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IAAF Kids' Athletics

What is it?

IAAF Kids’ Athletics is one of the biggest grassroots development programmes in the world of sports. Created in 2005, the programme by the end of 2011 had reached a cumulative audience of 1.5 Million kids across 100 territories.  In 2012 Nestlé became the programme’s main sponsor, its commitment allowing the IAAF to organise additional courses for lecturers and coaches and eventually to reach a larger number of kids in existing or new markets. The IAAF objectives of the programme are to make Athletics the number one participation sport in schools, to educate kids into sport in general and athletics in particular and thus promote a balanced and healthy lifestyle, and to attract and sustain the potential sporting stars of tomorrow.

In 2001, the “IAAF Kids’ Athletics” working group took the initiative and developed an event concept for children which featured a distinct departure from the adult model of Athletics. The concept was hereafter labelled, IAAF KIDS’ ATHLETICS - An attractive, accessible, instructive and exciting athletics programme aimed specifically at children. It is a fun team-based competition comprising of modified athletics games aimed at avoiding early specialisation. The programme is aimed at 7 – 10 year olds (but can be modified for younger and older athletes) and links in well with the established Athletics New Zealand Run Jump Throw coaching programme.

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IAAF Kids Athletics Video

If you are interested in using this programme in your club or school please contact:  
Cat O'Sullivan - Athletics NZ Club Development Manager


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