If you are not a member already, please click on Membership (above) for details of how to join before attending a training session. Your first session is free (subsequent sessions are £5 each) and the Membership fee is only requested if you wish to continue after your first three sessions.
So long as you are aged 9 or over you will have the chance to try most of the different athletic events. You can decide on which events that you are interested in and concentrate on those or even specialize in just one. U11 athletes (school years 4 and 5) may only participate in sprints, endurance, shot putt and long jump.
Club nights are on Tuesday (depending on which session, between 6pm-8.30pm) and Thursday (6.30pm-8.30pm) at the Tabor Leisure Centre athletics track, Panfield Lane, Braintree CM7 1FF.
Normal training times are listed here, updated for 2019/20 BUT SUSPENDED due to the Corona virus. Subject to change at short notice, training availability when allowed under Covid restrictions is described here and below. See also the item on our Home page.
There are additional Tuesday night endurance sessions comprising a set of road runs starting from the track and catering for all abilities. 10km at 7pm for all abilities (there will be a lead runner, a tail runner and more in-between so no-one will get lost!) and an all ability 5km & 7km both at 7:15pm. Contact Stuart Phillips or Philip Wood if interested. Once registered, there is no need to book before each attendance. There are a few rules here to ensure everyone’s safety.
Tuesday and Thursday night training sessions at the Discovery Centre have both now been discontinued but Ross will be supplementing Simon’s 19:15 endurance session on Thursdays if demand exists and when allowed.
Our coaches are trained and graded in accordance with UKAthletics guidelines, so you can be sure that they have the ability to improve your athletic skills.
When it comes to Training Fees, there are a two options available:
Athletes may pay £5.00 prior to each training session that they attend.
Alternatively, BDAC encourages all of its members to setup a Standing Order to pay for training fees. This option costs £15.00 per month by Monthly Standing Order.
Those who take up this option are able to make savings if training regularly (based on potential annual savings when compared with 2 x weekly sessions in summer and 1 x weekly session in winter).