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Welcome to Derby Athletic ClubMoorways Stadium, Moor Lane, Derby, DE24 9HY Correspondence to: Moorways Stadium, Moor Lane, Derby, DE24 9HY

DAC Junior Academy (8-14+)

Click here for our DAC J summer 2024 competition calendar

Grouped sessions for athletes aged 8-14+ on either Thursdays 6-7.15pm or Saturdays 10-11.30am or both.

Fees for April 2024-March 2025 will be decided on at the club’s AGM on Tuesday 5 March 2024.

MiniLeague competitions are ideal for all our younger athletes. Please use the menu on this page to find out more details about MiniLeague competitions.

For additional information, email Please state the name and age of your young athlete/s and we will send you further information on the club and taster sessions. This will help set up a line of communication to support your enquiries and ongoing support, should your athlete choose to join.

About us

We endeavour to deliver elements of running, jumping and throwing in every session.

We are a community club – delivered by the community for the community. All our coaches, officials and backroom teams are volunteers. We are a community club that does athletics.

The quality of opportunities we offer depends on parents coming forward to help at training, with competitions and with the general running of the club. We actively encourage and support parents to volunteer and that makes it all possible. Please take a look at our “I would like to help when I can” form.

In the Junior Academy, “run, jump, throw” sessions are delivered for young athletes (usually aged 8-14+) to improve movement skills and physical conditioning, with the goal of developing physical capacities and coordination using a variety of athletics events and challenges. Parents/carers/guardians of children of primary school age are expected to stay on site at all times.

Whilst we do seek to improve how fast a young athlete runs and how far they jump and throw, more important is our work on the technical skills (‘how’ to run, jump and throw) required for each individual to develop their own potential as they grow. In addition, we aim to support an athlete’s mental and emotional development, as well as their lifestyle and social development.

Being a club with amazing outdoor facilities but limited indoor facility, we occasionally have to adapt plans to accommodate the weather. Moorways Stadium is one of the most-used in the country for athletics competitions (local, county, regional, national, international). The club encourages and supports events that maintain the prestige and profile of our stadium. On occasions we make greater use of the stadium surrounds to accommodate these competitions and on rare occasions we cancel sessions for safety reasons.