UK Youth Development League

UK Youth Development League (YDL) is a UK wide league with 5 regions; Scotland, North, Midlands / Wales and South and Northern Ireland. The League is supported by UK Athletics, the governing body of the sport. This league is an amalgamation of the National Junior League and the National Young Athletes League, its first matches started in 2013.

From the outset, the YDL has provided opportunities right across the spectrum of events and the technical events in particular have benefited as athletes compete over hurdles and weights of their throwing implements are appropriate for their age.

The YDL is divided into two distinct age groups:

  • Upper Age Group for u17 (U17 on 31st August of competition year) and u20 (U20 on 31st December of competition year), (school years 10 to 13 including those slightly older but are still under 20 years old on 31st December in year of competition.
  • Lower Age Group for u13 (U13 on 31st August of competition year) and u15 (U15 on 31st August of competition year), (school years 6 to 9).

TVH compete in Southern Section of the League for both age groups. Many good individual and team performances have been achieved by TVH athletes in the YDL. The Lower Age Group team was promoted in 2013 and the Upper Age Group was promoted in 2014. Both teams now compete in Division 1. There are 4 rounds of competition annually where all teams in the same division compete against each other in each round.

All clubs need to provide Timekeepers, Track Judges and Field Officials for every match. Each official score 5 points per match, TVH are expected to provide a minimum of 7 officials in each match. If you are interested in becoming an official or a volunteer for the team please contact John Husbands (

Team Managers

Upper Age Group – Manuel da Silva

Lower Age Group – Jenni Slader

Parents / friends / athletes who are interested in helping with Team Management. Please contact the relevant age group manager if you can help.

2018 YDL UPPER Age Group Division 2A Teams
Ealing St Marys – composite
Hillingdon AC
Team Hounslow
Team Oxfordshire – composite
Thames Valley Harriers
Vale of Aylesbury

2018 YDL UPPER Age Group Division 2A Dates and Venues
Sunday 29th April – Horspath Athletics Centre, Oxford, OX4 2RR
Sunday 27th May – Uxbridge, Hillingdon, HA4 7TJ
Sunday 1st July – Perivale Athletic Track, Ealing, UB6 8TJ
Sunday 29th July – Tilsley Park, Abingdon, OX14 1PU

2018 YDL LOWER Age Group Central Division 2  Teams
Belgrave Harriers
Cambridge Harriers (Kent)
Dartford Harriers
Hercules Wimbledon
Holland Sports
Reigate Priory AC
Team Hounslow
Thames Valley Harriers

2018 YDL LOWER Age Group Central Division 1 Dates and Venues
Saturday 21st April – Battersea Park Millennium Arena, SW11 4NJ
Saturday 19th May – Central Park, Dartford, DA1 1JP
Sunday 17th June – Sutcliffe Park , SE12 8DB
Saturday 21st July – Linford Christie Stadium (Home), W12 0AE


All athletes should be putting themselves forward for selection to compete in these matches. Selection initially will be based on known performances. Information from coaches will also be taken into consideration for all matches.

Transport & Timetables

TVH provide coaches to YDL away matches as it is proven this has improved our success. The YDL is an all-day event so please put it in your diary, if you think you might be competing in this league. For all meetings, please make sure you have your own vest, lunch, refreshments, correct shoes and equipment, layers of clothing and sunscreen. For home matches and those who make their own travel arrangements should arrive in plenty of time to warm-up.

Upper Age Group: YDL Upper 2017 Timetable

Lower Age Group: YDL Lower 2017 Timetable

3 thoughts on “UK Youth Development League”

  1. Hello,

    Im really interested into getting into athletics again, and as I am 19 the Upper Age Group for YDL caught my eye. I used to do sprint training as a junior (12-15) for the 200m.
    I am currently at Goldsmiths university but they do not have an athletics club. I am a rower for Thames RC and the University of London, training approximately 7 times a week ( Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, SaturdayX2, SundayX2) however as I’m a student I find this fairly easy to fit in and would love to see if I could take up Track training again… it’s been a while but i’d love to give it a shot.

    If someone could get in contact that would be great,

    Many thanks,


  2. Hi Hayley,

    Feel free to come down the track on a Tuesday or Thursday night (from 6.30pm onwards) and you can join in on the sprint session.

    You need to a member of TVH in order to compete for us.



  3. Hello,
    I am currently 16 years old and I have been running the 100m sprint for 3 years (12 – 15yrs). I recently moved to London and am finding it difficult to find an athletics club. I was wondering if there is a place for me in this club to train as a sprinter? Also what if I simply want to train for sprints to keep up my record and general fitness but am not as interested in competing in competitions, or what if I DO want to compete in competitions, would the trainings differ for each?

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