Athletics is a fully inclusive, all year-round sport, which covers a collection of running, jumping, throwing, athletics events. Competition formats including traditional Track & Field Athletics, Cross Country, and exciting short form competition formats.

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Athletics in the School Games

Athletics is one of largest sport in the School Games and provides all year-round competition formats, including Sportshall Athletics and Cross Country in the winter, to Short form and traditional athletics competitions in the summer. From Intra and inter school to county, national and virtual competitions. Athletics competitions and sessions can be delivered with limited equipment.

Athletics is one of the most inclusive sports, where every child can take part and be recognised for both the success and their own personal achievement (Personal Best Awards). 

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. 

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Between 800,000 and 1 Million children take part in school-based athletics competitions every year in England.

These are delivered through Sportshall Athletics, English Schools Competitions, and other exciting short form competitions. Many thousands of school athletes have gone on to compete at the highest levels in sport. From the English Schools alone, over 350 people have gone on to win major medals at the Olympics, World, European or Commonwealth Games. In addition, many other have gone on to compete at the highest level in professional football, rugby, Hockey, etc.

England Athletics

England Athletics is the National Governing Body of Sport for Athletics and Running, from grass roots athletics to elite level sport. Through athletics (running, jumping, and throwing), we believe children can develop the skills necessary to enjoy a lifelong love of sport.  The skills of running, jumping and throwing are essential in almost every sport.

For any SGOs, teachers, families and young people wishing to find out more about the sport of athletics and how they can take part, please visit: Junior Athletics Clubs & Schools | England Athletics

Information provided within this section includes Teacher Education, Primary and Secondary Resource and Competition information. To support young people stay active at home, using fun, engaging activities schools, parents and pupils can visit: Athletics & Running for Everyone @home | England Athletics

Funetics: funetics is a programme which provides fun athletics sessions to help 4-11-year-old children learn, develop and practice running, jumping, and throwing skills all year round. Developed by England Athletics, funetics reflects the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2 and seeks to inspire all young people to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.

Partners Websites:

Sportshall – Competition Partner who delivers the Sportshall Athletics competition formats from September through to March / April, for Primary and Secondary aged children.

English Schools Athletics Association - Competition Partner who delivers Cross Country and Track & Field Athletics competitions throughout the year.

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Athletics recognises and rewards every child's performance in competition and the wider sport, through our awards programmes (which recognise a child achieving a new Personal Best) and our exciting competition formats, such as our Super Teams format. Super Teams rewards which team and child improves the most, as well as the best performer.

Getting involved in Athletics


Sportshall Athletics - Handbook

Through the Autumn and Winter period children can take part in Sportshall Athletics, working with our competition partners Sportshall.

This competition format is one of the most popular in the Schools Games programme. The Sportshall manual provides information on how to organise and run this competition format. Sportshall also offer virtual challenges for children to undertake at home. For further information please visit:

Super Teams - New Outdoor Format called ‘Super Team’ (Super Teams Manual).

The concept of Super Teams is that, whichever team and individual(s) improves the most over a series of 3-4 competitions, will be crowned the winners. This competition can be delivered physically or virtually. If you would like further information on the competition contact: [email protected]   

English Schools Award Programmes - Posters

England Athletics have been working with the English Schools Athletics Association to update the Personal Improvement Awards programme. These awards will allow every child to measure their own personal improve against a series of athletics standards. This new programme will launch in early 2021. 

Youth Endurance Manual: This manual provides schools with guidance on running cross country and youth endurance competitions and activities all year around.



Schools and Primary age children can access our new funetics programme.

Funetics is a fun, inclusive programme, created by England Athletics to help 4-11 years old children across the country to learn, practice and develop running, jumping, and throwing skills, all year round. When feasible to do so, England Athletics will be looking to deploy Direct Deliverers for the funetics programme to help deliver Schools Extended hours offers.  For more information please visit: 

Throughout the challenges of COVID, funetics has also provide a series of videos activities and a cross curricular Home Schools pack for children and parents / guardians to follow at home: funetics @home - funetics  

Young Leaders

England Athletics has moved its successful Young Leaders Award (Leading Athletics), online to a webinar- based delivery. This workshop is aimed at children 14 years plus and is accompanied by an app-based Athletics Leaders resource.  For more information visit: Leading Athletics Course | England Athletics

Teacher Training (Flyers – Primary and Secondary):

England Athletics has recently moved its Teaching Primary and Secondary Schools Athletics workshops online, to help increase both the speed and ease of accessibility to this training. 

These workshops are aimed at qualified and trainee teachers and are packed full of useful teaching tips and ideas. Each workshop is also accompanied by an app-based teaching resource. 

The Primary Workshop is delivered over two x 2-hour webinar-based sessions. £50 per person

The Secondary Workshop series includes:

  • Three x 2-hours webinar-based workshops covering the topics of, Teaching Running, Jumping or Throwing Events. 

Each workshop cost £20 per person. For more information contact: [email protected]

Activities to do at home

Keeping Active at Home: 

Since March 2020, England Athletics has developed an extensive @Home offer aimed at school aged children wishing to keep active. Multiple online videos and resources have been developed to help children stay active at home. For more info visit:

Sportshall Home Pentathlon: Take part in five Sportshall Athletics events and competing with other people all over the country, in this fun @ Home challenge. Sportshall Athletics is one of the best-known School Games competitions formats and loved by millions of children all around the world. The creative team behind Sportshall Athletics have moved their format online, to ensure everyone can stay active.

For more information: Home Pentathlon - Sportshall.  An alternative to this is the England Athletics Weekly Track & Field Quadrathlon, where children compete in 4 events rather than five. For more information click here: Weekly Quadrathlon @home - Athletics & Running (

Funetics Activity Videos: The video demonstrates parents and children (4-11 years) taking part in FUN activities, based on the fundamental core movement skills of running, jumping and throwing. Schools, children and parents can access over 20 fun games through the funetics YouTube channel, which can be played in your back garden on local public park, with minimum equipment and maximum fun. For more information click here: Funetics - YouTube

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