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Nithsdale   Athletic   Club

Club Kit
Club History
Nithsdale AC strives to offer as much competition for the athletes as possible

Entry to most competitions is dependant on being an individual member of scottishathletics

Subsidised travel is normally offered to league matches

Club competition
League competition
Open meetings
Cross country
Age groups
Other information
Club competition

Competitions take place sometimes on training nights, mainly for the younger athletes 

There are no prizes apart from the satisfation of racing faster or jumping further than you have before 

League competition

Nithsdale AC competes in two leagues this season
Only paid up club members are allowed to represent the club in league competition
There is no entry fee payable for league meetings

Scottish Youth Development League
We compete in the Central Division of this UK-wide league with three competitions each season where each athletic event is presented at least twice and the age groups covered are Under 13; Under 15; Under 17. As the club does not have enough competing athletes, we have registered as a Composite Club - Team DG  with Annan & District and Stewartry AC.

Only two athletes can represent the club in each event and are classed as A and B string competitors

Central and South Scotland League
We compete in Division 3 of the league with three competitions this season

Again each athletic event is presented twice with only one triple jump competition for the older athletes

Only two athletes can represent the club in each event and are classed as A and B string competitors

Open meetings

There are open track and field meetings at Ravenscraig, Glasgow and Grangemouth during the winter.  During the summer season, there are open competitions held around the country. The club tries to hold one open meeting in Dumfries in April and August/September each year, depending on resources. Details are on the scottishathletics and this website

Entry fees need to be paid to the host club either in advance or on the day

Coaches will encourage athletes to attend open meetings hosted by other clubs and transport may be arranged where appropriate

Cross country
During the winter athletes are encouraged to attend cross country meetings either for serious competition or for training purposes

Entry fees are always payable to the host club usually on the day of competition


 The best event for club athletes to attend is the West District championships in May

 Those who are finalists or medallists are encouraged to enter the National Championships

National schools championships are heldin June each year and entry must be made via the relevant school PE Department

Entries to championships always have to be submitted to scottishathletics in advance.  Entry forms are sent to every member athlete twice a year.  Entries can be made by post or phone direct to the scottishathletics office and paid for by credit/debit card

Age groups

Athletes compete within their own age groups and age is taken for competition purposes as the athlete's age on 31st August in the competition year i.e. the end of the normal  track and field season. However Scottish Athletics have been running championships using even age groups at Under 13, 15 and 17- age as at 31st December in the year of competition. 

Cross country competition is from September onwards and the athletes remain in the same age group as the previous track season

Winter indoor track and field competition is from January onwards and age groups change to the following summer track and field season ages

Under 11 is age 9 or 10 and not 11 before 31st August
Under 13 is 11 or 12 and not 13 before 31st August
Under 17 is 15 or 16 and not 17 before 31st August 
Under 20 is 17 18 or 19 and not 20 before 31st December in the competition year

Other information

Current subsidised bus fares are:

    Athlete £5
    Each other family member, adult or athlete £2

When travelling to competitions, especially league meetings, athletes are asked to bring a packed lunch, warm jacket (preferably waterproof) and a change of clothes in case of rain

Athletes are reminded that they are representing the club and are expected to behave well at all times.  Misbehaviour  will be reported to parents and may mean exclusion from the team in future

Anyone taking part in league competitions or championships must be registered members of scottishathletics. The annual costs is £5

Athletes with athsma or, in fact, any condition requiring them to take any sort of medication must declare this as regulated by the sport's anti-doping laws.  See the conditions laid down by UK:Athletics