Juniors Training at GSAL 2021

This page now shows bookings for juniors on 13 April and allocation of parents to lead groups, lead activities or assist with activities.

Note that ALL parents have been allocated a job, so please read through the sections for Activity Leaders and Assistants.

Please read all of this document, especially the introduction, before scanning down to find when you’re coming and what you’ll be doing


If there are circumstances that cause us to have to cancel the session, a message will be posted here by Tuesday 3pm to confirm or otherwise, If we can’t use GSAL, we may go to Leos, with the same timeslots and same groups.

Assuming we are at GSAL …

  • There are two timeslots (5pm and 6pm)
  • There are four groups each with 8 or 9 junior athletes (only 3 groups at 6pm on Tuesday 13th)
  • There are 4 activities – sprinting, long jumping, laps and shot putting
  • The timetable allows for 10 minutes to meet and warm up, then 10 minutes on each activity
  • There are 8 parents who will be group leaders – they will collect their group together and be responsible for them being in the right place for the rest of the evening
  • There are 8 parents / volunteers who will be activity leaders – they will manage the activities
  • Most of the rest of the parents INCLUDING THOSE WHO SAID THEY WEREN’T ABLE TO HELP are listed to assist with the activities, e.g.
    • sprinting – starting, judging 1-2-3, timekeeping
    • long-jumping – marking landing point, raking the sand
    • laps – timing, running (including back-marker)
    • shot – safety

All those assisting will be briefed with what to do. None of it is technical (the most technical job is to recording 3 times on a phone) and no athletics ability is required except for some of those helping on laps

It is possible that someone from the GSAL staff will come and observe the session. It is therefore vital that you tell your children to always follow the instructions of their group leader and always stay within their group. The situation at Leos on 30 March where 2 juniors wandered off between activities to get their water bottles and then walked across another activity must not happen again.


You MUST confirm your booking either by comment on the Facebook post or email juniors@valleystriders.org.uk before Monday 5pm (and preferably by Sunday evening)

If you have any queries, please comment on the Facebook post or email juniors@valleystriders.org.uk

If you need to cancel, please comment on the Facebook post or text 07775 898 558 (don’t use email)


The juniors plan to train at Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) athletics track alternate Tuesday evenings from April to September 2021, starting Tuesday 6 April.

NB 13 April is the replacement date after we cancelled on 6th. We will next be at GSAL on 20 April and every two weeks thereafter

There will be two timeslots, normally 6:15pm-7:10pm and 7:15pm-8:10pm, but on 6 April these will be at 5pm-5:50pm and 6pm-6:50pm

We will have 4 groups for each timeslot, with 8 or 9 junior members per group.


There will be 4 activities

  • Sprinting
  • Long jumping. Youngest children will do standing long jump (take off on 2 feet), older ones will do normal long jump (run up and take off on one foot) 
  • Endurance running (laps of the track)
  • Shot putting. Youngest children will “put” tennis balls, older children will “put” boules (each weighs about 800gm which is less than half the weight an 8 year old would use in competition) to practice technique.
  • We may do shuttle relays as an alternative to one of the above four

You can see videos of how to do long jumping and shot putting

Each group will spend 10 minutes on each activity.

We will have a group leader to look after each group (as we do at Leos), and they will receive the children at the designated meeting point when they arrive, move them between activities and be responsible for social distancing and safety.

We’ll also have an activity leader to look after each activity for the whole timeslot and some activity assistants to help the leader

  • for the sprints, we’ll have a starter (who will also be the leader), a false start judge, a timekeeper and finish line recorder.
  • for the long jump, we’ll have a runway checker, a take-off judge (who will also be the leader), someone to record where the jumper landed and 2 rakers.
  • for the laps, a starter (who will also be the leader) and a timekeeper, also hopefully a couple of parents to run including one to be back-marker.
  • for the shot, a technique judge (who will also be the leader) and an assistant to look out for safety.


In school holidays (e.g. 6 April) you should arrive 5 to 10 minutes before your session timeslot is due to start. You must park in the Staff Car Park.

In term time (e.g. 20 April) you must not arrive on site before 5:50pm. In previous years you’ve been allowed to park in the visitors car park but under GSAL CoVid rules, those attending external activities are prohibited from site until 5:50pm.

For all sessions, you must park in the Staff Car Park.

From the roundabout on the A61, go down the main drive and turn left at the barrier. The barrier will go up automatically when you press the button. It won’t go up before 5:50pm in term time (go away and come back later), but will go up at all times in the school holidays. If the barrier doesn’t go up, press the buzzer.

NB don’t try to tail gate after another car through the barrier. It comes down quickly. I saw someone try it a couple of years ago and it resulted in a damaged car and a damaged barrier,

Having parked, make your way to the track and find your meeting point.

Children must not warm up / play on the track, nor in the long jump area. They may warm up on the grass round the outside of the track but must obey social distancing while doing this (parent’s responsibility)


For parents

  • Only park in the designated staff car park
  • Take care when walking from the car park to the athletics track, there is traffic e.g. buses turning round at the roundabout and maintenance vehicles near the track
  • On arrival at the meeting point, please leave your child with the group leader
  • Group leaders will remain with their group for the duration of the session. If they feel they need to wear masks they should do so
  • Activity leaders and assistants will remain with their activity for the duration of the session. If they feel they need to wear masks they should do so
  • Parents not allocated to a group or activity must stay by the side of the track while activities are taking place in case your child needs attention
  • Parents not allocated to a group or activity must stay at least 5 metres away from all activities unless requested to attend to their child and must practice social distancing and grouping according to current government rules
  • NB Dogs are not allowed anywhere on the GSAL site

For children

  • Obey social distancing at all times
  • Do not touch any equipment
  • Follow your group leader’s instructions to move between activities
  • Follow your activity leaders’ instructions when taking part in activities
  • Do not cross the track except when instructed to do so
  • Do not scuff the track or track markings (we want to keep it in best condition). A warning will be issued if this is done deliberately


Click here http://valleystriders.org.uk/new/names-for-13-april-2021-at-gsal


If you’ve not filled in the Survey and you want to attend on 20 April (GSAL) you must fill in the survey below by Wednesday 14 April 6pm.

This survey covers 2 training sessions at Leos and 2 at GSAL

  • which dates you are available?
  • which of the timeslots are feasible for you and which do you prefer

We now have 80 juniors who have taken part in at least one session since lockdown. If we can fill all 25 places on the “afternoon” timeslot then we can always fit nearly everyone in!.

if your child’s surname is A to L, please click this link


if your child’s surname is M to Z, please click this link