About . . . the History
In 1947 two men, both policemen in Tonbridge, had the vision and foresight to found an athletic club in the town. One was Tom Jones, a pre-war sprinter of some note; and the other, Norman Fowler, also a sprinter, of county standard and an athletics administrator.
The venture needed determination to succeed as there was no track or facilities of any kind. But there was a piece of ground, belonging to Tonbridge School, on the right hand side, going north, of Shipbourne Road, just past the Yardley park turning. This became the first home of the Club and had to be got ready before entertaining visiting teams right down to the marking out of lanes for racing. That field has long since become a housing estate but the Club survives on its present location at Tonbridge School and many aspiring boys and girls, men and women have benefited from its presence.
A scanned copy of a booklet produced in August 1972 to commemorate the first 25 years of Tonbridge Athletic Club can be downloaded here (please note file size 5MB).
For more details about the track click here
Tonbridge AC achieved ClubMark Accreditation in 2015 so has qualified and experienced coaches across most disciplines who can provide support, development and encouragement.
We cater for athletes of all ages - from youngsters aged 9 to veteran athletes. The Club has a friendly atmosphere where everyone wants each other to do well and encourages non-members to attend a few taster sessions before committing to membership.
Why not sign up for trial membership - click here for details?
Safety & Security
Whilst Tonbridge AC endeavour at all times to ensure the safety of all Junior members whilst training and/or competing for the club, it remains the responsibility of parents/guardians to ensure the safe collection or make suitable arrangements for collection at the designated times. Tonbridge AC cannot be held responsible for Juniors outside of these times.
We operate codes of conduct to ensure all athletes are able to take part in a safe environment. We take the safety and security of our members very seriously and every helper and volunteer is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check
About . . . the Summer Season
About . . . the Winter Season
Details of training sessions are shown here. There are a number of coaches and helpers available, but we could always do with one or two more. In the Winter, Thursday training sessions are based at the track, whilst Tuesday training is split between Tonbridge School Sports Centre TN10 3AD and The Judd School Sports Hall, Brook Street, TN9 2PN. The distance running squads and the introductory group for 9 to 11 year olds train at Judd, whilst the sprint squads and other training groups remain at the track.
The key date is midnight on the 31st August. Anyone in
school years 7 and 8 compete in the Under 13 age group, years 9 and 10 at under
15 and years 11 and 12 at under 17, during the Winter. In other words you
compete in the same age group that you were in during the previous Summer.
To compete at Under 13 level in the Winter you must be 11 years old at least on the day of the race.
For acceptance into the club for training an athlete must be a minimum of 9 years old.
Once a month from October to March the club promotes cross country races for boys and girls under 12 years of age over 1 mile. There are medals for all finishers.
Cross Country: Mark
Hookway is the Team Manager for Young Athletes and Senior Ladies, and Senior
Men. There are races in the Kent League for boys and girls of all age groups,
from under 13 upwards.
The Kent County Championships are held in January, again for all age groups, but contact the Team Manager for entry in early December. The South of England Championships are held in late January, with entries in by late December. The National Cross Country Championships are held in March.