National School Sport Week at Home
This annual campaign which is now in its 12th year is powered by children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust. For 2020, National School Sport Week will become National School Sport Week at Home. Right now, young people are missing their friends and missing the sense of connection they get from enjoying sport and play. Millions of young people will be without a school sports day this summer. This year, Youth Sport Trust want to unite the whole country – families, schools, sport and businesses – in a celebration of the power of sport to bring people together to capture the enjoyment, challenge and camaraderie they are missing out on.
Across the week there are various ways you can get involved, you can sign up and access all the Youth Sport Trust resources or why not have a go at our very own Starting Blocs Athletics Activity card full of at-home challenges?
As part of National School Sport Week, Welsh Athletics are delighted to launch more ways children and young people can get involved in athletics during the current pandemic:
The Big Welsh Sports Day on Friday 26th June
We’re calling for all primary aged children across Wales to don their trainers and get involved in the Big Welsh Sports Day! You can choose any events to create your own sports day, from the egg and spoon race, to an obstacle race to a race against your parents! The more creative the better, make sure you share your sports day photo’s and events with us using #FunJumpThrow and #NSSWtogether If you would like some inspiration for things to try why not use our Starting Blocs Athletics Activity Card
Good luck and enjoy creating your best Sports Day yet!
Virtual Inter-Schools Competition with Cardiff Games
Earlier this month, Welsh Athletics announced a virtual track and field offering available to clubs and we are excited to launch an Inter-Schools Virtual Competition. Working with Cardiff Games, Sport Cardiff’s competition department, we are able to offer the opportunity to schools across Cardiff and Wales to take part in an Athletics competition. Primary and Secondary Schools will be able to submit results for their pupils to be entered on a leader board Wales-wide. Held over 3 weeks, a Run, Jump and Throw result can be submitted within the designated week, outlined below:
- Week 1 – RUN (10mx10m Shuttle Run) 6-12th July
- Week 2 – JUMP (Standing Long Jump) 13-19th July
- Week 3 – THROW (Chest Push) 20-26th July
Teachers and schools can download a results sheet here, and further guidance on how to get involved here. If you would like to register your school’s interest in taking part, please contact Hannah Pretty.
Teachers may also find the following webinars useful in their delivery of Athletics:
- Run – An introduction to sprint mechanics
- Jumps – The fundamentals of High Jump
- Throws – Introduction to the Shot Put
To view the full suite of webinars, visit the Welsh Athletics youtube channel
Club Virtual Sportshall Competitions
As part of the support offered to our member clubs during this time, we are delighted to announce that an extension to the virtual offering has been developed in conjunction with OpenTrack and the other Home Nations. We are now able to offer a Sportshall @ Home virtual competition format free of charge to our clubs which provides an opportunity for competition in basic athletic skills predominantly in a multi-event format.
The platform will offer automated calculation of combined scores based on the SportsHall scoring system and will give the opportunity for competition at home both within clubs and between clubs.