came in with 2nd or 3rd places boosting the team’s overall average score and which lead to them winning the event outright by 8 points!

The Saracen boys, managed by Steve Njie of Mendip Athletics Club, where many of the athletes were a year younger, also achieved many creditable results and helped their Spartan team mates in the process.

The Spartan girls, missing one of their strongest competitors through injury, battled hard all afternoon where on occasions they had unlucky incidents that cost them points.  Under the watchful eye of Team Manager Madison Lewis, a year 9 student leader from Wells Cathedral School, they managed to achieve strong points across all the various events with Kayleigh Spiers and Amelia Snell coming joint first in the Javelin. Kayleigh Spiers also came second in the Standing Triple Jump.

Simon De-Wilton, Assistant Headteacher from Wellsprings Primary School who was supporting athletes at the event said “It was great to see the hard work and preparation for the competition pay off with Somerset children working so hard in their teams and performing so well.”

A full set of results can be found by clicking here>>

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

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>>

2018 - under 11. More>>