Academy Overview

Larne Athletic Club Junior Academy

On behalf of Larne Athletic Club Junior Academy, we would like to welcome your child into the club.  Our Junior Academy hopes to provide opportunities for young people between the ages of 8 and 17 to receive coaching and competition opportunities in Athletics.  All coaching is carried out by qualified volunteer Athletics Coaches and Athletics Coaching Assistants, who give up their time for free, and who are trained and screened for their suitability for working with young people.  As an athletics club, we are committed to providing quality coaching for all young athletes. 

We appreciate that as your child gets older other sporting interests, school exams etc. can interfere with their training.  As there is a lengthy waiting list for entry into the club we would ask that you only consider membership if your child is committed to regular attendance.   

Training Times and Days

Training sessions run on a Friday evening, with sessions starting at 6.30pm and finishing at 8.00 pm. All training will be held at Larne High School, unless otherwise notified.

All training can be subject to change due to holiday periods, coach availability, weather conditions and availability of facilities.  Should there be a change to training; a member of the coaching team will contact you as soon as possible, by text message, email, or Facebook.

Junior Athletics Coaches

Sammy Drummond              UKA Athletics Coach

Julie Allen                              UKA Coaching Assistant

Ian Brennan                           UKA Coaching Assistant

Geraldine Hastings               UKA Coaching Assistant

Sean McAllister                     UKA Coaching Assistant

Marty McKay                         UKA Coaching Assistant

Emma McKeen                      UKA Coaching Assistant

Rhonda Montgomery            UKA Coaching Assistant

All Coaches and Coaching Assistants are Access NI cleared to work with children

Safeguarding Children 

Larne Junior Academy is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its members. The club believes that it is very important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times and show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others.  Therefore members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with the Child Protection Officer.

  • Child Protection Officers

 The club currently has two fully trained Child Protection Officers who are responsible for ensuring that our safeguarding policies are implemented.  The Child Protection Officers can be contacted in person; by phone, text message or email at any time should you or your child have any concerns.

 First Aiders

There will be a trained first aider at all club sessions.

Current First Aid Qualified Coaches are as follows…

  • Ian Brennan
  • Sammy Drummond
  • Marty McKay

Travel Arrangements

Arrangements should be made for your child to travel to and from training sessions and any competitions.

Children should arrive at least 5 minutes before training starts and must be collected promptly at the end of the session.  Failure to arrive on time for training disrupts the sessions for coaches and the other children.  The first part of any session is a warm up, and failure to complete a full warm up could result in injury during training.  Parents of consistently late attenders will be contacted.

If something unforeseen happens and you are going to be late picking your child up, please contact a member of the coaching team on 07999390718.   Please save this number into your contacts.  It can be distressing for a child to be the last person left to be collected, and it can be very cold for your child if they are standing outside.  The coaches arrive at the session early and cannot leave the training session until everyone is collected, so please show them consideration.

Training kit

Please ensure your child turns up to training in appropriate clothing for athletics and weather conditions.

Club Membership Registration

The Academy has a yearly membership fee of £10.00 from April to March annually. Training sessions are charged at £4.00 per session thereafter (subject to change) and family discount available. Club fees are used to cover the cost of facility hire, equipment and coaching /training. All funds go towards the benefit of club members. All registered Academy members will be registered with Athletics NI.

Throughout the year attendance is recorded and parents will be contacted if attendance is poor.  An absence without notification (and agreement/approval of coaches) of more than 4 weeks will result in your place being offered to someone on the waiting list.  Membership fees will not be refundable.

When the Academy numbers are full we operate a waiting list situation and will notify the relevant parents as soon as a place is available ( please note this may be age relevant pending group sizes )

Codes of Conduct

The following adopted codes of conduct for Larne Athletic Club are available to view and read on the Larne Athletic Club website – and are located to view under the ‘About’ tab.

  • Code of Conduct for Athletic Clubs
  • Code of Conduct for Coaches
  • Code of Conduct for Parents / People with Parental Responsibility
  • Code of Conduct for Athletes

All coaches and volunteers representing the club sign and agree to these codes committing them to the values of this club.

Please ensure you and your child go through the codes of conduct together.  If you return your membership form we will assume that you and your child have read and agreed to these codes.

This is part of the clubs commitment to providing a positive learning environment for your child.

Club Policies

 The following adopted club policies for Larne Athletic Club are available to view and read on the Larne Athletic Club website – and are located to view under the ‘About’ tab. We would ask that you make yourself familiar with them.

  • Larne Athletic Club Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Safeguarding & Protecting Children in Athletics

 Photography and Recorded Images

 Larne Athletic Club Junior Academy recognises the need to ensure the welfare and safety of all young people in athletics.

In accordance with the UK Athletics child protection policy and procedures, we will not permit photographs, video or other images of children/young people to be taken without the consent of the parents/carers and children/young people.

Larne Athletic Club Junior Academy will follow the guidance for the use of photographs a copy of which is available from the Child Protection Officer or

Larne Athletic Club Junior Academy will take all possible steps to ensure these images are used solely for the purposes they are intended. If you become aware that these images are being used inappropriately you should inform the Child Protection Officer immediately.

 Medical Information

For the safety of your child it is important that the club is informed of any medical conditions, disabilities or allergies that may be relevant during the year, should your child fall ill or be involved in an accident while at the club.  This information is only shared on a need-to-know basis.  Please email or speak to any of the the Child Protection Officers, Geraldine Hastings, Marty McKay if there are any changes throughout the year.

Children should not turn up at training with known injuries/illness which prevents them from completing the full training session.  We regularly have children turning up to training saying, for example… “I have an injured ankle/knee/arm or I was sick today but mum/dad says I’ll be ok for training…etc…so I can’t do everything tonight..!”  Please do not send a child to training with an injury or illness.  Your child must be able to complete all aspects of the training session.  If they have an injury or illness they need to rest in order for them to have a quicker recovery.

It is very important that children who use inhalers bring them to training.  If they are going to leave them with the Coach please ensure the inhaler is labelled with their name or initials.

If your child is required to carry an epi-pen, please discuss this immediately with a member of the Coaching Team.


Whilst it is not compulsory to compete for our club, we would ask that you consider entering your child into a least one event during the year.  There are many to choose from (Cross Country, Road Races, Fun Runs, Track & Field Events) and we will pass this information to you throughout the year.  This will ensure that all the good training and time invested by your child and their coach is put to good use.  There are lots of fun low key events for those who are not looking for serious competition.

If your child also participates at events through school or junior parkrun, parkruns etc. we would be grateful if you can let us know, as it’s always nice to hear when they’ve done well in an event.  We are always proud of our young athletes for giving it a go…. no matter what place they come.

Parental Support 

We welcome parents to all training session and competitions, and we value your support, please feel free to stay and watch.

Stay in Touch

There are a number of ways in which we will keep in contact with you….

There is a closed parents only Facebook Group – Larne Junior Academy Parents Group

This is the preferred main way that we provide information to parents.

We also have a Junior Academy Facebook Page – Larne AC Junior Academy

There is also a group for kit information – KIT for L.A.C Junior Academy

We also have a Twitter Page – Larne AC Juniors

Larne Athletic Club have a website, in which there is a section for Juniors.

 Email –

Telephone  – 07999390718

Thank you for choosing Larne Junior Academy.

We look forward to working with you and your child.If you would like to talk to someone at the club about the information contained in this correspondence, or your child’s involvement with the club, please contact any of the other coaches after training.

Yours sincerely,

Larne Junior Academy Coaching Team