The Summer Season – A Quick Guide!

Training is at the Tonbridge School track every Tuesday and Thursday evening between April and September inclusive. It starts at 6.15pm and finishes at about 7.45pm. There are a number of coaches and helpers available, but we could always do with more.

Athletes who wish to join must attend a Trial Training Session first. For information on trial sessions and joining the Club please click here

Age Groups for Track and Field

The table below details the age groups, dates of birth and school years - the key date is their age at midnight on the 31st August of the year of competition.

For acceptance into the club for training an athlete must be a minimum of 9 years old, although the Tonbridge Tornados club is run on Sunday mornings for 7 to 9 year olds. Club training for 9 and 10 year olds is on a Monday and Wednesday evening at Tonbridge School track.

Age Group
Date of Birth
School Year
Under 11
Between 1st September 2008 and 31st August 2010
4 & 5
Under 13
Between 1st September 2006 and 31st August 2008
6 & 7
Under 15
Between 1st September 2004 and 31st August 2006
8 & 9
Under 17
Between 1st September 2002 and 31st August 2004
10 & 11
Under 20
Between 1st January 2000 and 31st August 2002
12 & 13 OR under 20 years at midnight 31/12/2019

Competition

TAC run open meetings at Easter and on the August Bank Holiday for age groups under 11 upwards.

On the first Tuesday evening of every month from May to August there is a Tonbridge Development Meeting. These are aimed at encouraging many club members to compete, particularly those who are relatively new to it. The events cover track and field and vary from meeting to meeting, so you should be aware of the precise listing and timetable beforehand. If you have never done an event before just ask one of the TAC coaches, so you can then put down an estimated time and get into the best paced race for you. See listings beforehand on the Fixtures Page.

Entries are usually taken in advance online, and no entries are taken on the day.

TAC also competes in a number of leagues.

Kent Young Athletes League

For girls and boys in the Under 13 (School Years 6 & 7) and Under 15 age groups (School Years 8 & 9).

Tonbridge AC Team Managers:

U13:

U15:
 
U15/U13 B-team Boys:

This is a particularly good league for newcomers. See www.kcaa.org.uk for information about the league and Kent athletics.

Fixtures:

Sunday 2nd June at Tonbridge
Sunday 7th July at Ashford
Sunday 4th August at Gillingham

UK Youth Development League (UKYDL)

The UKYDL has separate leagues based on age - please check the UKYDL website for detailed information about the leagues.

UKYDL Lower Age Group

This is for Under 13 and Under 15 age groups.

Tonbridge AC Team Managers

Under 13 -

Under 15 -

Fixtures

Saturday 27th April at Tooting Bec
Saturday 18th May at Hornchurch
Sunday 23rd June at Reading
Saturday 20th July at Bromley

UKYDL Upper Age Group

This league is for the Under 17 and Under 20 age groups - Age is as at midnight on 31st August 2019

Tonbridge AC Team Manager :

Fixtures

Sunday 5th May at Tonbridge
Sunday 26th May at Eltham
Sunday 30th June at Woodford
Sunday 28th July at Ashford

Teams are selected on merit, but it is also very important that anyone who might like to compete lets the Team Manager know well in advance.

Southern Athletics League

A combined league for Men and Women (Under 17, Under 20, Senior and Veterans, all together).

and Una Laqeretabua are the Team Managers. There is a club Facebook group called Tonbridge AC SAL Track and Field Team! to help with communication.

See www.southernathletics.org.uk. Non-scorers are allowed to compete in this league, which means that, although there is team selection, there is a chance for everyone.

Fixtures

Saturday 13th April at Basildon
Sunday 19th May at Mile End
Saturday 15th June at Ipswich
Saturday 13th July at Tonbridge
Saturday 17th August at Woodford

British Athletics League

The Tonbridge AC men's team is in the British Athletics League and the Team Manager is .

This league includes the under 17 and 20 age groups, but is essentially a senior competition. Age is as at midnight on 31st August 2019. ​Under 17s only compete in exceptional circumstances

See the BAL Web site for details

There is also a Tonbridge AC Facebook Group

Fixtures

Sunday 12th May at Bedford
Sunday 9th June at Chelmsford
Saturday 6th July at Yeovil
Saturday 3rd August at Basingstoke

Southern Counties Veterans League

Tonbridge AC also has a thriving veterans squad, which competes in the Southern Counties Veterans League. There is a range of track and field events, for all ages from the over 35 age group, upwards - age is at time of birthday.

League fixtures are on Friday and Monday evenings throughout the Summer. The league web site is at www.scvac.org.uk/track.htm is the Team Manager. There is a club Facebook group called TAC Vets teams to help with communication.

It is important that parents realise that the league teams are generally selected on merit and when there are many wanting to compete it can be difficult to fit everyone into their chosen event. However, we will always do our best to give everyone a chance. Other clubs also put on open meetings, where athletes can enter on the day and take part in their chosen event. Please look out for information or just ask a coach. Some other key events are the Kent Championships, in May for Under 15 upwards and in September for Under 13.

Please check the fixtures page which is regularly updated.