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Athletics

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.

Benefits

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

Costs

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.

Involvement

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

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

Facts

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

Campaigns

Parents in Sport Week: 1-7 October

This year’s Parents in Sport Week takes place 1 – 7 October 2018.

Local Programmes

GO GOLD Funding Programme

The aim of GO GOLD is to support talented young athletes, including those athletes who are being recognised by their National Governing Bodies as being our future Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth

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.

National Programmes

Guide Running - Find a Guide

Running is a great way to get fit, enjoy the outdoors and meet other people. England Athletics and British Blind Sport have created the Find a Guide Database to help you start, get back to or stay run

Local Contacts

Heidi Bradley

Club Support Manager

England Athletics

Telephone
07968 498701

Partners

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

Partners

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