Practice Schedule

    • Due to insurance rules, all athletes must have a paid club membership to join a Valley Royals Practice Group. Go to  to select a membership package and register online at


    • New Athletes are welcome to contact our Club Administrator Christa McAuley at: [email protected] for more information about Practice Groups, Online Registration & Membership Packages


  • To Register for Meets: Talk to your coach about events you should enter then contact Christa at: [email protected] with your events and PBs (Personal Best Time/Height/Distance) if you know them


  • ENDURANCE RUNNING GROUP (AGE 14 & Up: Midget, Youth, Junior, Senior athletes)


Events: 400m, 800m, 1500m, 300m, 1200m, 2000m, Steeple Chase, 400m Hurdles, Cross Country

Head Coach:  Coach Scott Svelander  

Endurance Training (14 and up) is offered 3 days per week:
  • Tuesdays 4:15 – 5:45 PM at Jane & Gerry Swan Track at Rotary Stadium: Meet at the Club Shed
  • Thursdays 4:15 – 5:45 PM Delair Park Rugby Pitch & Gravel Trail: Meet at Picnic Shelter near the playground in Delair Park (East Parking Lot off Old Yale Rd.)
  • Saturdays 10:00 – 11:30 AM at Clearbrook Park: Meet at main parking lot beside sign for Ron Wiebe Playing Fields 

 Bring bottle of water, hat, wear layers


  • POWER/SPEED GROUP (AGE 14 & Up: Midget, Youth, Junior, Senior athletes)

Coach:  Chantel Desch   
Assistant Coach: Andrew Ott 
Power & Speed Group Practices are indoors for Winter Training at the ARC – Abbotsford Recreation Centre 2499 McMillan Rd. 2019
WINTER TRAINING RESUMES Monday January 7th at 4:00PM 
Mondays,  at ARC  4:00 – 5:45 PM 
Wednesdays, at ARC 4:00 – 5:45 PM 
Fridays, at ARC 4:00-5:45 PM 
( ARC practices are inside – admission required )
AT THE ARC: Power & Speed athletes meet Coach Chantel upstairs at the end of the track where you do your stretching. All athletes are responsible for their entrance fee to ARC- Load up a pass card for multiple visits to save money 
Practice Times are approx 1.5 hours in length but finishing time depends on the time it takes athletes to complete their individual exercise program. While finishing times are flexible, the Valley Royals Club asks that athletes respect Coach Chantel’s time by making it a priority to arrive on time for the start of practice.

THROWS GROUP    (AGE 14 & Up: Midget, Youth, Junior, Senior athletes)

Coach Sean LaForest: After many years of outstanding coaching for the Valley Royals, Coach Harold Willers is retiring. Harold introduced Coach Sean LaForest as the new coach of the Royals Throws Program at the first practice of the Fall season. Coach Sean, a champion thrower for the Royals & UBC, was trained by Harold for 8 years and is an accomplished thrower and coach. He is Vice Principal of MEI Middle School where he serves as throws coach to the MEI Middle and Secondary School track & field teams. 

WINTER TRAINING RESUMES Sunday January 6th 2019:
  • Mondays – 4:15 PM  Rotary  Stadium
  • Wednesdays – 4:15 PM Rotary Stadium
  • Sundays – 2:00 PM Clearbrook Park

TRAINING SESSIONS WILL RUN 2 -3 HOURS, Practices will consist of conditioning & technical work

The Clearbrook Park Throws Cage is just north of the baseball diamonds in the main field. The Valley Royals Shed is located at the south end of track at Rotary Stadium.

Photos from the first Throws Practice of the Winter-Training Season, Oct 14th 2018, where Coach Harold announced his retirement and introduced Sean LaForest as Coach of the Valley Royals Throws Program. In addition to a great turnout of current athletes, former Royals athlete and four-time Canadian Hammer Champion–Wes Boudreau–came to the practice to congratulate Harold on over 30 years of coaching throws for the Valley Royals and to welcome Coach Sean.


POLE VAULT GROUP (AGE 14 & Up: Midget, Youth, Junior, Senior athletes)

Coach Graham Danziger    

New to Pole Vault ? It is important to contact Club Administrator Christa McAuley at [email protected] and Coach Graham Danziger before attending first practice.   

Practice Times Vary: It is very important that Coach Graham has your email address, as practice changes or adjustments  will be confirmed by email. Typical practice times are listed below but can change from week to week due to weather conditions.

  • Thursdays late afternoon with Coach Graham (Coach to Confirm practice time by email)
  • Saturdays late morning Coach Graham (Coach to Confirm practice time by email)

Location: Rotary Stadium at the Pole Vault Shed beside the Legacy Building



JD Track & Field Training Begins in late March and runs until the BC JD Track & Field Championships in late 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 Siemens 

Coach Abresia    Coach Hannah    Coach Peter   

Coach Ryan      Coach Udesh      Coach Vik 

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. JD athletes are encouraged to participate in the Pentathlon Championships.

For Track Meet Info & Meet Protocol see:




JD Cross Country Season Sept-Oct

Head Coach of Cross Country:  Coach Scott Svelander  

Assistant Coaches for JD Cross Country: 

 Coach Harneet Uppal    Coach Parmvir Waring   

  Coach Andrew Ott        Aneesha Narang

JD Cross Country Running is offered 3 days per week starting Thursday August 30th for the Cross Country Season (September & October):
  • Tuesdays 4:15 – 5:15 PM
  • Thursdays 4:15 – 5:15 PM
  • Saturdays 10:00 – 11:oo AM
  • to start off the season, the JD’s will be training for one hour in duration and as the season progresses Coach Scott will decide if their practice duration will be lengthened.
Meet in Clearbrook Park beside the parking lot at the sign for Ron Wiebe playing fields. Bring bottle of water, hat, wear layers.
 Due to insurance rules, all athletes must have a paid Club Membership to join a Valley Royals Practice Group. Go to  to select a membership package and register online at


Updated January 2019