The combined eventers and race walkers headed to Boston, Lincolnshire, to contest their English Schools' Athletic Association titles. There were some excellent performances and great competition being seen across the weekend and throughout the age groups.
Athletes between the ages of 15 and 23 can apply for grants from Ron Pickering Memorial Fund. The deadline for applications is Sunday 19 November 2017.Grants to athletes over 23 may be made in exceptional circumstances.
This year the English Schools' AA Combined Event Championships and the Race Walking Championships will take place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September at the Princess Royal Arena in Boston, Lincolnshire.
Those involved in coaching young athletes have to consider a range of aspects relating to the their athletes and their development. Our Coaching and Athlete Development Manager (Coaching Resources Youth Development), Scott Grace has identified some brief videos that can serve as useful information or reminders for coaches, and that coaches may also benefit from sharing with the parents of young athletes to help them understand how they can play a positive role in their child's involvement in athletics and running.
The Irish Schools' AA hosted a high class SIAB (Schools International Athletics Board) Track and Field international in Dublin, showcasing top British talent from across the home countries in the U17 age group. In gorgeous conditions, albeit very windy, the English Schools' team were victorious in both the boys' and girls' team competitions, with outstanding performances by athletes across all four teams.
There were superb performances throughout a packed programme of activity which saw a National Age Group record, championship bests being smashed, and tremendous competition throughout the day.
The field eventers were to the fore on the first day of the New Balance English Schools' AA Track Field Championships at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium. New Championship Best Performances were set and medals decided amongst England's best young athletes.
A very strong U18 English Schools' AA team travelled to France to participate in the ISF Jean Humbert Memorial World Schools' Track and Field Cup. This illustrious event featured teams representing 26 nations from five continents. The ESAA Girls' team ultimately won the World Schools' Cup, the ESAA Boys' team finished second and combined results meant that England were the overall world champions of the ISF World Schools' Cup.
The world's largest children's running initiative, GO Run For Fun, together with The Daily Mile, brought together 5000 primary school children from London and across Britain take part in a 2km fun run at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Cheering on the children at the event were VIP guests from the world of sport including Olympians Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson.
The ESAA National Championships will take place on 7th-8th July at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Tickets and programmes are now available to buy online for this event, although they will be for sale at the gate too.