Finding out more
In this section you can find out more about the work done in Schools across England by England Athletics, UKA and partner organisations
There are numerous resources available to teachers who wish to deliver athletics in their school ranging from competition formats that can be used with different ages of student at different times of year, through to training and physical resources to help teachers deliver athletics sessions, and materials and Awards that can be used to monitor and reward the developing skills of young people.
Athletics 365 introduces athletes to the fundamental skills of athletics - run, jump and throw - the fundamental skills vital to every sport and all physical activity. This England Athletics syllabus and the related resources are aimed predominantly at 8-15 year olds, but the resources can easily be adapted for use with younger athletes.
Athletics 365 focuses not only on how fast someone runs or how far someone jumps or throws but also, more importantly, on developing the technical skills (‘how’ to run, jump and throw) required to perform at full potential and move like a champion. In addition to technical skills, Athletics 365 also looks at an athlete’s physical, mental and emotional development, as well as their lifestyle and social development.
As well as resources for teachers and coaches there are resources for youngsters to be able to monitor their progress.
- To find out more please visit www.athletics365.org
Giving teachers the fundamental tools and skills they need to deliver athletics in their school.
Elevating Athletics is a creative and practical resource pack designed to help you bring the sport to life and to make it accessible to the young athletes – or potential athletes – you work with! It will help you plan and deliver sessions for youngsters of all abilities and to help them develop the skills required to run, jump and throw, simple activities which underpin the vast majority of sports.
- To find out more about the courses for teachers please click here to visit www.englandathletics.org/teachereducation.
- For the Primary pack please click here
- For the Secondary pack please here
The UKA Academy Awards offer an effective test for children as they learn to enjoy all aspects of running, jumping and throwing. The Awards bring together the very best of two previously established programmes – the Shine Awards and the English Schools' Athletics Association Awards to bring you an effective, simple-to-use and exciting series of awards.
The Awards can be used by schools and clubs to recognise and reward personal development in athletics. They cater for children of all abilities from primary school upwards and help develop individual athletics skills by setting realistic targets.
- For more details about the Sportshall Award please click here or visit academy.uka.org.uk/awards/sportshall-award
- For more details about the Track & Field Award please click here or visit academy.uka.org.uk/awards/track-and-field-award
- For more details about the Endurance Award please click here or visit academy.uka.org.uk/awards/endurance-award
The Sportshall format is a fun short-form indoor competition format that can be run in schools and by clubs.
There are also events run at local, regional and national levels across the country.
Sportshall brings the best of athletics into a friendly format using fun equipment that is specially designed with safety in mind.
- To find out more visit the Sportshall website at www.sportshall.org
QuadKids is a short-form outdoor athletics format that can be used in schools and clubs both as a competition and also as a way of monitoring and encouraging youngsters to develop their skills in a short run (sprint), long run (endurance run), jump and throwing event.
The format can be used within schools or as a competition form between schools with 'virtual' competitions also possible.
- To find out more visit the QuadKids website at www.quadkids.org
Startrack is a programme that helps teachers, coaches and sports leaders to provide year-round coaching and training opportunities after school, during holiday periods and at weekends. The scheme gives eight to 15 year olds real athletics experiences and help them to develop skills. Startrack schemes can be run locally, organised by a range of bodies including local authority development units, clubs, schools and partnerships. Startrack is a great way of helping young athletes in transition from school to club athletics.
The Parallel Success programme is unearthing new talent in disability athletics. Do you have a potential future Paralympic champion in your school? The Parallel Success programme seeks to promote athletics and all of the opportunities that are available - is the foundation for making that happen.
- To find out more please visit academy.uka.org.uk/parallel-success
You can also find out more about England Athletics' work with Disability Athletics and support available for disabled athletes and their coaches, including the Playground-to-Podium programme please see www.englandathletics.org/disabilityathletics.
The English Schools' Athletic Association holds the Schools championships in England. There are district, county and other regional events in the build up to both the English Schools' Track and Field Championships and the English Schools Cross Country Championships. There are also the English Schools' Cup events for both Track & Field athletics and cross country where schools compete as a team throughout the competitions rather than individual athletes entering by their schools progressing individually.
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