History of the Club

In 1947 two men, both policemen in Tonbridge, had the vision and foresight to found an athletic club in the town. One was Tom Jones, a pre-war sprinter of some note; and the other, Norman Fowler, also a sprinter, of county standard and an athletics administrator.

The venture needed determination to succeed as there was no track or facilities of any kind. But there was a piece of ground, belonging to Tonbridge School, on the right hand side, going north, of Shipbourne Road, just past the Yardley park turning. This became the first home of the Club and had to be got ready before entertaining visiting teams right down to the marking out of lanes for racing. That field has long since become a housing estate but the Club survives on its present location at Tonbridge School and many aspiring boys and girls, men and women have benefited from its presence.

A scanned copy of a booklet produced in August 1972 to commemorate the first 25 years of Tonbridge Athletic Club can be downloaded here (please note file size 5MB).

For more details about the track click here

Club Membership

We cater for athletes of all ages - from youngsters aged 9 to veteran athletes. The Club has a friendly atmosphere where everyone wants each other to do well and encourages non-members to attend trial sessions before committing to membership.

Please do NOT come to the Club without first making a trial membership enquiry and then waiting for an invitation from our Trials Co-ordinator. You will NOT be able to join in until you have been registered with the Trials Co-ordinator and have received a time and date for a trial session.

Why not sign up for a trial? - click here for details

Safety & Security

Whilst Tonbridge AC endeavour at all times to ensure the safety of all Junior members whilst training and/or competing for the club, it remains the responsibility of parents/guardians to ensure the safe collection or make suitable arrangements for collection at the designated times. Tonbridge AC cannot be held responsible for Juniors outside of training session times.

We operate codes of conduct to ensure all athletes are able to take part in a safe environment.

We take the safety and security of our members very seriously and helpers and volunteers are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check

Summer Season

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Winter Season

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