Children & Young People

Welsh Athletics works closely with local authority sport development teams and clubs to provide and support opportunities for young people to get involved in Athletics across Wales. These opportunities are described below: 


QuadKids is a UK wide format which has fast become the preferred format for the School Games and is being adopted by Primary schools within their Junior Sports Days. It allows pupils to participate together as a team and compete across all 4 events, scoring points based on their performances.  In Wales, there are usually local heats, where primary schools are invited along to participate, organised by the local club network officer in partnership with sport development leads. The winners of these heats will progress on to a local authority final, and from here those qualifying will be invited to a regional final.

  • What? Four events: Standing long jump, vortex throw, 600m and 75m.

  • Who? Primary school aged children, usually in school years 5 and 6. A team consists of 2 boys and 2 girls in the same school year. Schools will be invited to attend QuadKids competitions and will be able to enter teams in either year group (this may vary across local authority / region).  

  • How?  To get your school involved, you can contact your local Club Network Officer.


Sportshall athletics is an exciting indoor programme of adapted athletics activities for 11-13 year olds. Sportshall provides fun ways to build core skills and is renowned for its exhilarating team competitions. Sportshall is the top school sports participation competition in the UK. In Wales the schools athletics districts, along with support from Welsh Athletics, deliver sportshall competitions usually during curricular or extracurricular time. From these competitions, teams are selected to represent their school district at the National Sportshall Final.

  • What? Standing long jump, standing triple jump, vertical high jump, speed bounce, shot put, 2 laps, 4 laps
  • Who? Secondary school children aged 11-13
  • How? To get your school involved, you can contact your local Club Network Officer

Cross Country  

  • What?  Cross country is an endurance event run during the winter season (usually October- March) and is a great opportunity to get involved in our sport during the winter months. We offer a great pathway in cross country from grassroots level to national. The distances vary across the age groups but roughly start at 1200m in primary school to 5000m for the oldest age group in secondary schools. Welsh Athletics works in partnership with local authorities and schools districts to provide local and regional cross country events for young people.
  • Who?  There are opportunities for young people to get involved in cross country at primary school level and secondary school.
  • How?  To get your school involved, you can contact your local Club Network Officer.

Junior parkrun

  • What?  Junior parkrun is a series of 2k events for children aged between 4 and 14. They are held in areas of open space around the UK. They are open to all, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.
  • Who?  Children aged between 4 and 14.
  • How?  To get involved in junior parkrun please visit the junior parkrun website.

Joining a Club

Does your child enjoy athletics? Have you recently completed a family fun run and been inspired to get your children involved in running? There are plenty of opportunities available for young people to get involved in Athletics; from those described above to joining a club. For more information visit our Join a Club page.

Codes of Conduct for Parents and Athletes can be found on our Codes of Conduct Page.