PRACTICE GROUP UPDATE as of Friday, March 20th: 

  • Junior Development Group is postponed. Interested athletes may reserve a spot on the JD Waitlist by Registering Online and selecting the “$20-One Week Trial” option. Cost: $20 (which can be applied to a JD membership package if the season proceeds or be reimbursed if the JDs are unable to train this season)

Due to insurance rules, all athletes must have a paid Valley Royals Membership to participate with a Royals training group. A $20 one-week trial membership is available for athletes new to the Royals and wanting to check out a training group before buying the full membership. To select a membership package and register online click https://valleyroyals.ca/membership/

Junior Development:  Age 8 -13

We are an inclusive Club accepting athletes of all abilities

The Royals have always maintained a strong junior development system and the club is proud of the number of athletes that have successfully come through this younger age group and developed into some of the best juvenile, junior and senior athletes in Canada.  Year after year, the Royals have provided the nucleus of athletes and medal winners that represent BC teams at Western Canada and Canada Games competitions.  At the 2012 & 2016 Summer Olympics, Valley Royals athletes were on Team Canada.

JD Track & Field Season March-July

Events Offered: Middle Distance, Sprints, Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Discus, Race Walk, Hammer(age specific) Pole Vault (age specific), Cross Country

This age group encourages athletes to try all event areas (Racing, Jumps, Throws) in both practices and competitions.

 JD Track & Field Coordinator: Scott Svelander  

 JD Coaches:

Coach Alex Seimens 

Coach Abresia Foote       Coach Peter Price  

 Coach Harneet Uppal    Coach Parmvir Waring   


The focus for the JD athletes at meets should be on enjoying the experience and learning how to do their best in a variety of events and challenging themselves to improve their own mark.

Practice Schedule:  https://valleyroyals.ca/practice-schedule/

Track Meet Info & Meet Protocol: https://valleyroyals.ca/meets/


JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING GROUP (Ages 8 to 13) JD Cross Country Season September/October

JD Cross Country Coach:

Coach Alex Siemens

Assistant JD Cross Country Coaches:

Coach Harneet Uppal   Coach Parmvir Waring   

The JD cross country program is designed for athletes aged 8 to 13 years of age. Note: There is room in Coach Scott’s Endurance Running group this Fall to include athletes entering Grade 7. If not turning 14 until the next calendar year, these athletes will compete as JDs in Cross Country races. Coach Scott’s group meets at the same time as the JD group but there may be a few differences in their racing schedules so parents are advised to check with both Coach Alex and Coach Scott regarding JD Race Days and see the Racing Schedule on the Homepage in a post from September 4th, 2019. 

During the Cross Country Season, the JD group continues to train 3 days a week, but move from the track to Clearbrook Park to train on grass and forest trails. At this time the emphasis is placed solely on running and building up a large base (ie more mileage) in preparation for the BC Athletic Cross Country Championships.  As such the workouts are a bit longer in distance while still retaining an effort to improve continuous speed. Intervals, tempo, fartlek and hills are some of the tools that are used.

Practice Schedule:  https://valleyroyals.ca/practice-schedule/


Training Stages for Athletes:

The images below illustrate some of the principles underlying the Valley Royals Junior Development program. See https://valleyroyals.ca/ltad-long-term-athlete-development-and-athlete-pathways/ for details


Updated March 2020