Where it all begins

Academy sessions provide young athletes, from school year 4 and above, the opportunity to try different events and hone the fundamental skills that are required to flourish in athletics.

Academy sessions take place on a Monday and Wednesday evening at Whitehall athletics cub and led by Head Academy Coach, Dean Garrett. Athletes will have the chance to take part in different sessions throughout the evening, from Javelin to long-jump and sprints to distance. For more information or to ask any further questions, get in touch using the contact form below.

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Please note that due to the very high popularity of our Junior Academy sessions you may be put on a waiting list before you can attend sessions. Please get in touch using the contact form below before attending your first session.



Dean Garrett is a highly experienced multi-discipline coach who specialises in working with and honing the skills of junior athletes. Dean is a level 2 coach in 'Children in Athletics - Jumps and Speed' and has integral in the success of the academy arm of Bristol and West AC.

Dean's role is to lead and oversee academy training sessions and also to ensure all junior athletes are provided with the opportunities required to flourish and grow within the sport.


Our aim at the academy arm of Bristol and West AC is to provide all children and young athletes with opportunities to train under the guidance of experienced coaches and to put their training into practice in events and competition.


As well as creating a safe and fun environment for all academy athletes, regardless of ability, we also aim to nurture talent and provide a pathway for those who wish to pursue athletics at higher levels of competition.

We aim to educate our young athletes and provide them with the tools they need to continue enjoying and succeeding in athletics well beyond their junior years.



Not sure if academy sessions are right for you? Get in touch using our contact form below:

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We take great care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our club members, and especially our academy members. We have dedicated safeguarding and health and safety officers who you can contact if you have any concerns or queries regarding these matters at the club.

Welfare/Child Protection Officers: Paul Jefferson and Emma Withers

Health and Safety Officer – Paul Owen