Aspiring Athletes

Athletics


The Aspiring Athlete Camp is back this summer with an Athletics programme focused towards the 12-15-year-old athlete. The camp will be led by the Head of Athletics at Millfield School alongside the Millfield athletics coaches. The camp provides a great opportunity to develop technical skills, try different events and learn ways to develop practical and workshop-based activities.

Millfield jumper competing in house athletics competition
Girls on the starting line for the annual house athletics competition
House Athletics competition, May 2021
Millfield Hurdler and Sixth Form student Jami Schlueter competing in a hurdling event
Two teenagers on a running track

THE COACHING TEAM

Director of Athletics

Neil Wheeler,  Head of Athletics
at Millfield School

Neil Wheeler

Head of Athletics at Millfield School

Neil joined Millfield with a National Governing Body (NGB) background, having held positions in coaching and coach development with Welsh Athletics and British Athletics.

A former National Sprints, Hurdles and Relays Manager for Wales and Strength and Conditioning Coach with the University of Bristol, Neil brings a range of coaching experience supporting athletes at domestic championships, European Championships and the Commonwealth Games.

Emily Leonard 

Emily Leonard

Emily Leonard (nee Diamond) joined Millfield in September 2023 as a recently retired professional 400m athlete. With an international career spanning 14 years, she has been to three Olympic Games with a career highlight of winning a bronze medal for Team GB in the 4x400m relay at the Rio Olympics in 2016. 

As a Sprints and Hurdles coach, Emily is able to combine her knowledge of competing at the highest level, with the event-specific coaching elements to help nurture the next generation of athletes. 

Emily has also mentored several young athletes on the British Athletics Youth Development Programme.


COURSE STRUCTURE

The Aspiring Athletes camp provides a perfect balance of core technical sessions and educational workshops to help develop our athletes with the fundamental knowledge to not only enhance their performance but also develop the mindset of an athlete.

Technical sessions include dedicated track and field sessions, general conditioning, mobility and skill development. Educational workshop sessions covering a variety of topics including planning training, competition, nutrition and mentality preparation.

Nutrition                                    

Nutrition is essential for maximizing the benefits of physical activity. For any athlete, eating the right types of food will help reap those benefits but understanding why is just a important!

As an integral part of our camp structure, participants engage in an enlightening nutrition lecture that aims to empower young athletes with knowledge that extends beyond the track.

Competition Day Preparation 

Preparing for a competition is more than just practicing skills; it's about strategic planning, mental preparation, and setting clear goals.

Focused sessions on preparing for competitions allows our Aspiring Athletes to better understand the benefits of mental preparation, help to identify their peak mindset performance and overcome performance stress and anxiety.

Track & Field Technical Sessions

Athletes will be able to choose which events they would like to take part in during the camp. Along with general conditioning, mobility and skill development, as well as workshop-based sessions around planning training, competition, and nutrition for young athletes.


AVAILABLE EVENTS

Sprinting

Girls on the starting line for the annual house athletics competition

Hurdles

Athletes competing in hurdles event

Relays

High Jump

Long Jump

Millfield jumper competing in house athletics competition

Javelin

Shot Put

Endurance

Two teenagers on a running track

COURSE DETAILS

Date/Time                 Course Type

Ages

Location

Prices

Mon 12th – Wed 14th August
10am to 4pm
First Day: Arrive for 10am
Last Day: Depart by 4pm

Residential

12-15 years old 

Millfield Senior School (Street Campus)

£390 per person
Non-Residential  £280 per person

FACILITIES

The Athletics Arena has an all-weather 400m synthetic track (polyurethane surface) with six lanes, a 100m sprint track and hurdles. The track interior contains steeplechase, high jump, long jump, pole vault, javelin, shot put, discus and hammer.

During the Summer of 2020, Millfield’s Athletics Track benefited from significant investment in a state-of-the-art refurbishment. The upgraded track now includes a new world-class eight-lane sprint straight, a six-lane 400m track, an updated long jump pit and a state-of-the-art pole vault area with a double entry mat.