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Training at AIT Indoor Track

athlone indoor track

Training is scheduled at the AIT Indoor Arena to give our juvenile athletes the opportunity to gain experience on the track in sprints, middle distance and hurdles. It is the time to learn and practice starting blocks, relay teams and field events (high jump, long jump and shot putt) to prepare for upcoming competitions.

Juvenile athletes need be aware of the following Athletics Ireland rules:

  • Age categories change every year on January 1st and are calculated on the age the athlete will be on the 31st December in the year of competition. No athlete may obtain a birthday in the year of competition and compete Under that age. Athletes are confined to their own age group only.
  • A Club Singlet must be worn by every athlete in competition. The Longford AC singlet can be purchased at cost €25.
  • Only 5mm spikes may be used on the track.
  • When entering any field event athletes must be technically proficient and competent in that event in the interest of safety (ie: high jump).
  • Relay Teams only: an athlete can move up one age group as long as at least 2 members of the competing relay team participating in the event on that day are the correct age. For U17, U18, U19 age groups all athletes on the team may move up one age group.
  • IAAF False Start Rules apply. U16+ first false start leads to disqualification.
  • U12, 13, 14, 15. One false start and all are on warning of next false start leading to disqualification
  • Connacht Indoor Championship: U12-U19 age group. Each athlete may compete in maximum of 3 individual events plus a relay team.
  • All athletes U14+ must use starting blocks.
  • Connacht Outdoor Championship: starts at U9 age group. U9-11s compete with a partner as a pair and are only allowed to enter 2 events (with the same partner for both events or a different partner for each event) plus a relay team. U12-19 individuals may compete in maximum of 3 individual events plus a relay team.
  • U12 must do a crouched start. Below U12 standing or crouch start is optional. All athletes U14+ must use starting blocks.

Connacht Track & Field Squads 2018/19

Athletics Ireland has announced the Connacht T&F Squad for 2018\19. This Development Squad is for selected athletes only in the U14-U19 age groups. Athletes are selected based on their Connacht Indoors, Outdoors and Schools Track and Field performances over the past year.

The top 4 athletes in the Sprints, Hurdles, Middle Distance, Long Distance, Steeple, walks and all field events (Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump, Pole Vault, Shot, Discus, Javelin, Hammer) are all selected.

Longford AC Juveniles selected = 16

Girls: Gospel Idahor, Teegan Murphy, Yemi Talabi, Barbie Frias Glagovsky, Kate Hagan, Sarah McPhillips, Yemi Talabi

Boys: Aaron Kelly, Nelvin Appiah, Killian Rawle, Christopher Conaty, Joe Reilly, Brendan Finnan, Davidson Olusanya, Paul Idahor, Auley Thomas

Those selected should register and pay online before the 1st squad day (Nov 11th) using the link below. The cost for all three squad days is €20 which includes a squad t-shirt. Each of the squad days will each contain a different element of coaching.

Date Venue Time
November 11th 2018 Athlone IT 9.30am – 12
December 9th 2018 Athlone IT 9.30am – 12:15
January 6th 2019 Athlone IT 9.30am – 12
April 14th 2019 Athlone IT 10am – 12.30pm

2019 Athletics Ireland Juvenile Age Categories

1. Age categories change every year on January 1st and are calculated on the age the athlete will be on the 31st December in the year of competition.

2. No athlete may obtain a birthday in the year of competition and compete in that age.

  • U9 = Born 2011 /Child will be age 8 years old in 2019
  • U10 = Born 2010 /Child will be age 9 years old in 2019
  • U11 = Born 2009 /Child will be age 10 years old in 2019
  • U12 = Born 2008 /Child will be age 11 years old in 2019
  • U13 = Born 2007 /Child will be age 12 years in 2019
  • U14 = Born 2006 /Child will be age 13 years in 2019
  • U15 = Born 2005 /Child will be age 14 years in 2019
  • U16 = Born 2004 /Child will be age 15 years in 2019
  • U17 = Born 2003 /Child will be age 16 years in 2019
  • U18 = Born 2002 /Child will be age 17 years in 2019
  • U19 = Born 2001 /Child will be age 18 years in 2019
  • Juniors aged 16-19 years old (2003-2000)

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Longford, March 2019

The Club would like to organise a group entry of children for this year’s Longford St. Patrick’s Day Parade. If your child would like to be involved and march with the Longford AC group please give your child’s name and a contact number to Paul Grealy\John Fitzpatrick at Little Athletics so we can send you more details.

If any parent is interested to help co-ordinate or has any ideas for a theme we’d love to hear your input!

Ganly’s Longford Sports Star Awards 2018

The Annual Longford Sports Star Awards for 2018 take place this Friday evening, November 16th at The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule. This is the 2nd year Ganley’s have sponsored the Awards which are organised by the Longford Sports Partnership and the Longford Leader to recognise the achievements of Longford athletes in a wide variety of sports from local level progressing to provincial, national and international platforms.

