Training with Madja

Summer training begins at the Marlborough College Track on Sunday from March 24th.

MADJA PRACTISES ATHLETE-CENTRED TRAINING

The MADJA coaching team is dedicated to helping each and every young athlete to develop and achieve his or her very best across all track and field disciplines. We start the season with a number of weeks of structured training schedules, with an emphasis on both individual and team development.

However, we recognise that not all children will be keen on all the events — but we try to offer a balanced range of activities during our training sessions and encourage every young athlete to have a go by moving across at least two activities in each session — including a field event – as well as running, to build fitness and stamina.

This can push some 'out of their comfort zones'. Ultimately, whatever events we cover in a particular session will depend on what coaches are available and it is not always easy to accommodate all younger athletes' particular passions.

We do encourage all our athletes to put 100 per cent into everything they do, take every opportunity to tackle new events and get satisfaction of seeing their skills improve with practice.

Some of our older athletes, particularly those who have chosen to focus on one or two athletics events or group of events, may want more guidance and a more personalised training programme, and we have coaches who specialise in particular events and who can work with individual athletes to develop higher-level skills.

Also, we aim for everyone at the club to enjoy themselves!

TRAINING TIMES

Sunday Training

  • 9:15am till 10:30am for U9's and U11's
  • 10:30am till 12:00pm for U13's and above.

Wednesday Training

  • 6:30pm till 8:00pm for U13's and above.

Training with Marlborough

Summer training

Summer training takes place at Marlborough College Track on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Sunday training is open to everyone interested in keeping fit or competing. Wednesday evening sessions (when light permits) are open to U13’s and older athletes who are competing during the season. U9’s and U11’s are encouraged to keep active through a variety of sports and activities enabling children to develop strength, flexibility, stamina and agility and limit the risk of injury. Older children will train specifically for their events with the support of coaches while continuing with a wide variety of disciplines recognising that young people’s bodies change and so too does natural ability at an event.

MADJA expects all U13’s and older athletes to be willing to compete if selected. Please let your coach know if you are unwilling or unable to compete. We take part in the South West Wessex League, which takes place on four Sundays during the season.

Winter training

We run a combination of running and hill training in addition to competing in cross country events as part of the Oxford Mail XC League. We encourage all athletes to continue their training throughout the winter to maintain their fitness levels and build stamina. The focus this year is on outdoor hill and cross country sessions which are excellent ways to achieve this. During Wednesday evening we offer endurance runs & hill rep sessions.