Our history

The Sports Centre is operated by the Charity Active Nation for the owners Southampton City Council. Southampton Athletic Club and its Academy are Register Charity Number 1158398.

The club was formed as the result of a merger between Team Southampton and Southampton Running Club on April 1 2010.

Team Southampton itself was formed as the result of a merger between Southampton City Athletics Club and Team Solent on October 1 2004, with these clubs in turn evolving in the past from Southampton and Eastleigh AC and before that from the joining of Eastleigh Athletic Club and Southampton Amateur Athletic club.

Family tree of the history of the club

Prior to this the clubs had a long and successful history in competition at both regional and national level representing the Southampton area and providing excellent opportunities for athletics in the region.

The clubs under their previous names have been based at the Southampton Sports Centre track since the early 1930s providing opportunities for athletics for all ages in the Southampton city and wider Southampton area.

In 1886 C, Rogers of Southampton Harriers won the A.A.A. 4 miles title. Hampshire A.A. had an enquiry from a lady about her grandfather who was cycling down from a village outside Andover in the 1890’s to run (in hobnail boots) in cross-country and Hare & Hounds. As he was the hare sometimes, this again supports a local club membership. H.A.A.A. was formed in 1927. Probably due to the clash Hampshire Athletic Club changed its name to Southampton Amateur Athletic Club on 15th February, 1932. 

A ladies Section was added on 14th December, 1949 for cross-country but track and field, badminton and netball quickly followed. The club amalgamated with Eastleigh Amateur A.C. on 1st December, 1970 to form Southampton & Eastleigh A,C. Later names were Southampton City A.C. and after amalgamation with Team Solent in November, 2004 Team Southampton. The next amalgamation was with Southampton R.C. on 1 April, 2010 to become the present Southampton A.C. As no club was dissolved to form Southampton A.C.