Kestrel Club Information

So, what does the Kestrel Club do? There are several initiatives that the club puts on for its athletes, and there are many prizes up for grabs for everyone in each group.

Please select a group: Tuesday 17.00-18.15, Tuesday 18.30-19.45,
Thursday 17.00-18.15, Sunday 9.30 - 10.45, Sunday 11.00 - 12.15

General Information can be found here

Tuesday 17.00-18.15


Format

This session is for those in Year 4 - Year 11 at school. At the start of each session, the group is split into Year 4/5, Year 6/7 and Year 8+, so Kestrels will always be able to train with their friends and children of their own age.

Events

These are the disciplines that the Kestrel Club puts on – these are put on a rota, so events will change from week to week. Generally, we will do one Sprint session, one Endurance session and one Field Event each week.

  • Sprints (e.g. 3 x 50m, 2 x 150m)
  • Endurance Running (600m - 1500m)
  • High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Pole vault
  • Shot Put, Discus, Hammer, Javelin

Kestrel Challenges

On the last Tuesday and Sunday of each month, we have a Kestrel Challenge day, in which we time everyone’s races and measure each person’s jump or throw. These results are then put onto our system, and there is a chance to win badges – a great way to show off your abilities!

Each Kestrel Challenge involves one Sprint event, one Endurance event, and one Field event, so there is a chance for everybody to give their favourite events a go!

Note: At the moment, Kestrel Challenges only take place during the Tuesday 17.00 and Sunday groups. We are looking at introducing them to the other sessions soon.

Badges

The purpose of the Kestrel Challenge, other than seeing exactly how good you are at a certain event, is to win badges! There are 4 levels to the badges that you can win – Green, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

We have also split the track and field disciplines into 4 event groups – Sprints (100, 200, 300, 400m), Endurance (600, 800, 1200, 1500m), Jumps (High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump), and Throws (Shot Put, Discus, Hammer, Javelin). In order to win a badge, an athlete must achieve two standards in one event group – i.e. you must get a Silver standard in the 200m AND the 300m to win a Silver Sprints badge. Therefore, you will need to have done at least 2 Challenge days to win a badge.

Finally, Gold badges can only be won if two Gold standards are achieved in club competitions.

Prizes

Every week, we give out a prize to a member of the Kestrels who has performed consistently well, has shown good commitment to the club, and who is up-to-date with their subs. Prizes include T-Shirts, Hoodies and Waterproof Coats.

Thursday 17.00-18.15


Format

Thursday sessions are for those in Year 6 and above, who want to concentrate solely on running. The group is split into those who want to do sprint work, and those who prefer middle distance.

Events

There are no field events in the Thursday group, though sometimes we use exercises similar to Standing Long Jump, Standing High Jump, etc. to work on improving our power and speed. The following is a general outline of what each group concentrates on – again, these are put on a rota, so each week will be different.

Sprinting

  • General Technique Work
  • Crouch Starts
  • Acceleration Phase
  • Speed Endurance
  • Bend Running
  • Relay Changeovers
  • Plyometric Exercises - bounding, hopping, etc.
  • Circuit Training

Endurance

  • General Technique Work
  • Fitness Work
  • Race Pace Practice (e.g. running 400m as if it were the first part of a 1500m
  • Speed Endurance
  • Pace Judgement
  • Plyometric Exercises - bounding, hopping, etc.
  • Circuit Training

Prizes

Due to the smaller number of Kestrels in the Thursday group, we give out prizes every two weeks. These prizes include T-Shirts, Hoodies and Waterproof Coats.

Sunday 9.30-10.45


Format

This session is for those in Year 2 - Year 5 at school. At the start of each session, the group is split into Year 2/3 and Year 4/5.

Events

The Year 2/3 group focuses on fundamental skills and coordination, so games and basic versions of each athletics discipline will be done each week. The Year 4/5 group will do field events on a rota, in addition to sprints and endurance exercises that are performed by all athletes in the session.

  • Sprints (e.g. 3 x 50m, 2 x 150m)
  • Endurance Running (600m - 1500m)
  • High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Pole vault, Standing Long Jump
  • Shot Put, Discus, Hammer, Javelin, Bean Bag Throw

Kestrel Challenges

On the last Sunday of each month, we have a Kestrel Challenge day, in which we time everyone’s races and measure each person’s jump or throw. These results are then put onto our system, and there is a chance to win badges – a great way to show off your abilities!

