Who are we?

Amber Valley Athletic Club was formed in 1999 by some enthusiastic parents who had enjoyed watching their children take part in some local fun events organised by Amber Valley Borough Council. Membership and the clubs reputation grew but sadly the facilities and infrastructure at it’s training base in Loscoe couldn’t keep pace.

Taking advantage of newly-opened facilities at the Rutland Sports Park in Ilkeston the club opened a new chapter in it’s history and relocated there in January 2006. Local club Kirk Hallam AC formed an amicable working relationship with AVAC and it wasn’t long before KHAC decided to join with and formally transfer memberships to AVAC in April 06.

Bringing together coaches and athletes of all ages and experience the club now boasts membership of over 300 (March 07) and is one of Derbyshires foremost athletics clubs.

What we do

We offer training and competition opportunities for athletes of all ages and abilities from 8 years old through to veterans in track and field, road, cross country, and sportshall athletics. The club takes part in local, regional and national competition.

Where can I take part?

The Club trains at the Rutland Sports Park, Ilkeston. Newcomers aged 8 to 16 should initially attend on Saturdays and / or Wednesdays. There are also training session on Tuesdays and Thursdays which are the main club nights for adult athletes, and also for event-specific groups for selected teens.

There is a small training fee per session and this varies from £1 to £2 depending on the day and session. Non-members pay £2.50 per session for up to 4 sessions as a non-member. The first session is free.

Training Sessions
Day Time Meet Where? For which athletes?
Tuesdays 7 -8.15pm Register & pay in the Tennis Centre Adult and older teen sprinters and middle distance

Selected younger teen sprinters and middle distance runners

Hurdlers (selected athletes)

Wednesdays 7 – 8.15pm Register & pay in the Tennis Centre Recreation Group
Wednesdays (Oct- Mar) 7.15 – 8.30pm Register & pay in the Tennis Centre Junior athletes 11 – 18+ fitness work
Wednesdays (Apr- Sep) 7 – 8pm Register & pay in the Tennis Centre. All junior athletes of all abilities
Thursdays 7 – 8pm Meet in Belper L.C. car park (Oct -Mar)Meet at Shipley Park (Apr – Sep) All middle distance runners, adult and child, welcome

Variety of runs -long, short, hills, fast, slow etc.

Thursdays 7 – 8pm Register & pay at the track Track training for older teens and adults by invitation
Saturdays 10am – 12 noon Register & pay in the Tennis Centre. All junior athletes of all abilities



The Club has over 20 qualified coaches and all activities are carried out under supervision. First Aid facilities are available on-site.

All athletes are covered by the Club’s insurance policy.

The Club has Codes of Conduct which can be downloaded below

The Club enters teams in various competitions all year round and you can take part in as many or as few as you wish. Transport to these competitions is sometimes arranged.

If you would like to speak to somebody about coming along for the first time then either telephone Julie on 01773 880228 or e-mail us.

Or pop along to one of our sessions at Rutland Sports Park (directions)


Membership of Amber Valley AC is open to all from age 8 – Adult, although you can enjoy up to four sessions as a ‘guest’ before you need to commit to joining.

The Membership year runs from the 1st April to the 31st March, and there are varying types of membership:

New Members: £16.00 per athlete £11.00 per sibling under 17

Existing Members renewal £12.00 per athlete £7.00 per sibling under 17

Non-competing Volunteer eg Coach/ Official / Helper £1

The increased cost for new members reflects the Club T-shirt given when membership commences. Memberships not renewed by 1st May will be considered lapsed.

Click here to find out more about the training sessions

Click here to view the range of AVAC branded sportswear – all at cost price.

Click here to find out more about coaching at the Club?


Club Policies


Equity statement – each person involved in AVAC should read this.

Code of conduct for athletes – aimed at athletes

Code of conduct for parents – aimed at parents and carers

Code of conduct for coaches – aimed at all volunteers that help out at AVAC.



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