If you’re reading this page then you are very likely new to either Athletics in general or VP-Glasgow in particular.
This page should explain to you how the Club functions and what levels of competition are open to our members. We’ve also highlighted some frequently asked questions which might be of interest to you.
We are based within Scotstoun Stadium on Danes Drive, Glasgow. We have been here since we were formed in 1929.
Our website (www.vp-glasgow.co.uk) is our central point of communication, so please add it to your favourites & visit it regularly for updates on training times and venues.
We welcome members of all ages and abilities and encourage participation in training as well as various events from Club to National or even International level.
If you are new to the track environment, you should follow this link to some advice on track etiquette.
Athletes can compete for the Club when they are 9 years of age or older. Age groups are defined as below for both training and competition:
U11 aged 9 or 10 & not 11 before 31 August next, U13 aged 11 or 12 & not 13 before 31 August next, U15 aged 13 or 14 & not 15 before 31 August next, U17 aged 15 or 16 & not 17 before 31 August next, U20 aged 17, 18 or 19 & not 20 before 31 August next and Seniors – 20 & over.
If you are not already in a training group, you should seek advice from the Club Secretary. There should be a training group that caters for either your peer group or your chosen specialty, i.e. Sprints, Jumps or Endurance.
At the beginning of September annually, athletes from the U13 training group should move on to either a specialist group or the U15 training group.
Athletes must acquire their own Club Vest or Crop Top in order to compete. They can be purchased at Achilles Heel, 593 Great Western Road, Glasgow G12 8HX.
Our Club enters various League competitions at different age levels. If you/your child are interested in being selected for a team event, please notify your coach or team manager (team manager details are on the Contacts page of the website for the different groups). We hope to have fixtures for these events updated regularly on our website. Competition is available for U11s in the Scottish Athletic Indoor League (SAIL) and the Central and South Of Scotland League (CSSAL).
Our U13’s and U15’s compete in the Scottish Athletic Indoor League (SAIL), the Central and South Of Scotland League (CSSAL), the Young Athletes League (YAL) and the Scottish Womens League. The priority for any athlete in this age group should be to compete in the YAL.
The U17’s compete in the Scottish Athletic Indoor League (SAIL), the Central and South Of Scotland League (CSSAL), the Young Athletes League (YAL) the Scottish Womens League, the Scottish Athletic (Mens) League and in the National Junior League as part of the composite Team Glasgow. The priority at this age group should always be the YAL.
The U20’s compete in the Scottish Athletic Indoor League (SAIL), the Central and South Of Scotland League (CSSAL), the Scottish Womens League, the Scottish Athletic (Mens) League and in the National Junior League as part of the composite Team Glasgow. The priority at this age group should always be the National Junior League.
The Seniors compete in the Central and South Of Scotland League (CSSAL), the Scottish Womens League, the Scottish Athletic (Mens) League, the UK Womens Athletic League and the British Athletic League Cup if they are also a member of Glasgow City AC.
Specific events are available for Veterans in the Central and South Of Scotland League (CSSAL).
Team Managers are normally selected from volunteers at our Annual General Meeting. Although some have a coaching background, most are parents of competing children. If you would like to become involved, make yourself available to assist one of the managers at a league meeting, you’ll soon become indispensable, or contact the Club Secretary.
You must be a member of Scottish Athletics to compete, either for the Club or as an individual.
Fixtures for all Scottish Athletics events are listed on their website www.scottishathletics.org.uk. If you/your child wishes to compete, they will need to register through this website (or by phone to their office) for a Scottish Athletics registration number which needs to be quoted when registering at any competition. This registration number is used when linking to the ranking site Power of Ten (www.powerof10.info). Registering is free for the first year for athletes under 20 years of age.
Regular checks of our News page, Calendar and Message Board will keep you updated and hopefully make you feel involved and part of our Club. Please feel free to contact us via any of the links or through the Message Board. You can also speak to a Coach on training nights.
We would also be delighted for anyone to volunteer to help on a training night, either on a regular or ad hoc basis. If you’re having to wait whilst your child is training, what better way of keeping warm than joining in – no training required, just a willingness to lend a hand!
Enjoy your Athletics year. We hope you get the most out of your membership of our Club and feel a valued part of a team.