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What is Athletics?

Athletics is a collection of track and field events that involve running, jumping and throwing.

The range of disciplines across the track, field, road and off-road provides an incredible diversity of events for different people with different skills and abilities. For other people athletics is about fitness and participation but the range of age groups, events, competitions and clubs means that athletics really is a truly inclusive sport. In many different ways athletics really is one of the most exciting, diverse and vibrant sport there is. For many the sport provides the ultimate challenge to their competitive abilities.


  • Field events such as shot put help develop physical strength
  • Cardiovascular benefits from the running disciplines.
  • Social benefits from group training sessions


Disciplines such as running only require the cost to purchase suitable shoes. There are many beginners running groups across the country that are free to join and some that charge a small price of £1-2 per session. For more specialised athletic disciplines a membership with a club is likely to be required.


If you want to run, jump or throw, athletics provides the perfect platform to compete. The UK Athletics Grassroots scheme provides information on how you can begin taking part whether as an athlete, coach, official or volunteer.


Equipment needed is dependent on the discipline. But the key piece of equipment needed is some running shoes.


  • The very first race of the modern Olympics in 1896 was the men's 100m sprint.


Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will welcome more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories to the Gold Coast and event cities Brisbane, Cairn

National Sporting Heritage Day

Held on the 30th September every year, the day provides a focus point for sporting heritage in the UK.

Local Programmes

School Games (Leicester-Shire & Rutland)

A unique opportunity to motivate and inspire young people to take part in more competitive school sport.

Your Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance

A Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance (LSA) is a collection of people who have a desire to develop and promote sport and physical activity in their locality.

Local Contacts

Heidi Bradley

Club Support Manager

England Athletics

07968 498701


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  • Sport England
    County Sport Network
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • East Midlands Platform
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • Safeguarding
    Leicester City Council
  • Melton Borough Council
    Leicestershire County Council
  • British Heart Foundation
    Equality Standard
  • Blaby District Council
  • Harborough District Council
    Rutland County Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    Age UK L&R
  • Loughborough University