Athletics Academy

If you live, breathe and sleep athletics, then we’re the college for you. You can study any of our full time school leaver programmes in sport or any other subject, including A Levels and become a member of our Athletics Academy. You’ll develop the knowledge and expertise you need to go on to university or straight into work or an apprenticeship and gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst training and competing every week to develop your athletics skills.


To make sure all our academy members stay at the top of their game and are able to improve, we’ve created a unique development pathway programme with a dedicated package of support for each level.


  • Charlie Myers 2013 – 2015: Pole Vault, National Champion, North East Champion, Scottish Champion, English Schools National Champion, represented Great Britain at the European Junior Championships and World Junior Championships
  • Yasmin Othman 2016 – Present: Javelin, North East Champion 2016
  • Olivia Bateman 2016 – Present: Endurance Runner, North East Cross Country Champion, 12th English Schools Cross Country Championships 2016
  • Adam Graham: selected to represent England in indoor and outdoor shot putt

Getting the opportunity to train while I was studying towards my BTEC was perfect for me. I got top quality coaching and a training programme that was tailored just for me.

Charlie Myers, now studying Sport Science at Northumbria University

Meet the coach

Chris Warnock

Head Coach, Athletics AcademyChris Warnock 220

With over 20 years’ experience, Chris is a Level 3 athletics coach, a Level 3 United Kingdom Athletics (UKA) strength and conditioning coach and an England Athletics Lead Tutor.

Chris has vast experience in coaching full athletics programmes and has coached a host of athletes in sprints, hurdles, middle distance track, jumps and throws, multi events and cross country at both county level and the North Eastern Championships. As a junior athlete, Chris represented the county in multi events and the 400m.