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2018/2019 Under 11 Sportshall Athletics – County and Regional Championships

As the London 2012 Olympics become a distant memory, the excitement of Rio fades and the London 2017 World  Athletics Championships  are forgotten, many of us involved in Sport Development continue to work on keeping the legacy alive.  In our case, it is continuing to do the work that we have done for many years.

Somerset has been competing in the Regional  under 11 Sportshall Athletics Championships for well over 20 years, and has regularly produced great team performances. In Jan 2017, the girls team comprehensively won their competition after several years of finishing second. There is every reason to believe that Somerset can find the next generation of sporting athletes to repeat the success in 2019.

Every year we select 26 individual boys and 26 individual girls from right across the county to make up two representative teams: Somerset Spartans and Somerset Saracens. This is a different event from the one organised by the School Games Organisers - SASP and others, who organise a schools team competition within Somerset.  It is possible for a young athlete to take part in both, but they are entirely different events.

2018/2019 Under 11 Sportshall Athletics Championships/Trials/Training & Regional Championships Information (scroll down):

Under 11 Sportshall Athletics (School Years: 4 [if aged 9 on 27th Jan 2019], 5 & 6):

Athletes may apply to take part in any one of the Area Championship/Trials events (see below) but we are happy for you to select whichever event is most convenient. We will record results from a variety of running, jumping and throwing events. Based on the results we will invite athletes to attend the training events (see below). It is likely that most if not all of the athletes who are invited to the training events will be selected to represent Somerset at the Regional Championships (see below).

Championships/Trials - information below. Final information for the day can be found here>> and a map of the Wells Cathedral School Site here>>:

1. Mendip Area Schools:

Date: Sunday 25th November 2018, 10.00am - 12.30pm

Venue: Wells Cathedral School, 15 The Liberty, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2ST
. Click for map>>

To apply for a place please complete the online application form by clicking here>>  **ENTRIES NOW CLOSED**

2. Yeovil, Taunton, Wellington, Bridgwater Area Schools:

Sunday 9th December 2018, 10.00am to 12.30pm & 1.00pm - 3.30pm.

Venue: Yeovil College Sport Centre, Ilchester Rd, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4DR. Click for map>>

Championships & Trials entry fee - £6.00 payable on the day.

To apply for a place please complete the online application form by clicking here>>  **ENTRIES NOW CLOSED**

Click here for poster>>

Selected athletes have now been invited to attend the Sportshall Athletics training events that will take place on:

Sunday 16th December 2018, Sunday 13th January 2019 & Sunday 20th January 2019, 10.00am to 12.30pm.

Training fee £6.00/session payable on the day.

Venue: Yeovil College Sport Centre, Ilchester Rd, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4DR. Click for map>>

Training on Sunday 16th December 2018. Final details>>

Training on Sunday 13th January 2019. Final details follow.

Training on Sunday 20th December 2019. Final details follow.

Regional Fun in Athletics Final/Regional Sportshall Athletics Finals:

Date: Sunday 27th January 2019, 11.30 – 3.30pm.

Venue: Wellsway Sports Centre, Wellsway School, Chandag Road, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1PH. Click for map>>

Entry Fee: £3.00 (subsidised) payable on the day.

Progamme from 2018: More>>

Report on the 2018 Regional Fun in Athletics Final/Regional Sportshall Athletics Finals:

On Sunday 28th Jan 18, some of Somerset’s most promising junior athletics talent headed off to Wellsway School in Keynsham near Bristol, to take part in the Regional Fun in Athletics Sportshall Competition for U11s.

Having gone through some challenging qualifying rounds, and a couple of weekends coaching and training, 2 boys teams and 1 girls team set about the task of taking on 4 other teams from Bristol Gloucester.

Continuing the tradition set over the last 15 years, the standard was as high as it has always been, so repeating last year’s success where Somerset’s girls won their event and the boys came second was going to be a tough ask.

However, the team spirit was high, and every athlete gave their best in all the various running, jumping and throwing events.  The structure of the event ensures everyone gets to compete in several different events, and many of our athletes demonstrated multi-talented skills which will stand them in good stead for the future.

Although the team had many close attempts at winning several of the boys and girls races, this year the teams from the other counties, Gloucester in particular were just too strong, although and our second and third places were extremely tight and well contested races.  In the field events, again, although many of Somerset’s athletes jumped, and threw to produce their best ever performances, we were just off of the pace compared to the competition.

Overall the boy’s competition was won by Gloucestershire, Somerset coming 3rd and 6th. Top 3 places going to Luke Paul with a Vertical Jump of 42cm for 3rd; Samuel Winter 3rd with a Target Throw score of 11 and William Ladd also with a Target Throw score of 11 in 3rd place; Tobi Robinson finished  1st with a maximum Balance Test score of 60.  

The girls also finished in 3
rd place. Top 3 places going to Nia Rodgers with a Standing Triple Jump of 5.84m for 2nd
place; Lotty Wheeler  in 1st place with a Balance Test 60; Kayleigh Spiers 3rd in Javelin with a throw of 12m; and
Chloe Thorne 2nd with a Target Throw score of 11.

Results analysis:

Results – Girls:

1 Avon Crusaders 486
2 Gloucestershire All Golds 470
3 Somerset Spartans 446
4 Avon Stormers 405
5 Gloucestershire All Stars 403

Athletes achieving a top 3 place:

Nia Rodgers Standing Triple Jump 5.84m 2
Lotty Wheeler Balance Test 60s 1st=
Kayleigh Spiers Javelin 12m 3
Chloe Thorne Target Throw 11 2nd =

Team Races:
Obstacle Relay: 2
nd =  1:25.6
1 + 1 Lap Relay: 2
nd  25.5
4 x 1 Relay: 2
nd 51.0
6 Lap Paarlauf: 3
rd 1:24.0
Over & Under Relay: 3
rd 1:10.9
Hurdles Relay: 4th 1:02.1
Grand Prix: 2
nd 57.0

Results – Boys:

1 Gloucestershire All Yellow 484

2 Avon Crusaders Red 467

3 Somerset Spartans Orange 430
4 Avon Stormers 426
5 Gloucestershire All Stars 374

6 Somerset Saracens 369


Athletes achieving a top 3 place:

Luke Paul Vertical Jump 42cm 3rd =
Samuel Winter Target Throw 11 3
rd =
William Ladd Target Throw 11 3
rd =

Team Races:
Obstacle Relay: 4th = 1:25.3
1 + 1 Lap Relay: 2
nd 24.8
4 x 1 Relay: 3
rd 49.7
6 Lap Paarlauf: 3
rd 1:21.1
Over & Under Relay: 1
st 1:08.7
Hurdles Relay: 4
th 59.5
Grand Prix: 5
th 1:02.3

Athletes achieving a top 3 place:
Tobi Robinson Balance Test 60 1st =

Team Races:

Obstacle Relay: 4th = 1:25.3
1 + 1 Lap Relay: 4
th 26.0
4 x 1 Relay: 6
th 53.2
6 Lap Paarlauf: 6
th 1:31.2
Over & Under Relay: 4
th 1:11.3
Hurdles Relay: 5
th 59.9
Grand Prix: 4
th 1:02.1

A full set of results can be found by clicking here>>

For more information on Sportshall Athletics please visit the “Sportshall Athletics” website:

For more information on ACE or Sportshall Athletics Opportunities offered by ACE, please Contact Us>>

Sportshall reports from previous years:

2014 - under 11. More>>
2014 - under 13. More>>
2015 - under 11. More>>

2016 - under 11. More>>

2017 - under 11. More>>