Working with schools to grow the next generation of champions
England Athletics is working with various 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.
- London Schools Athletics Association
- Essex County AA; for all the latest county schools information
- Schools Athletics Association of Middlesex (SAAM
England Athletics and the English Schools' AA
Athletics in schoolsEngland Athletics is working with two 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 over 60000 young people involved in short format athletic competition in 2009 alone. In 2010 there are plans for nearly 200 events nationwide in both formats involving schools in England.
Sportshall Athletics and QuadKids are two modified competition formats that 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 (QuadKids) months.
Since 2008, England Athletics have been working in partnership with both organisations and 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.
Sportshall and QuadKids offer both schools and clubs with this option of providing 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.
You can download "Athletics Competition for Young People" (download here) an information leaflet for teachers, leaders and coaches which covers all our programmes for school age children.
Schools' athletics frameworkOur competition framework for schools athletics in England was endorsed by DCMS in Summer 2009. To see the framework for athletics in schools, including which skills, activities and competition formats are relevant for each Key Stage please download the document England Athletics - Framework for Athletics in Schools here. England Athletics presented its schools athletics competition framework to the National Competition Manager Network in December 2008 but you may find it useful to read through the slides from the presentation for further information.
Schools' Super 8
To go to the QuadKids website click here.
Tesco Great School RunThe Tesco Great School Run is a 2k event encouraging children to take part in exercise for fun, and to help to make physical activity part of each school’s and every family’s lifestyle. The Tesco Great School Run is now established as an annual event, and as the programme grows, it is hoped that schools will help us to develop more curriculum links, making the event an integral part of the school calendar.
To learn more about the Tesco Great School Run please click here.
Aviva UKA Academy Awards
The Aviva UKA Academy Awards offer an effective test for your children / potential athletes as they learn to enjoy all aspects of running, jumping and throwing. 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 Aviva UKA Academy Awards please click here.