Athletics Competitions

YOAC offers its members a wide variety of competition in leagues against other clubs throughout the year as well as running three home open meetings each year. Further to this there are competitions at district and county level where there are no minimum standards to achieve to be eligible to compete. There are also open meetings at other local clubs, such as Exeter and Mendip, during the year. Most competitions are listed on the fixtures page and there is also an indoor fixtures page at Indoor Fixtures. In addition, YOAC athletes of all ages compete with the Wells City Harriers Cross Country teams in the Gwent Leagues and Wessex Leagues and there is further information on Cross Country later on this page.

Representing Your Club

We would love as many athletes as possible, at all ages, to represent the club in league fixtures, either as a points-scoring athlete or as a guest competitor. We have a great tradition of success in league competitions across all age groups, from U13s as part of the South West League team up to the top level Mens British Athletics league Team, and are keen to maintain high participation levels. Success often comes not just from good performances but often from filling all the events in each league programme. There is a great deal of satisfaction in representing your club, being part of a team and having the opportunity to improve your performances in your main events and also try new ones. We aim to organise subsidised minibus or coach transport to away track and field and cross country matches for athletes and (subject to space) for parents and other supporters. Athletes may of course travel independently if they wish.Below are the club competitions that YOAC will take part in during 2016.

South West League

This is for all ages from U13 girls and U13 boys up to senior athletes. There are 4 league fixtures a year and there are many competition opportunities as guests are allowed in this league (e.g. up to 4 U13s can compete in each event). It is a well attended, fun and competitive league between the main clubs in the south west region.

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UK Youth Development League

In 2016 we will enter the Upper Age Group which is for U17/U20 men and women. We were successful in wining our league in 2015 and hence will be in the Midland Premier Division in 2016 thus offering high level competition opportunities. This is a great team to aspire to and success comes from high participation levels.

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Southern Athletics League

This is a very well run league for combined teams of women and men. It is for U17, U20 and senior competitors and is the principle league for our women. We are currently in Division 2 West and finished 6th out of 16 in 2015 after having gained promotion from Division 3 West in 2014. Every match is against different opposition and it is always fun and a good day out. There are 90 teams in 5 divisions in the Southern Athletics League across the south of England.

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British Athletics League - Men

After gaining promotion from National League 4 in 2014 our elite mens team finished 3rd in National League 3 in 2015, their highest ever position equating to being the 27th best team in the UK. This league is for U20 and senior men but U17 men are allowed to compete if they reach a certain standard.

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Here are the details of the respective Team Managers
 

Jacquie Silcox

British Athletics League - Men
Southern Athletics League - Women
07817 429497
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Paul Guest

Southern Athletics League - Men
07850 242148
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Geoff Cole

South West League - Men
07764 461641
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Anna Lloyd

Under 20 Men
07870 530008
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Lee Paine

Under 17 Boys
07877 362887
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Kate Rhodes

Under 15 Boys
07803 273587
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Deb & Mike Glover

Under 13 Boys
07432 664318
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Jacquie Silcox

Southern Athletics League - Women
07817 429497
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Jacquie Silcox/Annette Weale

South West League - Women
07817 429497 | 01935 862219
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Jacquie Silcox

Under 20 Women
07817 429497
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Annette Weale

Under 17 Women
01935 862219
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Darren White

Under 15 Girls
07778 301817
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Lisa Smith

Under 13 Girls
07766 038442
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Annette Weale

Junior Cross Country
01935 862219
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Jen Slade

Inclusion Groups
01935 425982
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Open Meetings, Combined Events And County Competitions

At Yeovil we run the Spring Open in April, The Bill Whistlecroft Memorial Hurdles and Steeplechase Festival (usually in May) and the Yeovil Games in September. These are great opportunities for new and experienced athletes to hone their event or try new ones for the first time. We have begun to add U11 events into our open meetings and we hope to expand this. There are also open meetings at Exeter (last Tuesday evening of each month) and Mendip (usually the third Thursday evening of the month) during the summer where U11s and U13s can compete.

The Somerset AA County Championships, over two days, offers all events to all ages and abilities. There is no restriction and no minimum standard to achieve in order to be able to compete. Highly placed athletes in each event may go on to represent their county at the South West Championships. More information is available on the Somerset AA website www.somerset-athletics.co.uk/ . Somerset AA are also involved in the South West Inter Counties Event held in August details of which are available in this poster . Also promoted by Somerset AA is the Langport 10k road race.

In parallel with all of the above are 'Schools Competitions' beginning with local district level meetings, representing your school or college, and going on to county schools, south-west schools, and ultimately, if selected, English Schools. This also applies to combined events. Somerset Schools have a good website - www.somersetschoolsathletics.org.uk/

There is also a Somerset Combined Events Championships, usually at the end of April, which is a tremendous event and offers a fun multi-event experience for all ages. There are subsequent South West and National championships in multi-events for those who are selected.

Cross Country (XC)

YOAC athletes of all ages from U11 to veterans compete with the Wells City Harriers Cross Country teams in the Gwent League and the Wessex League.There is no team selection for xc so everyone is welcome. Everyone who comes to cross country training will be given a list of xc events at the beginning of the season. There are races for under 11’s through to seniors.

There are school cross country races for primary schools, year 3/4 and year 5/6, throughout the winter. At the end of the season after the area race, the best 15 athletes are chosen to represent Yeovil area against Mendip area and Taunton area.

Wessex League website is at www.teamdorsetathletics.btck.co.uk/competition/wessexleague-crosscountry

The secondary schools start their area races in December or January. The top 15 in the area schools ‘ race are selected for the county championships and then the top 10 go forward to represent their county in the south west championships. Eight runners are then selected for their county to run in the English Schools Championships.

Many of our athletes also compete in the Somerset or the Dorset County Championships (depending on where they live) and the South-West England Championships (usually in early December and early January respectively). There are South of England and National races later in the winter. Entry to all these races is open to all, of whatever standard.

Gwent League website is at www.gwent-league.org.uk/