Information for Parents


When you make an athletic commitment to Central AC we ask that you read the documents below to familiarise yourself with all aspects of the Club and competition.  

We also ask that you consider a volunteer role at the club.  Central AC is run by an amazing group of people who need your support in various ways.  This needn’t be a huge commitment;  get in touch for some ideas of what’s needed at the moment. There’s plenty to choose from, however if you have a particular skill we’d also love to hear about it.  

Please click on the relevant item to download the information:-



Parents Cross Country Information


Please ensure you comply with the guidelines regarding any medication currently being taken. The Global Drug Reference Online (Global DRO) provides athletes and support personnel with information about the prohibited status of specific medications based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

The following links will provide all the relevant information:



The Long Term Athlete Development Pathway:

There are specific documents on each pathway for each stage and group of an athlete’s development.  Pleas ask the Athlete Development Officer, Gareth Marchant for more details.

  • Multi Activity/Event: From Run Jump Throw aged 5-9 and Reception and Development in multi activity until the age of around 14.
  • Event group: around the ages of 14-18
  • Event Specialisation: once the athlete is reaching full maturity.

The foundations of the Athletics programme are built on the general principles of Long Term Athlete Development and late specialisation. 

The aim of the programme is to ensure that all athletes develop to their full potential and become Fitter/Faster/Stronger.

A Generic Programme is delivered to younger athletes, developing fundamental movement, conditioning and mobility skills.

An early Multi-event approach allows us to focus on late specialisation with athletes. Late entry athletes are assessed and placed into coaching groups at the appropriate level which reflects their stage of development and ability.



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