It was fantastic to see several Longford Athletics Club members, Adrianna Melia, Issy Masterson, Yemi and Funmi Talabi, all selected in the monthly categories. Congratulations to both Nelvin Appiah and Cian McPhillips who will be presented with a memento on the night for being voted as one of the monthly winners. Several of the juvenile coaches will be in attendance on the night and are all looking forward to hear Guest of Honour John Treacy, the CEO of Sport Ireland, Irish Olympian and cross country World Champion.

There will be great anticipation on the night to hear who has been selected Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Community/Club Volunteer of the Year, Hall of Fame inductee and Sports Ability Award.

ganleys 2018 awards

ganleys 2018 awards

Secondary School Athletes – Indoor Strength & Conditioning

For 6 weeks, starting on Monday November 12th, 6:55-8pm in the gymnasium at The Mall.

Pilates Instruction- new training initiative for competing teenage athletes


Pilates instruction was recently introduced as a new training initiative for competing teenage athletes. Pilates is a series of supervised exercises built on each week with emphasis on alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core (muscles of the abdomen, low back, and hips), leading to the benefit of improving coordination and balance.

15 of the Club’s top performing teenage athletes were offered a 6 week block of Pilates instruction in May-June this year. This pilot project was aimed at the secondary school athletes that had the most potential to do well in the upcoming Outdoor Track & Field season at both Club and school competitions. Although not all were available to attend a group of 10 took the opportunity to try it and learned new skills. Lisa Burns from Longford Fitness put them through their paces each week. The small group ensured individual attention to getting the controlled movements right.

A booklet on Nutrition prepared by Coaching Ireland with emphasis on healthy choices for competition days and what to eat after exercise for recovery was given to each participant. Every week healthy snacks were provided, giving the teenagers examples that they can easily do for themselves. The importance of hydration before and after exercise as well demonstrations of the correct techniques for using a foam roller were also part of the classes.

The Club is undertaking a project through the Healthy Ireland Fund to promote athletics across the county and to introduce new skills and events to underage athletes. Financial support is gratefully acknowledged from Longford LCDC, Pobal, Healthy Ireland and the Department of Health.

Come and Try Athletics

Longford Athletics Club ‘Come & Try’ demonstration
September 29, 4-6pm
At Moyne Community School

come and try athletics


Little Athletics and Juvenile Training Restarting

Little Athletics and Juvenile training are restarting this Friday Sept 7th at the Mall, 7-8pm.

For Little Athletics parents are requested to stay in the gym with their child for the hour.

2 important things to note for juvenile training this year:

  1. Children will not be allowed to walk thru the carpark alone so all parents will have to come over in person to collect their child when training finishes.
  2. No bathroom breaks will be allowed during the 1 hour session as we do not have enough adults to supervise bringing children inside the building. Parents please make sure all children take care of this before the training session starts.

Both Little Athletics and Juvenile groups need new adult volunteers to help every week. No experience necessary, you can learn on the job. It would be great if several parents took turns on a rotating basis as the large numbers of children requires more adult supervision.

Athletics Ireland Juvenile 2017 Star Awards

17 February 2018 at the Tullamore Court Hotel

Cian McPhillips was named Juvenile 2017 Star for Longford for the second year in a row at the Athletics Ireland Juvenile Awards Banquet at the Tullamore Court Hotel on February 17th. The Annual Juvenile Awards ceremony has become one of the highlights of each year, acknowledging excellence in individual performance at National and International level.

Juvenile athletics in Ireland had a stellar year in 2017 as 68 new records were set across a wide variety of events. Guest speaker Patsy McGonagle, former Irish Athletics Team Manager at World and Olympic level, stressed the huge importance of support and leadership that parents, volunteers and coaches give to young athletes from their foundation at Club level upwards that enables them to develop their natural talent. In his inspirational talk he emphasised the range of opportunities available to the young athletes, encouraging them that dedication to training, good decision making with parents involved and utilising their talents would see further success in the coming year.

Longford Athletic Club has gone from strength to strength over the last five years and the Club is delighted to see its juvenile members performing at Provincial, National and International level. At U16 Cian’s top performances included National 800m Champion in both indoor and outdoor track, National U16 5000m Cross Country Champion and All-Ireland Silver in 1500m He earned two caps for Ireland competing in both the Celtic Games and Antrim International Cross Country where his individual Gold at each added to success for Ireland winning team Gold as well at both outings. Cian, son of Paddy and Laura McPhillips, is currently a Junior Cert student at Moyne Community School and will be competing in next weekend’s Connacht Indoor Championships at Athlone IT.

Previous Juvenile Star Awards winners for Longford were Paul Brady (1999), Elizabeth Brady (2000, 2001, 2002) and Claire Collins (2004).