Young Athletes (6 - 16 years)

Our Young Athletes (children aged 6 - 11 years) are principally based at Crossford Bridge. There’s further provision for endurance training at the Wythenshawe Park track and at Sportcity in East Manchester. These venues provide varied opportunities for children from six years upwards to receive coaching and to compete in all types of athletic events in a child friendly atmosphere, within groups of their own age band:

  • All club coaches are licensed by UK Athletics.
  • Many have first aid certificates
  • All have an active Child Protection Policy under which the coaches and helpers are checked by the Criminal Records Bureau.
  • The club holds an Equity in Sport policy
  • Children train in child friendly environments
  • Codes of Conduct for children, parents and coaches are published at the Crossford Bridge site.

During the summer months (April - September), all three facilities use their respective outdoor tracks (Sportcity also has an indoor track facility) and children are coached in various track and field events. During winter months (October to March), children 'run out' and train away from the clubhouse. As such, reflective bibs must be worn for safety reasons. These can be purchased at  Crossford Bridge. 

On leaving primary school, the children progress into Young Athletes groups (age 12 - 17). Those who’ve trained at Crossford Bridge on Sunday and Tuesday can continue to do as usual with an additional Thursday evening training session (7 - 8pm). As they progress through secondary school, many will become integrated into the training at Wythenshawe Park and/or Sportcity dependent on their chosen events. However a place is always available to remain at Crossford Bridge in other directions e.g. Group Helpers / Young Coaches / Track Officials, etc.

Crossford Bridge

Danefield Road
M33 7BG

Training Sessions

Tuesdays: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sundays: 10:30am - 12:00pm

Training continues during school holidays. Newcomers can participate up to 3 times at £2.50 per session. If they wish to continue after this point, they need to become a member. Cost for membership is £30 p/a. 

Each training session thereafter is £2 for members

To join, or if you have any other queries, please email


Colour Groups

For coaching purposes the Crossford Bridge Young Athletes are divided into colour groups by age and ability. The younger athletes (6 - 7 years) start in the Yellow or Blue Groups. Their progression is then into the Red Group, Green Group, White Group, Purple Group (multi events) or Middle Distance girls and boys. Each group has a team of qualified coaches and helpers.

Crossford Bridge

The New Normal.

We are happy to say our first sessions back have been a huge success. We have had some great feedback from those who attended. We will be making some tweaks from week to week but all in all we happy with the processes we have put in place. Going forward we will continue with our Sunday sessions for now and we will slowly increase the groups that are training each week. We are currently restricted on numbers so are having to use a booking system to ensure we can adhere to all government and Sport England social distancing Guidelines.

The booking system will be amended weekly around coach numbers and availability. The spaces for the Sunday sessions will be released on to the booking site on a Thursday morning. I will be posting reminders on the Facebook page. If your group is not available on this site or there are no spaces left unfortunately this mean either the group isn’t running due to coach availability or the session is full. Please do NOT turn up without a booking or try to book onto another groups session.

We all need to keep each other safe so, in order for your child to return to training you must do Three things:

  1. Book You child a space on the training session on our online booking system here.
  2.  In order for us to accept the booking the following form MUST have completed a health Declaration.   One form must  be completed per Athlete. This only needs completing once so may be worth completing straight away to make the whole process smoother. Please complete the form on the following link:
  3. Read the new rules below and discuss them with your Athlete.

Follow Official Advice :

Help Control the Virus
To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:
  • Wash hands – keep Washing your hands Regularly
  • Cover face – Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
  • Make Space - Stay at least a meter away from people not in your household
If you feel unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.

Follow Sale Harriers Advice:

Help us operate a safe site
  • Please observe the new one-way system for the site; it will be marked out
  • When you arrive, first please register your child’s Attendance and pay the £1.00 subs - the single registration point will be set up and helpers will be pointing you in the right direction. We have to track and trace. Once registered you child will be directed to there group to be met by the coach.
  • Please arrive with plenty of time to sign in an join the group. The gates will be shut at 10:30. Late comers will be turned away.
  • Parents: please bring your hand gel, umbrella and chair as required, the club house will be closed. Only the toilet facilities will be open on a very restricted basis. We will be trialling the tuck shop shortly.
  • Please provide and waterproof bag in which your child can store their clothing and water bottle( after the warm up)
  • If you are wanting to run with your child you need to also register and complete a separate health Declaration. Please speak with the group coach to make sure there is space to do so.

Any questions regarding the primary Section please drop an Email to and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Many Thanks

Crossford Bridge Coaches

Wythenshawe Park

Wythenshawe Park,


M23 0AB

Coaches & Training Sessions

Click on a coach name below to contact them for further information


  • Paul Roden (U17 - Adult) Monday & Wednesday
  •  (U11-U17) - Tuesday 7:00pm - 8:15pm


  • Dave Lowe  - Tuesday & Thursday 7:00pm - 8:30pm,
    Sunday 10:00am - 12:00pm

Session fee is £2.