Becoming a Member
Oxford City Athletic Club aims to promote the sport of athletics amongst all its members and in the wider community, and to create an environment within which athletes will improve and develop skills to enable a good and acceptable standard of participation and achievement. While many of our members participate in several sports, the Club is not simply a place to gain fitness for other sports. To this end the club welcomes new members of all abilities, from complete beginners to internationals; there is no minimum standard, just a willingness to train and become part of a club dedicated to the enjoyment of athletics. We welcome sprinters, throwers, jumpers and middle distance runners, and offer coaching specialists in all disciplines.
All applications for membership must be made via this link. If you are unsure about what is involved in becoming a member, then please raise specific questions in your online application.
Please do not simply turn up at the track and expect to be included in a training session.
If you were previously a member and your membership has lapsed, you will have to apply again and may have to go on a waiting list.
NB Completing this online form does not mean that you have become a member – at this stage you are enquiring about membership. We will invite you to come along for an introductory session as soon as a space becomes available, and only then will we offer you the opportunity to become a club member. This entails paying an annual membership fee as well as weekly training fees.
Both seniors and juniors are expected to be available to compete for the club if selected – see the sections on track and field, sportshall, cross country, road running and quadkids.
We have several classes of SENIOR membership for those over the age of 17:
First claim Senior Competition Membership, for those aged over 17 for whom OCAC is their main club for competition
Second claim Senior Competition Membership, for those aged over 17 who are already first claim members elsewhere, but who wish to make OCAC their second claim for certain specific types of competition.
Associate Membership, for those aged over 16 who are not competing athletes, but who wish to support or volunteer at the club or participate in social events.
The club offers two classes of JUNIOR membership:
First Claim Junior Club Membership open to 8-17 year olds, which will entitle the member to compete for the club in an OCAC club vest, but not to take part in coaching sessions.
First Claim Junior Club Training Membership, open to 8-17 year olds, which will entitle the member to compete for the club in an OCAC club vest, and to take part in coaching sessions led by OCAC coaches.
As places in our junior coaching groups are very limited, the following membership criteria apply. Please read the following membership criteria for Junior members before applying for membership:
- New and on-going membership is a commitment to represent Oxford City Athletic Club in competition, and athletes will make themselves available to compete if selected.
- Junior Club Training Members whose participation in competition for which they have been selected falls below 75% in any one season will have their Club Training membership converted to Club Membership, unless valid and acceptable prior notice of such absence from competition had been provided either to their coach or to a team manager (for instance due to prolonged injury or absence from the country).
- Junior Club Training Members who miss four consecutive training sessions or whose attendance over any rolling three month period is less than 50% will be liable to have their Club Training Membership converted to a Club Membership – unless valid and acceptable notice of such absences has been provided (eg due to prolonged injury or absence from the country).
- Juniors on the waiting list whose parents/guardians are suitably qualified and willing to assist in the running of the club, particularly in an officiating or coaching role, will be given priority.
Potential new training members will be invited to attend training. After attending trial sessions prospective members will be required to pay the annual membership fee and ongoing training fees (track pass).
If your child is aged between 8 and 17 and you wish to join the club, you should apply and we will let you know as soon as possible whether or not we are able to offer a place, and if not, then how long the wait is expected to be. The length of the waiting list changes all the time, and the wait is longer for some age groups than others.
We also offer a reduced rate for families with 3 or more club members; the membership price will be £55 each for the first two members, then free for other family members, one of whom must be a junior. If you wish to apply for Family Membership, complete the JOIN US form below and we’ll sort it out for you.
Training fees are currently:
Members – A monthly direct debit payment covers membership and training.
Non members – All non-members £4.00
Non-members can also purchase monthly and annual track passes, offering excellent value for money for regular attendees.
Membership Applications and Renewals
The new Direct Debit system means that membership is a rolling membership which can be commenced at any time of year, and discontinued at any time. Membership of England Athletics, which is part of your membership fee, is £17 annually, and runs from 1st April annually.
How to apply
If you are seeking to become a new member or renewing your membership, this can all be done online. Prospective new members should complete the relevant form below (either Junior or Senior application form); once you have pressed the ‘Submit’ button you will not receive an immediate response, but we will receive an email which tells us that you wish to join, and why. Do not expect an instant reply, but you should hear from us within four or five working days, by which time we will have decided if we can offer you a place. Most seniors will be offered a place immediately, in which case we will send you a link to make a full application and a membership payment.
Juniors will either be offered a trial immediately, or will be placed on the waiting list.
Those who are subsequently invited to take up a place will be sent the appropriate link to pay for membership online.
Once you have joined the club or renewed your membership you can make changes to your address, contact, or family details through our on-line membership system by logging into your account. Please make every effort to keep your details up to date – remember that this is how we keep in contact with you, so we need up-to-date information for all of you.
A Hardship Fund is available for members who may, for one reason or another, find it difficult to pay the annual subscriptions when they become due. In the case of hardship applications (in confidence) should be addressed to the club Chairman.
When you become a member of, or renew your membership with Oxford City Athletic Club, you will automatically be registered as a member of England Athletics (except under 9s). We will provide England Athletics with your personal data which they will use to enable access to an online portal for you (called myAthletics). The data we pass on is as little as possible: name, date of birth, gender, address. England Athletics will contact you to invite you to sign into and update your MyAthletics portal (which, amongst other things, allows you to set and amend your privacy settings). If you have any questions about the continuing privacy of your personal data when it is shared with England Athletics, please contact [email protected].