If you are interested in coming along to a Junior Training Session please email welcomedesk@exeterharriers.org.uk

The Junior Section meets for an hour from 6.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday at Exeter Arena.

The Junior Group is coached by school years with min age 8 on the day up to a maximum of school year 9 athletes. The coaching works on a rotation basis with athletes coached by year groups with years 3 and 4 and 8 & 9 being coached together whilst years 5, 6 & 7 by individual year groups. Athletes participate in one activity per session, although all activities do include some running during the session. Over the course of the rotation cycle all athletes will receive coaching in

  • Jumps
  • Throws
  • Endurance
  • Sprints
  • Hurdles (Thursday’s only at present)
  • Pole Vault – athletes, with an interest in pole vault, who are in the U15 age group can also participate in this when the visiting coach is at the Club.

The group sizes do vary over the season, and large groups may be split into 2 separate groupings, where necessary. Availability of specialist technical coaches for some of the event groups may mean that the rotation is not always perfect.

Competing at one of the above can then enable young athletes to attain a result eligible to participate in the ESSA award scheme, further details below.


Exeter Harriers participates in the English Schools Award Scheme. Young Athletes may gain both individual and Combined Events Awards, with badges being available at each level (Level One through to Gold) for the following;

Sprints, Distance, Hurdles, Jumps, High Jump, Throws, Combined Events.

All athletes in the U15 age group and below will be automatically enrolled in the scheme.  Please email ESAA@exeterharriers.org.uk if you have any queries about the scheme or speak to Mel or Rebecca on the Welcome Desk.

Details of Primary Scheme (pdf version)

Details of Secondary Scheme (pdf version)