New club members
All aspiring new members need to complete the New Membership Enquiry Form
Aspiring club members in school years 4 to 6
Can attend our Saturday morning Beagles sessions. See our Beagles Page
Aspiring club members in schools years 5 to 7
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 join our Beagles Plus group at 5.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday. 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, and these are covered by the specialist groups listed below.
Aspiring new members in school year 8 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.
Most groups train on Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30pm, although some will train at other times and coaches will discuss this with you. Due to limits on numbers there may be waiting lists for particular groups.
The options are
- Sprint-based groups.
- Endurance/ Middle Distance groups.
- Technical groups
- Throws (Discus, Hammer, Javelin, Shot)
- High Jump
- Long/Triple Jump
- Pole Vault
- 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.
Trial/ Temporary Membership
We offer a temporary 4 week trial membership. 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.