Junior FAQs

You should find the answers to all the common questions we get asked about the junior section

1. Q: Where is the Club based?

A: Lancaster & Morecambe AC is based midway between Lancaster and Morecambe just off the A589. Follow the signs for Salt Ayre Sports Centre and the clubhouse is based adjacent to the athletics track behind the Centre. Postcode: LA1 5JS

2. Q: If I want my child to try out the Club or join, what do I do?

A: We welcome children aged 8 years old and over to our Club at any club session on a Tuesday or Thursday evening at 6.30pm to experience a taster session. We're a very friendly club. Please take your child to the clubhouse and ask for Jennie Hodgson. Juniors will be allowed to undertake a taster session with a suitable group. Juniors are organised in age, experience and interest appropriate groups. PLEASE NOTE THAT juniors need to complete the on line waiting list form or a paper version available in the club house prior to attending a taster session.

3. Q: What happens after the taster session?

A: At the conclusion of the taster session new juniors will be allocated to an appropriate group or advised that they have been allocated to the waiting list. If allocated to the waiting list when a place becomes available they will be contacted by e-mail.

4. Q: Is it a members only Club?

A: If your child is offered a place immediately after the taster session, or you have been contacted by e-mail and informed a place is available the athlete may come to the Club for up to 5 training sessions to try us out. The cost is currently £2 per session. After this, membership would need to be taken out. The membership year starts on 1 April, and anyone joining from 1 October onwards is charged half the relevant annual fee (for new members only).

4. Q: What are the current membership fees?

A: The membership fees are fixed annually at the Club's AGM. For up to date information on the annual fees and membership forms, see HERE

5. Q: Can I pay membership on line?

A: Yes - please complete the online Junior Registation form    HERE- when a place become available a electronic invoice will be sent to you from England Athletics  

7. Q: Do you have any provision for disabled athletes?

A: Yes. We currently have disabled athletes in our Junior Section and welcome all athletes regardless of their disability. We support disabled throws and can provide seated provisions for our throwers. Our throws coach has experience of coaching both able bodied and disabled athletes.

10. Q: Is there a family membership?

A: Yes, there is a special rate for a family from 3 or more members. For information on the annual fee rate for families see HERE

11. Q: Can I pay the membership fees by instalments?

A: Normally members pay the full fee at the start of the membership year, but in special circumstances instalment arrangements can be made with the Membership Secretary, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

12. Q: Does membership give me England Athletics affiliation?

A: Yes, the Club is affiliated to England Athletics and all members qualify for all the privileges of membership, see this website:ENGLAND ATHLETICS

Training issues

13. Q: When are training sessions?

A: Our main training sessions are held from our Clubhouse at 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Coaches, may organise additional more
sessions at other times.

14. Q: What sorts of sessions do you offer?

A: Full information on the training sessions delivered for juniors in all age groups is given on this website:


15. Q: What type of kit do I need?

A: We recommend a pair of trainers and lightweight clothes. We recommend that juniors bring a drink of water and a waterproof top.

In colder weather we recommend wearing layers, so that outer layers (such as rain jackets) can be removed.

In the autumn and winter when it may be dark, we advise all athletes to wear high visibility items. Some groups do run off site. The Club has a small stock of high vis gilets which it lends out on training nights.

The Club also currently stocks vests with the LMAC logo in a range of sizes for juniors which can be purchased during training sessions – currently £15 per vest. These are required if an athlete represents the Club.

16. Q: Do I have to wear a Club vest?

A: All competing juniors need to wear a Club vest when racing in events
and competitions, but otherwise you are not expected to wear one.

17. Q: Can my child take part in competitions and events, representing the Club?

A: The Club takes part in many leagues and competitions. Juniors are expected, other commitments permitting, to represent the club at appropriate fixtures.

The Mid Lancs League Track & Field League is one in which any athlete in Year 6 or above can take part. Club Members travel around the north-west to many quality venues. The league is really designed to introduce youngsters to competition, but with no real pressure on them. This is their website:
There are also county, area and national championships for Track and Field athletics.

We also compete in the Mid Lancs XC (cross country)league – which
includes U11s and in County, area and national cross country events.

The Youth Development League is specifically for male and female athletes in the under 20, under 17, under 15 and under 13 age groups.
This is the website:  UK YDL

18. Q: What about safety?

A: LMAC have adopted the England Athletics Child Protection Policy, and use Qualified Coaches who are subject to UK Athletics Code of Conduct. General sessions are supervised by experienced coaches registered and DBS checked. The Club has an anti - bullying policy and a welfare/child protection officer.

Other issues

19. Q: Does the Club host its own races or competitions.

A: The Club usually hosts an annual Junior Road Championship, and also helps to host one cross country event (which may be held elsewhere, such as Ryelands Park). There is a special, very popular candlelit run before Christmas for both juniors and adults. We also try and host
a Mid Lancs track and field fixture most seasons. The Club organises a race for families as well as regular runners, the 4k Festive Fun Run, just after Christmas.

20. Q: Does Club membership qualify me for discounts at local shops?

A: There are some local shops, including the Runners Centre in King Street, Lancaster, which give a discount on purchases which relate to athletics and running, typically 10%.

21. Q: Does the Club organise any social events?

A: There is usually a presentation evening and near Christmas, there is
an adult/junior candlelit race evening which is followed by an enjoyable buffet.

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