Each Kestrel Challenge involves one Sprint event, one Endurance event, and one Field event, so there is a chance for everybody to give their favourite events a go!

Note: At the moment, Kestrel Challenges only take place during the Tuesday 17.00 and Sunday groups. We are looking at introducing them to the other sessions soon.

Badges

The purpose of the Kestrel Challenge, other than seeing exactly how good you are at a certain event, is to win badges! There are 4 levels to the badges that you can win – Green, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

We have also split the track and field disciplines into 4 event groups – Sprints (100, 200, 300, 400m), Endurance (600, 800, 1200, 1500m), Jumps (High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump), and Throws (Shot Put, Discus, Hammer, Javelin). In order to win a badge, an athlete must achieve two standards in one event group – i.e. you must get a Silver standard in the 200m AND the 300m to win a Silver Sprints badge. Therefore, you will need to have done at least 2 Challenge days to win a badge.

Finally, Gold badges can only be won if two Gold standards are achieved in club competitions.

Prizes

Every week, we give out a prize to a member of the Kestrels who has performed consistently well, has shown good commitment to the club, and who is up-to-date with their subs. Prizes include T-Shirts, Hoodies and Waterproof Coats.

Sunday 11.00 - 12.15


Format

This session is for those in Year 6 - Year 11 in school. At the start of each session, the group is split into Year 6/7, Year 8/9 and Year 10/11.

Events

These are the disciplines that the Sunday 11.00 group puts on – these are put on a rota, so events will change from week to week. Generally, we will do one Sprint session, one Endurance session and one Field Event each week.

  • Sprints (e.g. 3 x 50m, 2 x 150m)
  • Endurance Running (600m - 1500m)
  • High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Pole vault
  • Shot Put, Discus, Hammer, Javelin

Kestrel Challenges

On the last Sunday of each month, we have a Kestrel Challenge day, in which we time everyone’s races and measure each person’s jump or throw. These results are then put onto our system, and there is a chance to win badges – a great way to show off your abilities!

Each Kestrel Challenge involves one Sprint event, one Endurance event, and one Field event, so there is a chance for everybody to give their favourite events a go!

Note: At the moment, Kestrel Challenges only take place during the Tuesday 17.00 and Sunday groups. We are looking at introducing them to the other sessions soon.

Badges

The purpose of the Kestrel Challenge, other than seeing exactly how good you are at a certain event, is to win badges! There are 4 levels to the badges that you can win – Green, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

We have also split the track and field disciplines into 4 event groups – Sprints (100, 200, 300, 400m), Endurance (600, 800, 1200, 1500m), Jumps (High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump), and Throws (Shot Put, Discus, Hammer, Javelin). In order to win a badge, an athlete must achieve two standards in one event group – i.e. you must get a Silver standard in the 200m AND the 300m to win a Silver Sprints badge. Therefore, you will need to have done at least 2 Challenge days to win a badge.

Finally, Gold badges can only be won if two Gold standards are achieved in club competitions.

Prizes

Every week, we give out a prize to a member of the Kestrels who has performed consistently well, has shown good commitment to the club, and who is up-to-date with their subs. Prizes include T-Shirts, Hoodies and Waterproof Coats.

 


General Information


Joining Kingston and Polytechnic Harriers

If you would like your child(ren) to compete in competitions outside of the Kestrel Club, then you will need to join Kingston Athletics Club and Polytechnic Harriers (K&P). K&P is the main athletics club of the local area, and membership entitles athletes to enter regional and local competitions. Membership of K&P is £25 for one year.

When joining K&P, we will require you to fill out a form for us to give in to one of K&P’s Membership Secretaries, who are usually at Kingsmeadow after 18.30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can download and print off a form from the club’s website here – just give it in to one of the coaches and we’ll make sure it arrives at the correct place! You will also need to pay for a vest and an England Athletics Competition Licence to complete the process.

Doing two sessions per week

Our £95 membership entitles you to one session each week (as we need to know how many coaches are needed for each session, we require that this is the same session each week). If you want to attend two sessions per week, then there is a discount of £20 for the second session. Therefore, if you wish to do the Tuesday 17.00 and the Thursday 17.00 sessions, then this would cost £170 for 3 months. Please note that your child must be in Year 6 to do two sessions per week.

It is also possible to pay for 6 months to reduce the cost per session still further. This is £170 for one session a week or £310 for two sessions a week.

 

 

 

 


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