New club members
Club representatives are available to offer advice about how to join the club at our front desk to the left of Reception at Bedford International Athletic Stadium (BIAS) on our designated club nights of Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.
In most cases you will be able to pay the trial fee and take part that evening. Occasionally, due to start times or capacity constraints we may ask you to come back another week to start. However, we would encourage you to arrive with appropriate kit to take part and with completed membership and health forms.
Aspiring club members aged 7-11
Should attend our Saturday morning Beagles sessions. See our Beagles page and then progress on to Passport to Athletics group.
Aspiring club members in schools years 6 (age 10/11) to 9 (age 13/14)
We have options for this age range as they will not always know what event to try and they often have limited athletic experience. There is evidence that youngsters should follow a multi-disciplinary approach as this is more likely to produce a better all round athlete in the longer term. We therefore encourage young athletes to pursue more than one event - or even multiple events. However, we do recognise that some young athletes want to focus on a particular event and that early specialisation can result in faster short term progress.
Aspiring new members in school years 10 (age 14/15) and above and adults
Typically have some athletic experience and a clear desire to pursue a preferred event. The wishes of the athlete will always be respected and this normally makes a choice of training group straightforward. We also offer a multi-event group option if this is preferred.
All available options are subject to our coaching group capacity constraints
There may be waiting lists for particular groups at times.
Most groups are held on a Tuesday and Thursday from 6.15pm or 6.30pm
Although a number do start at 5.30pm. Please discuss this when applying for temporary membership.
The options are
Taster and Introductory Multi-event Groups
- A Taster Group running on Thursdays. More information below.
- A General Fitness group, for those unsure as to their preferred discipline, but who want to improve their overall fitness
- Specialist sprint-based group - some groups also offer basic Long Jump training. Available for year 8 (age 12/13) and above only.
- Endurance/ Middle Distance group.
- Specialist Technical group - Examples are heavy throws, javelin, pole vault, high jump, sprint hurdles, and long jump.
- A Multi-event group, giving a range of run, jump & throws training. This may lead to pursuit of combined events or a later specialisation in any one event.
Beagles Plus running on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 6:30.
Trial/ Temporary Membership
We offer a temporary 4 week trial membership at a cost of £20.00. This will be deducted from your membership fee if you join.
Details of all other membership categories and fees can be found elsewhere on the website.
Ethos of the club
As a club Bedford & County promote athletics as a competitive sport and not just as a healthy pastime. We believe that the competitive element opens the way to many additional benefits and experiences. This attitude must not be confused with elitism. All our athletes across all age groups can be competitive at their own level. For the stronger athletes winning is an inevitable bi-product of this, but this does not mean that a sense of real achievement cannot be enjoyed as personal bests are improved without the need to win every time.
Our club coaches want to put the focus of their efforts on the athletes who want to be the best that they can be rather than those who are just turning up for something to do.