The club is open to children of ages 4 and above to receive athletic coaching and compete in varied suitable events.
Athletics age groups are determined by your child's date of birth. Please see the table below for more details:
|Age Group||Date of Birth From||Date of Birth To|
|Master||All dates up to and including 17/02/1984|
The following is a summary of the different fees that apply when your child becomes a member:
|Welsh Athletics Affiliation Fee||£10 per year, due by April 1st, payable by bank transfer (U11 and above).|
|Annual Membership Fee||£15 per year, payable by bank transfer (all athletes).|
|Training Fees||£10 for 1 weekly session, £16 for 2 weekly sessions or £20 for 3 weekly sessions, payable by monthly standing order (all athletes).|
|Competition Fees||Extra depending on what events your child wants to do.|
When you become a member you get:
Additional to our membership, there is a Welsh Athletics Affiliation fee of £10 which is due by the 1st of April every year. Registering with Welsh Athletics opens up a wide range of competitions and activities organised by the national governing body and also enables the chance to be selected to represent Wales. There are many extra benefits to make sure you get the best out of your Athletics experience which include:
The majority of our training is done at Blackwood Comprehensive School. Please see the times below for your child's age group:
|Monday||Competitive Squad - Endurance U11/13/15/17||6.00-7.00pm|
|Competitive Squad - Sprinting U13/15/17||7.00-8.00pm|
|Tuesday||Competitive Squad - High Jump U13/15/17 (jumpers over 1.25m)||6.00-8.00pm|
|Thursday||Competitive Squad - Hurdles 13/15/17||6.00-7.00pm|
|Multi event group Training Session||6.00-7.00pm|
|U7 Training Session||6.00-7.00pm|
|U9 Training session||6.00-7.00pm|
|U11 Training Session||7.00-8.00pm|
|Competitive Squads - All Disciplines (Except Sprints) upper U11/13/15/17||7.00-8.00pm|
|Non competitive Training Session||7.00-8.00pm|
|Competitive Squad - Sprinting U13/15/17||8.00-9.00pm|
Arrangements should be made for your child to travel to and from training sessions and we also require that a parent, guardian or agreed responsible adult stay onsite in the event of an emergency. In the case of the latter, you need to let us know who this will be.
We also require parents to stay and support at competitions.
The club training kit consists of a red t-shirt, polo shirt and hoodie. They all feature the club badge and are available from Ruggerbug in Ystrad Mynach. Whilst it is not compulsory to wear the RVAC kit to training, we strongly encourage it as it promotes a feeling of unity and team spirit.
Children should wear appropriate running trainers to all sessions. Both Run and Become and Moti in Cardiff can assess your child's needs and recommend the most appropriate type of running shoe. They are reasonable priced and have many junior styles on offer and the 10% discount certainly makes them worth a visit.
The RVAC colours are red, white and blue and the club holds a stock of official RVAC vests for this purpose. Whilst trainers can be worn to competitions, we advise that running spikes are used as they noticebaly improve performance on the track. Spike lengths are 6mm for track and field events and 9mm for cross country.
All members of our coaching team are fully DBS checked and qualified by UK Athletics. Many of them have varied sporting backgrounds and also coach in other areas. Bio's of each coach can be viewed here.
This website, Facebook and Twitter are great ways of keeping in touch and all updates, news and events will be posted to each of these areas. We also use WhatsApp for real-time communication and you would be automatically added to the appropriate group on becoming a member.
If you would like to talk to someone at the club about any of this information or your child’s involvement with the club, please speak to any member of the team or contact us.
Joining is as simple as checking age group availablity and filling out an application form here. If we don't have space right now we'll even add you to our waiting list!