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World class facilities and qualified coaches

Do you want to improve your performance? Do you want to train at a world class athletics facility with qualified coaches? Join the Birchfield Harriers Academy.

Junior Athlete

The Academy is the introduction to Birchfield Harriers for young athletes aged 9 – 16 and a stepping-stone to training on our club nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our Academy is run by qualified coaches and gives young people the opportunity to train at world class facilities here at Alexander Stadium, the venue for the Commonwealth Games 2022.

As a result of COVID and the restrictions on training we are unable to hold the Academy at this time and therefore cannot accept anyone else onto our waiting list. However, we are holding some sessions on Wednesday afternoons during the school holidays at Wyndley Athletics track in Sutton Coldfield for athletes between the ages of 9 and 16. If you would like to register for this please complete this form.

Each session costs £5 and no bookings will be accepted until the payment has been made. This should be done online to the following account.

Birchfield Harriers


Account number 50441086

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Alternatively, if you are interested in middle distance running, cross country or throwing there are spaces in the development groups for this event so please email us and tell us about your child and we will get back to you.

9 to 12-year olds

Our Lower Age Group Academy which meets on Saturday mornings 10am to 12 noon.

There are occasions when Alexander Stadium is being used for a major event and we are therefore unable to run the Saturday Academy.

Please check here for the scheduled dates of the Saturday sessions.

13 to 16-year olds

Our Upper Age Group Academy which meets on Wednesday evenings 6pm to 7:30pm.

Once invited to the relevant Academy the children will be signed up for an initial 8-week programme. During those 8 weeks the children are assessed by our coaches so once those 8 weeks are complete those athletes who have demonstrated potential and commitment will be found a place and a coach on regular Club nights, Tuesdays and Thursdays, subject to the availability of a coach.

If you are not able to train on one or both of the above Club nights, we would suggest that you do not complete the registration form as we are unable to accept children into the Academy who are not able to move into the Club when invited to do so.

Also, after the initial 8-week induction programme you will be invited to join Birchfield Harriers and you will be provided with details on how to do this.

Our type: entry-hyperlink id: 5GdMBj3MIHJnY1UWbGV4PW runs from 1 April to 31 March and is renewed each year.

If membership is not subsequently renewed names will be removed from the Academy register at regular intervals. Children’s personal details and parent’s contact details will be stored to comply with the GDPR.

16 Years and above or Under 9 Years

Please contact the office 0121 344 4858 email to discuss your needs.