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kids trying funetics at Lewisham

Lack of curriculum PE is failing our children

England Athletics and partners call for political party leaders to facilitate more access to sport and physical activity to help alleviate the mental health epidemic in the UK. England Athletics has today hosted the second in a series of All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Running events, with a further call from Kim Leadbetter MP – chair of the APPG – for MPs to recognise the need for more support for physical and mental health amongst children.

England Athletics dominates the Sporting Equals Awards 2023

The podium has been dominated by England Athletics at the Sporting Equals Awards 2023! Our sport had winners in five categories in a night of celebration at the Royal Lancaster Hotel. Congratulations to Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Zharnel Hughes, Ayesha Jones, Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker and Leon Baptiste. The Sporting Equals Awards saw 500 people come together in central London to celebrate the achievements of ethnically diverse athletes, coaches,volunteers and communities. Known as the MOBOs of sport, the awards shine a light on emerging stars as well as those already at the forefront of their disciplines. The Sporting Equals Awards pay tribute to the work undertaken to tackle inactivity and underrepresentation of ethnically diverse communities.
Children taking part in the Daily Mile along the Albert Dock

Our children are in a mental health crisis. We need to take action now

This World Mental Health Day, our sport is calling on the leaders of our political parties to unlock the potential of sport and physical activity to play a more meaningful role in tackling the UK’s growing mental health epidemic. Launched today at an All Parliamentary Committee session in Liverpool, led by Kim Ledbetter for Sport, the central message in the Open Letter to MP’s says we’re failing too many of our children, who leave school unfit, inactive and dealing with poor mental health on an unprecedented scale:
Mo Farah doing the mobot at the 2023 AJ Bell Great North Run

A mo-mentous occasion - The 2023 AJ Bell Great North Run

As is often the case, it was Sir Mo Farah who made all the headlines at yesterday’s AJ Bell Great North Run although this time it was for a different reason. After an incredible career, Farah called time on life as a professional athlete, choosing the Great North Run to be his final competitive race.  After the event, we spoke to him to get his thoughts on the last race of his career.
Festival of Sport staff

Giving athletics a go at the Norfolk Festival of Sport

In August, the picturesque Holkham Hall in Norfolk provided the perfect backdrop for the third edition of the Norfolk Festival of Sport at this venue
Katarina Johnson-Thompson shot put at the 2023 Worlds heptathlon

funetics ambassador KJT inspiring young people

Katarina Johnson-Thompson, two-time world and Commonwealth champion, is the ambassador for our funetics programme. Together, we are striving to inspire children and young people through the power of athletics. Best known for her world-class talent both on the track and in the field as a combined-eventer (pentathlon and heptathlon), Katarina is no stranger to success. Now aged 30, she’s just become the World Champion for heptathlon for the second time to add to her two Commonwealth Games titles! We pass on our huge congratulations to her!
Shrewsbury AC Festival

Shrewsbury AC innovating the athletics competition experience

At England Athletics and throughout the affiliated clubs network, we’re passionate about giving people of all ages opportunities to give athletics a go and have fun – something West Midlands club Shrewsbury AC excelled in at their recent Athletics Festival.
Coach of the Year 2022 Mary Carter

Coach of the Year volunteer award winner: "The feeling of giving up your time is special."

5 - 11 June is National Coaching Week, so what better time to nominate a coach who has made a difference to you, your child or your club? We spoke with the 2022 England Athletics Coach of the Year Mary Carter.
Jacob Allen on start line

Perfecting the Balance with Jacob Allen

Increased Government funding for physical education for school children welcomed by England Athletics