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. There are 4 rounds of competition annually where all teams in the same division compete against each other in each round.

In 2019, TVH created a new YDL Upper Age group composite team with Ealing Southall and Middlesex, called Team West London. Composite teams are widely used in the Upper Age group, Team West London is an opportunity for our U17 and U20 athletes to move up the divisions and compete against the best teams in the country.

All clubs in both YDL age groups 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 Kirsty Addy (kirsty.tvh@gmail.com).

Team Managers

Upper Age Group – Jenni Slader j.slader@gmail.com
Upper Age Group – Manuel da Silva da_silva_5000@hotmail.com

Lower Age Group – Amber Simukonda  ambwene@hotmail.com

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

2019 YDL UPPER Age Group Division 2A Teams
Croydon Harriers
Guildford & Godalming AC
Herne Hill Harriers
St Mary’s Richmond AC
Stevenage & North Herts AC
Team West London (Thames Valley Harriers with Ealing, Southall and Middlesex)
Vale of Aylesbury AC

2019 YDL UPPER Age Group Division 2A Dates and Venues
Sunday 28th April – Ridlins Athletics Track, Stevenage, SG2 9PB
Sunday 26th May – Perivale Athletic Track, Ealing, UB6 8TJ
Sunday 30th June – Spectrum Athletic Stadium, Guildford, GU1 1UP
Sunday 28th July – Croydon Sports Arena, Croydon, SE25 4QL

2019 YDL LOWER Age Group Central Division 1  Teams
Chiltern Harriers AC
Harrow AC
Hillingdon AC
St Mary’s Richmond AC
Team Bedfordshire (composite)
Thames Valley Harriers
Vale of Aylesbury AC
Wycombe Phoenix H & AC

2019 YDL LOWER Age Group Central Division 1 Dates and Venues
Saturday 27th April – Bannister Sports Centre, Harrow, HA3 6SW
Saturday 18th May – Hillingdon Athletics Stadium, Uxbridge, UB8 1ES
Saturday 22th June – Biggleswade Athletics Track, Sandy, SG19 1RR
Saturday 21st July – Linford Christie Stadium (Home), W12 0AE

Selection

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 with final selections being made one week before each match.

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 2019 Timetable

Lower Age Group: YDL Lower 2019 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,

    Hayley

  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.

    Thanks

    Amber

  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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