Athletics Australia is delighted to offer its Sporting Schools program to children of all abilities across Australia’s school yards.
Athletics is an original Olympic sport and has provided some of the most iconic moments in Australian sporting history. It is also a foundation sport, giving children the fundamental skills of running, jumping and throwing that are transferable across all sports.
Athletics Australia’s programs are an introduction to team-based activities, in an age appropriate format focused on fun and keeping kids moving. The focus of the program is on skill development, building a generation of active, healthy, sport loving children whilst most importantly having fun.
Athletics Australia is pleased to partner with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) to deliver this $200 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport.
As the national sporting organisation (NSO) for Athletics, we offer schools and coaches quality programs that encourage children to join in and enjoy this great fundamental sport.
“Our (IAAF) ambition is to excite, bring in team ethics and provide all the physical literacies you need going through life in athletics and in all other sports.” Lord Sebastian Coe, IAAF President.
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Athletics Australia offers flexible primary school and secondary school programs to meet the individual needs of schools.
IAAF Kids’ Athletics is a highly engaging participation based program delivered in three skill levels - beginner, intermediate and advanced - to cover all age groups at primary school. The program is fully aligned with all relevant school curriculum competencies. There are resources available for teachers delivering the programs including a manual for each skill level.
The Active Aths program is designed for secondary school students in Year 7 and 8 to develop their competence and capability to confidently engage in sport and a healthy lifestyle.
Teachers and coaches are our assets
Athletics Australia values the role of teachers not just in the classroom but in the school yard as well. Their enthusiasm for improving children’s lives is often understated.
Coaches are also a wonderful influence on children throughout their formative years. Coaches are the people who deliver the skills with fun and enjoyment.
The information below is a guide to how schools, coaches and sporting organisations can deliver the Athletics Australia program within Sporting Schools.
Contact: Sporting Schools Coordinator, Athletics Australia
Phone: (03) 8646 4550
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