Fit 4 Youth

Training Times

Tuesday: 7pm - 8pm      Thursday: 7pm - 8pm

What is Fit4Youth?

Fit4Youth is an initiative by Athletics Ireland which is being supported and promoted locally by Ballina Athletic Club. The Fit4Youth programme is aimed at youths aged 13-18 who would like to get fit in a fun, non-competitive environment

Want is the aim of the Fit4Youth Programme?

  • Instilling and helping to foster an awareness of fitness and enjoyment of running over a set period of weeks,

  • The aim of building up to 5K in a ‘Learning to Run’ programme

  • Paced and carefully monitored, while increasing in incremental distances throughout the programme

  • Helping to nurture a positive attitude to health and fitness that will become a life skill

  • Encouraging participants who may naturally have developed an interest/ aptitude with a more structured approach, or a particular event that best meets their needs.

Who can take Part?

The Fit4Youth programme is aimed at youths aged 13-18 and all within that age group can participate in the programme regardless of current fitness level.


Fit4Youth is Tuesday's and Thursday’s at 7pm


Ballina Athletic Club is the meeting point for the Fit4Youth session. Training will commence on the track for a few weeks.

How long does it last?

  • Sessions will initially last about 1 hour

  • Don’t worry this includes warmup routines and stretching at the end, you won’t be running for 30 minutes at the start of the programme but we will make sure you can by the end

  • The Programme itself will last 8 weeks with the goal to run a 5k parkrun at the end and Ballina AC summer 5k series

What do I need ?

  • Bring a pair of runners

  • Bring comfortable warm running clothes

  • Water

  • A change of top in case you get wet during training

How much does it cost?

  • The cost for the programme is €25 and will cover membership to Athletics Ireland and to Ballina AC to the end of December 2017

What do I get for my money?

  • Insurance cover when taking part in any Athletics Ireland event or organised club activity.

  • Organised weekly training sessions with plenty of advice, encouragement and training tips

  • Access to participate in the other running training programmes and athletic events

  • Exercise in a safe, friendly and fun environment

  • You become a member of this athletic club and can take part in club events

  • When the initial programme completes, you are welcome to participate in the weekly juvenile/fit4life training sessions that are held

  • Experienced coaches who have received Garda clearance and have completed Athletics Ireland child protection and welfare courses

Fit4life T-Shirt

The fit4life T-Shirt can be purchased at a discount from the club.

Child Welfare

We take the welfare of children very seriously and we adhere to Athletics Ireland policies in this regard. Further information and a list of our policies is available.

Any questions?

Further information contact Ballina AC on 087 757 7412 or email Please Note: All participants must complete the membership form before they start. Please print and bring it with you or deliver to a committee member in advance. Anybody who isn't currently engaged in regular exercise must consult their doctor before starting this programme.