Connecting kids with athletics

Young girl hands Minister for Sport relay baton
Athletics Play is designed to get children out of their lounge rooms and into the playground

15 Dec 2010


Minister for Sport Mark Arbib has launched a new athletics manual which will help deliver athletic activities to primary school children around the country.

Senator Arbib said the Athletics Play manual would be used by a national network of community coaches involved in delivering the Active After-school Communities (AASC) program.

The Minister launched the manual with representatives from Athletics Australia, Little Athletics Australia, the Australian Sports Commission and children from St Joan of Arc Primary in Harberfield. 

Senator Arbib said the Athletics Play manual was made up of an eight week game-based activity program, focused on the core skills of running, jumping and throwing. 

“Athletics Play is designed to get children out of their lounge rooms and into the playground.  The activities have been designed to promote a team-based approach that is exciting, challenging and fun,” Senator Arbib said.

“This resource is all about connecting local athletic organisations with schools. Organisations such as Little Athletics Australia provide fantastic opportunities for children to be engaged in sport and other physical activities.

“There are more than 550 Little Athletic centres across Australia providing the opportunity for thousands of children to participate in athletic activities all year round.” 

Athletics Play is the first time the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), Athletics Australia and Little Athletics Australia have come together to provide coaches and expertise to the after-school activities through the AASC program.

“The Active After-school Communities program has proven results in encouraging children to join a local sporting club. More than 150,000 children have access to the program nationally,” Senator Arbib said.

“Through sampling a wide range of sporting activities children gain the confidence to choose a specific sport.  Athletics Play is designed to highlight how much fun athletics can be.”

Senator Arbib said the Gillard Government was committed to encouraging children into sport and outdoor activities.

Athletics Play is part of the Australian Government’s record $1.2 billion investment in sport over the next 4 years.

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