Juniors Information

Rothwell Harriers Junior Section was formed in the Summer of 2007 and has steadily grown to more than 80 members year on year.The section stemmed from the senior section of the club and was formed by Keith Pailing. Our initial focus was on endurance running to include long distance multi-terrain running and shorter distance road races.

More recently we have diversified to include track and field events. Distances range from sprint events to 1500m depending on age. Occasionally some of our juniors have participated in jumping and throwing. Please note we currently do not have coaches specialising in field and sprint events.

We take part in two cross country leagues during Autumn and Winter as well as County and National Championships. During the Summer we enter two track and Field leagues and our younger runners may also be seen at fun runs.

Our membership has now reached 80 members and is therefore closed to new requests.  If you are interested in joining the club and want to be added to our waiting list, please contact us by using the email link below.

We are presently reviewing our membership list. if you haven’t attended for more than 6 weeks without a valid reason we will be considering your membership at the club. The terms of membership that are linked with your registration state that you should compete for the club within that year if this hasn’t occurred we will also be considering your position.

We are presently closed to new members and have a waiting list of athletes wishing to train and compete for us. if you are affected
by this please discuss with your coach or our Lead coach Keith Pailing thank you.


The section provides coaching for children aged 9 years up to 18yrs after this age they may join the senior section.
If you are interested in joining us please email [email protected] and we will respond as soon as possible.

If we have places available a junior will be invited to attend a training session . After an initial introduction of two weeks they should then become a member and register . This can be done online by clicking this link and following the instructions: JOIN AND PAY ONLINE .
If we have places available juniors are then invited to attend training on Wednesday evenings. After two weeks parent’s or guardians should join and pay online, you can do by clicking this link and following the instructions: Join and Pay Online  Please also download, print, complete it and hand in this consent form for people with parental responsibility if the athletes medical needs change – Medical Form

If a junior has a medical condition that we should be aware of or acquires one whilst a member Please inform us by download, print, complete and hand in MEDICAL FORM to a member of staff .

We require you to pay monthly subs before the beginning of each month. These can be paid online using the following link monthly subs this allows juniors access to all training sessions.
Please note on Monday evenings there is an entry fee (currently £1.90 with a breeze card) payable to John Charles Centre for Sport track. Coaches will advise when juniors should progress to more than one session per week.

If as a parent/guardian you intend to join in and run with your child for a short period to enable them to settle . Please print and complete the Self Declaration Form hand it to coaching staff Please use following link using Click here for the self declaration form


Our coaching team comprises of : UK ATHLETICS Registered coaches, coaching assistants, leading athletics and athletic leaders. Currently we have: 4 Level 2 Coaches, 7 Coaching Assistants, 3 Leading Athletics coaches, and 1 Athletic Leader. Juniors are allocated to a group according to age, experience and ability. A designated coach will usually work with the same group on a weekly basis. Coaches will plan sessions and when appropriate training schedules designed to improve the overall ability or specific areas of development. Coaches will advise which races/leagues should be entered.

All qualified coaches and assistants have been screened through the Government’s Disclosure and Barring Service to ensure their suitability to work with children. They also have a Code of Conduct for our Coaching Staff – CODE OF CONDUCT for COACHING STAFF


Keith Pailing
Lead Coach (Level 2)
James Wardman
Coach (level 2)
Jason Westmoreland
Coach (level 2 / first aider)
Jo Heseltine
Coach / Welfare Officer/ First Aider
Marc Randall
Coach Assistant/ First Aider/ WADA Advisor
Claire Easton
Coach Assistant/ First Aider
Andrew Baiden
Coach Assistant/ First Aider
Sean Hunter
Coach Assistant
Matt Wilson
Coach Assistant
Lynne Metcalf
Coach Assistant/ First Aider
Paul Hancock
Coach Assistant
Craig Whitley
Coach Assistant
Paul Howard
Leading Athletics
Alisha Laidler
Leading Athletics
Joe Smith
Leading Athletics


Rothwell Harriers Juniors takes steps to safeguard the safety and welfare of all members. Please click on appropriate policy or risk assessment to open

Anti-Bullying Policy

First Aid Policy

Health and Safety Policy

Inclusion Policy

Safeguarding Policy

Code of Conduct – updated November 2016

Risk Assessment – Offroad

Risk Assessment – Roads

Risk Assessment – Track

Risk Assessment – Indoors

If you have any concerns please discuss with our welfare officer Jo Heseltine or in her absence Keith Pailing.


Andrew Baiden is our representative at the monthly senior committee meeting and will discuss/raise anything that needs approval.


At races you will be required to wear our CLUB VEST these may be purchased from Lynne Metcalfe on a Wednesday night and are subsidised at £10. WE also occasionally have additional items you may wish to purchase.

useful links…

West Yorkshire Cross Country and Athletics League


Leeds Schools Cross Country League


PECO Cross Country League


City of York Summer Athletics League


Northern Athletics


English Athletics


Power of 10 athlete statistics


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