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

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

2017 YDL UPPER Age Group South/West Division 1A Teams
Ealing St Marys – composite
Guildford & Godalming AC
Team Hounslow
Team Oxfordshire – composite
Thames Valley Harriers
Vale of Aylesbury

2017 YDL UPPER Age Group South/West 1B Dates and Venues
Sunday 30th April – Guildford, GU1 1UP
Sunday 28th May – Perivale Athletic Track, Ealing, UB6 8TJ
Sunday 25th June – Perivale Athletic Track, Ealing, UB6 8TJ
Sunday 23rd July – Horspath Athletics Centre, Oxford, OX4 2RR

2017 YDL LOWER Age Group Central Division 1  Teams
Cambridge Harriers (Kent)
Chiltern Harriers
St Mary’s Richmond AC
Thames Valley Harriers
Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets
Vale of Aylesbury
Wycombe Phoenix Harriers

2017 YDL LOWER Age Group Central Division 1 Dates and Venues
Saturday 22nd April – Bannister Park, Harrow, HA3 6SW
Saturday 20th May – Linford Christie Stadium (Home), W12 0AE
Sunday 18th June – Mile End, E14 7TW
Saturday 15th July – Hemel Hempstead, HP2 4JS


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 suncream. 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

2 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.



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