Membership is now open for 2024!
Clane Athletic Club offers three Athletics disciplines for your young Athletes:
Track and Field events can be indoors or outdoors depending on the event and time of year. However, Cross Country is always outdoors!
Clane AC Juvenile training age groups:
For 2024, Clane Athletic Club welcome children born between the years 2017 (U8s) & 2006 (U18s)
If you are unsure if your child would like athletics, you are welcome to drop up on a Tuesday or Thursday with your child to observe the training, and hopefully you can grab a quick chat with one of our coaches, before your child commits to joining.
Please note though, your child will only be able to observe the session and not participate, as your child is not insured to train with us unless they are a registered Athletics Ireland member.
U8s age category - our youngest group.
The youngest members Clane AC can take for training are the U8's group, which caters for children aged 6 and turning age 7 that year.
i.e The child must already be 6yrs old before 1st January and turning age 7 at some point during that same calendar year.
No younger, no exceptions! Sorry...
Our Clane AC U8s programme runs from April to June only.
ie. during the warmer/brighter Springtime months.
Registration takes place in April for this U8s age group.
These younger members are introduced to athletics through the “Little Athletics” / “Junior Athletics” programmes, where they learn the basics of Agility, Balance and Coordination and progress to learning the skills and techniques involved in the core athletic disciplines of running, jumping & throwing.
For more information on the "Little Athletics" programme go to:
U9s - U18s age categories.
The U9s upwards age groups can join the club in January, and the this training finishes in December.
Our oldest age group category is U18's, so this includes children age 16 and turning age 17 at some point the same calendar year.
18+ year olds who are finished with Juvenile training, can join in with our Adult Running Group training.
Unfortunately, at present, we do not provide Throws or Jumps training to 18 year old+ members.
Sporting Event Age categories explained
Athletic Ireland categorise their events into groups which start with the "U8's", and go all the way up, through the various age groups up to "U18s".
After that comes the Junior, Novice, Senior and Master categories for older teenagers & adults.