Training Groups 

Training Groups 

Athletes are divided into three basic groups depending on age and school year: 
Induction 
Aged under 11 and at least 9 
School years 4, 5 and 6 
Development 
Under 13 
School years 6, 7 and 8 
Senior 
13 to adult 
School year 8 to adult 
Graduation between the Induction and the Development Group normally takes place in April. 
 
Members of the Induction and Development Groups are offered coaching in a wide range of athletic disciplines. They are not encouraged to specialise. 
 
Athletes in the Induction Group are encouraged to compete in Sportshall and Quadkid competitions whilst Development Group member and senior athletes are encouraged to compete in some or all of the types of competition we offer. 
The Senior Group is notionally divided into four specialist sub-groups; sprints, endurance, throws and jumps. Athletes are permitted to move to and fro between these sub-groups 
 
We are currently unable to offer senior coaching in throws and jumps but could arrange for our athletes to receive training in these disciplines with other local clubs and coaches. 

Training schedules 

Training schedules 

Our training schedules are divided seasonally, with the summer schedule applying between April and mid September and the winter schedule in place from late September to March. 
 
Training takes place on Monday and Wednesday evenings. With some exceptions training for all groups takes place on a weekly basis throughout the year. 
(Include Training Schedule - see attached) 
 
Periodically, with parental consent where appropriate, coaches may arrange additional training sessions on other terrains (e.g. beach, hill). 

KIT 

KIT 

Kit may be purchased for both Dorchester AC and Team Dorset. 
 
Dorchester AC competition kit comprises green vests with yellow side-stripes. Vests have the club logo in yellow on the left breast and Dorchester AC on the rear. Kit is compulsory when competing and also available for non-competitors. 
 
Hoodies are also for sale but are not compulsory for competitors. They are available in three styles. 
 
Vests and hoodies are available to purchase on club training nights. 
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