Junior Development Squad



The Junior Running Group is perfect for Kids of all ages and ability levels. a blended hour of exercises, running, strength and games are included in the sessions.


Parkrun is a free timed 5k run which takes part every Saturday worldwide at 8 am register free at parkrun.com.au

Remember don’t forget your barcode. #DFYB


With Athletics NSW Affiliated Club, UP Coaching

Restarting Tuesday 1st May, UP Coaching will be hosting a weekly Junior Development Squad Session specifically aimed at children between the ages of 8-14y.

At present, the session locations will follow the locations of the adult Tuesday Performance Group Sessions (or as close as possible). As such, adults are able to take part in the regular TPG session while the Junior Session is on (parents do not need to be present at the Junior Session as the session is fully coached and supervised).

Sessions are always 5pm to 6pm this term, every Tuesday and Thursday. Please see the separate post within this event for location details.

Junior Development Squad Sessions will rotate each week and will be a mix of track training, trail running, hills and cross country based sessions. All sessions will begin with a range of warm-up games, running drills, the main run session and conclude with cool-down activities.

Sessions are open for all children with a passion for improving as runners. Sessions are focused on improving running speed, running pacing, running technique, endurance, overall fitness and of course having fun within a junior squad environment.

Sessions are hosted by qualified UP Coaching Athletics coaches through Athletics Australia; Ben Van Steel and Graham Hand. All coaches have obtained Working with Children Checks and have current First Aid Certificates.

The sessions will be run every Tuesday during NSW School Terms Please see posts within the event for the exact session location each week as locations vary.

All sessions are listed as Events attached to the Facebook Page. Please notify your intention to attend there

UP Coaching is a member of the NSW Active Kids program.

Redeem your $100 voucher today to use with our Junior Development Squad.

Click on the link below for Service NSW vouchers


Pricing –
Term: $80 for the duration of Term 2 (10 Sessions)*
Casual: $10 per session

*If the Term fee is paid, children may also participate in the regular Thursday Track Training (TTT) sessions as part of this fee for the duration of the school term.

The fee is payable at Session.

*FIRST TIME Athletes*
If this is your child’s first session with UP Coaching, and to save time, please print and complete the Consent and Indemnity Form and bring it to the session. This is only necessary once.

Toilets/changing facilities are available at venues.

Weather Policy: It’s always the individual athlete’s prerogative regarding attendance for the outdoor sessions during unideal weather. UP Coaching’s position is: ‘If it’s raining we’re training and heat we can beat, however, if it’s hailing we’re bailing and lightning is frightening so the run…there’s none!’

All inquiries, please email: brendan@upcoaching.com.au
or Facebook message Head Coach Brendan via this page.

Payment Options

Payments for the term can be made in cash, Active Kids vouchers, direct debit, or at training via Eftpos.

Coaches will accept cash for casuals, and Eftpos prior to or after training sessions.


Brendan Davies
Brendan Davies
Head Coach
Graham Hand
Graham Hand
Tim Peatman
Tim Peatman


Saturday parkrun Sessions

Parkrun is a brilliant initiative and here at UP Coaching, we love this concept. Athletes regularly attend parkrun for a tempo or time trial session which includes a thorough warm-up, tempo paced 5km and cool down. Some athletes will run extra distances at a tempo pace after the parkrun, for example, those training for marathons and longer.

Parkruns are a great way to practise racing too! It gives you the opportunity in a relaxed, supportive environment to practise your racing and hone your pre and post-race routines.

UP Coaching athletes regularly attend

Penrith Lakes parkrun

East Richmond parkrun

Nepean River parkrun

Werrington Lakes Reserve parkrun

Rooty Hill parkrun

The Ponds parkrun

Rouse Hill parkrun

Lawson parkrun (trail),

Lithgow Parkrun.

Coaches are regularly in attendance to help and support athletes.

All parkrun sessions start at 7:40, with the 5km parkrun starting at 8am

There is no charge for the Saturday parkrun sessions. Please add UP Coaching as your ‘Club’ during the registration process.

There is no charge for the Saturday parkrun sessions as this is a Free Global Health Initiative.

No need to preregister! Simply turn up, check-in and join in.

Contact Brendan at brendan@upcoaching.com.au if you would like to know any more information.

All sessions (apart from parkruns) are promoted weekly as events on the UP Coaching Facebook Page

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