England Athletics & our partners...
working with schools to grow the next generation of champions
The England Athletics Schools Athletics Advisor is Eddie Parsons: firstname.lastname@example.org
England Athletics works with a range of agencies to ensure that children and young people are given the opportunity to try athletics and that the taster sessions and competitions they are provided with are both enjoyable and beneficial to their long term athletics development. See Other Competitons section for National Schools events.
England Athletics and the English Schools' AA
England Athletics and the English Schools' AA are pleased to be working in partnership that will ensure the continuation and development of the English Schools' AA competition.
Athletics in schools
England Athletics is working with key partner organisations to pull together a single competition framework for athletics in schools that can also be used in our community clubs. The programmes have seen 1000s of young people get involved in short format athletic competition every year since 2009.
Sportshall Athletics and Track & Field short format competitions offer youngsters the first taste of an athletic experience in their formative years. Both formats complement each other in that they can be deployed in the indoor, Autumn/Winter and early Spring period (Sportshall) and outdoor during late Spring and Summer (Track & Field short format competitions) months.
The formats have been embraced by schools and clubs who want to provide young children with an all embracing, dynamic, fun and skill based run, jump and throwing experience. The quality of experience a young person receives in both the school and club environment is crucial to retaining them in the sport. Therefore we must continue to encourage young children to retain the multi skill approach between Key Stages 1-4. England Athletics supports a multi-skills approach to athletics and sport in schools, that develops the fundamental movement skills of children – being beneficial across all sports and physical activity.
Sportshall and Track & Field short format competitions provide inter and intra club and school competition locally via festivals, leagues or cluster events. Both formats can be deployed by clubs and schools as part of extra curricular and community activity sessions, providing a competitive outlet through which skills can be deployed. Both formats are beneficial at building a multi-skills approach to sport in schools that extends beyond athletics.
Schools' athletics frameworkOur competition framework for schools athletics in England which illustrates the skills, activities and competition formats relevant for each Key Stage can be found in the Linking Clubs and Schools document (open or download from right hand side of this page).
Schools' Super 8
England Athletics works with QuadKids for the provision of a Track & Field short form style competition, aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils in primary schools. For more information see www.quadkids.org.
British Athletics Academy Awards
The British Athletics Academy Awards offer an effective test for your children / potential athletes as they learn to enjoy all aspects of running, jumping and throwing. It is a great way to deliver and then assess a multi-skills approach to sport in schools for teachers who wish to develop children's fundamental movement skills. For coaches or teachers using Athletics 365 or Elevating Athletics to develop athlete skills this is a good way for recognising and monitoring athlete outcomes in terms of 'how fast, how long, how high'.
To find out more about the British Athletics Academy Awards please click here.
The School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport. Athletics is one of the sports involved in the School Games and England Athletics has worked to produce resources that can be used at all levels of the School Games programme. To find out more about our work with the School Games and Access resources please click here.
Bridging The Gap
Research to provide insight into the development and retention of young athletes was commissioned by England Athletics and carried out by Sheffield Hallam International Research Centre.
The findings were published in August 2011. This was a study that was initiated with providers, organisers and enablers of youth athletics in mind, and aimed at guiding and informing providers of youth athletics in reviewing practice, and we hope that reports such as this one will help to ensure that all our efforts are invested with the best long term interests of young athletes in mind.
You can download the Bridging the Gap document by clicking here.