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Junior Section

​The Junior Section welcomes young people from the age of 7 into our club and we provide the full range of athletic disciplines apart from hammer and pole vault. We offer coaching and competition opportunities for anybody interested in athletics and we expect all our athletes to be interested in athletics and to be motivated and committed to their own athletic development.

All our juniors train under the supervision of a qualified coach and are placed into a coaching group according to their age, ability or specialist discipline. Our coaches will make training enjoyable and safe but all the time we are looking to improve performance and athletic discipline so we expect our athletes to work hard too. We are an athletic club, not a fitness class or a playground and we expect our junior athletes to enter competitions and to represent the club when asked.


In summer, training concentrates on sprints and endurance running, long jump, high jump, shot, discus and javelin. In winter, training concentrates on sportshall events, cross country, sprint training, general conditioning and plyometrics.


Training is outside all year for our older athletes but indoors in winter for our athletes aged 7 and 8, so appropriate clothing is essential, whatever the weather.


Over the years many of our juniors have gained county, regional and national recognition and many have progressed, with our good wishes and support, to bigger clubs, where they continue to thrive, competing at a higher level, but proud to have commenced their athletic career with Retford AC.


Selection Criteria

We expect:

  • all our members to work hard at developing their athletic skills, to behave properly at all times and to enter competitions when the time is right.   

  • all new members to have a basic level of fitness and when you first come to us, we will give you a short assessment based on running, throwing and  jumping.    This helps us to work out which training group is best and to decide if our club is right for you.     

  • all our parents to  lend a helping hand in managing and organising the junior section and its activities.

If you are still interested please go to the Join Us tab of this website for information on how to join.


Notts Mini League

Track and Field 2024

SPORTSHALL 2023/24 Kirkby in ashfield, mansfield

1st  October 2023 -  All ages u11 - u15

29th October  2023 - All ages u11 - u15

26th November 2023 - All ages u11 - u15

10th  December 2023 - under 11's only

21st January 2024 - All ages u11 - u15

18th February 2024 -   All  ages u11 - u15

Sportshall has a new venue. The address is Kirkby In Ashfield Leisure Centre, Hodgkinson Road,Kirkby In Ashfield, NG17 7DJ



  • 24th September  - Kings Park Retford

  • 22ndOctober - Berry Hill Park, Mansfield, NG18 4JR

  • 12th November - Newark Academy, NG24 3AL

  • 17th December - Worksop College, S80 3AP

  • 25th February 2024 - Rushcliffe Country Park , NG11 6JS 

For more information please visit


North Mids Cross Country League 2023/24

  • Saturday 14th October   -    Markeaton Park, Derby

  • Saturday 11th November  - Wicksteed Park Kettering

  • Saturday 2nd December  -  Shipley Park, Heanor

  • Saturday 13th January 2024  -  Berry Hill Park, Mansfield

For more information please visit


Nottinghamshire AAA Championships

Track and Field 2024


  • No date announced


  • Sunday28th April  - Newark

  • Sunday26th May - Mansfield

  • Sunday 30thJune - Newark

  • Sunday 1st September - Mansfield

Match schedules to be announce closer to competition date.

for more information please see

Nottinghamshire schools championships

Track and Field 2023
  • No date announced


  • No date announced


open competitions

Junior standards

The junior standards were created in 2016 and are used by coaches and athletes to measure progress.

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