Athletics 365 is a multi-event, young people development programme, which introduces athletes to the fundamental skills of athletics (vital to every sport). It is aimed predominantly at 8-15 year olds, but the resources can easily be adapted for use with younger athletes.
Athletics 365 focuses not only on how fast someone runs or how far someone jumps or throws but also, more importantly, on developing the technical skills (‘how’ to run, jump and throw) required to perform at full potential and move like a champion. In addition to technical skills, Athletics 365 also looks at an athlete’s physical, mental and emotional development, as well as their lifestyle and social development.
The Athletics 365 programme is broken down into nine progressive stages. Each stage provides athletes with new and progressively more difficult challenges appropriate to their stage of development. Athletics 365 encourages athletes to learn all the skills and events of athletics, and reinforces the importance of a good all round skill base.
The stages can be seen as similar to progression in other sports, such as the martial arts ‘belt system’ or the gymnastics ‘badge system.’
Through Athletics 365 young people will develop the skills and confidence to excel in life; not only in athletics, but in other sports and other life pursuits.
Clubs and coaches are able to purchase the supporting handbook that accompanies Athletics 365 through contacting Dave Goodger or their Athletics Network Officer. The costs for this excellent resource are £12.50 for posted resources or £10 through collection or arranged delivery from Welsh Athletics staff. Video clips of the challenges are available on U Coach, http://coaching.uka.org.uk/resources/athletics-365/