Athletics is a fully inclusive, year-round sport which covers a collection of running, jumping, throwing, and other athletics events.
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What is athletics?

Athletics is one of largest sports in the School Games and provides year-round competition formats, including Sports Hall Athletics in the winter, to traditional athletics competitions in the summer. From intra- and inter-school to county and national competitions, athletics competitions can be delivered with limited equipment.

Athletics is a highly inclusive sport, where every child can take part and be recognised for both their success and their own personal achievement. The skills of running, jumping, and throwing underpin almost every other sport and athletics can be used to enhance the wider PE and sports offer.

Find out more about how to run athletics formats.

Equipment needed

  • Suitable indoor or outdoor space
  • Cones
  • Howlers
  • Batons
  • Gym mats
  • A variety of balls (e.g. soft, tennis, etc) and beanbags
  • Stopwatch
  • Suitable space for long jumps
  • Bibs

Get involved

The School Games is inclusive to all young people and provides opportunities for everyone to get involved, either within school, against other local schools, or at county or regional level.

School Games Organisers

School Games Organisers (SGO) help schools coordinate appropriate competitive opportunities for all young people from Key Stage 2-4, to recruit, train and deploy a suitable workforce, and to support the development of club.

Sign up to find your local SGO

Quick and easy athletics activity resources

Be it 10-minute or lesson-length activities, we have a range of activities suitable for all ages and abilities to encourage young people to stay active throughout the day.

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