What is little athletics? As the name suggests, it is based upon the sport of athletics (track and field and cross country running). There are a wide range of events from Sprints, Hurdles, Middle Distance, Race Walking, Relays, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Long Jump, Triple Jump, and High Jump. Events are modified to suit the age, developmental stage and ability of the children. Little Athletics is the "Foundation for all Sports" as all sports use the skills developed at Little Athletics.
What age can my child attend little athletics? Children who will be between the ages of five (5) and fifteen (15) years on 31 December 2021 can register. If your child turns 5 after 31st December, they can join on or after their birthday. Unlike other sports, you can join athletics at any point through the season.
What does little athletics cost? Just $170 per child for the entire year (October through to August). This includes both track & field (summer) and cross country (winter) seasons. Discounts apply to families with multiple children.
What is Track and Field (summer) Season? Track and field season focuses on track events (running & hurdles at various distances) and field events (throwing and jumping). It starts the first week of October and finishes at the end of March (School Terms 4 & 1) and runs for approximately 20 weeks of various programs.
What is Cross country (winter) Season? Cross country running is where children run between 750m and 3000m depending on their age, starting in April through to the end of August (School terms 2 & 3). The courses cover a variety of surfaces including grass, trails, open country, hills, flat ground and sometimes even a bit of mud. Cross country season is great to keep kids active during winter and build a solid fitness base.
My child is not sporty, can they still attend? YES, children can join with any level of skill or fitness. Our emphasis is on Family, Fun & Fitness. Children are given plenty of encouragement to achieve personal bests (PB's). Little Athletics recognises that children vary widely in shape, size and athletic ability, and is one of few sports that successfully caters for all. We encourage everyone.
Can my child try it before I register/pay? We encourage all children to trial athletics to see if they like it. All athletes are entitled to two (2) free sessions and if they wish to continue, can register after these sessions.
Trialists register here
When is Berwick little athletics on? Track & Field is Saturday mornings. Starting time is 8:30am and finished by 10:30am. There is an occasional twilight event which starts at 6.00pm sharp on a Thursday or Friday evening.
Where is little athletics held? Berwick Little Athletics is conducted at Edwin Flack Reserve, Manuka Road Berwick.
What do I need to bring? All you need to bring is your uniform, running shoes, water bottle, hat and sun cream.
Does my child need to attend every week? While we encourage participation, attendance is optional. We understand families have other commitments and have no issues with children missing weeks, leaving early or arriving late.
Does my child need a uniform? You don’t need a uniform to trial little aths. Once you are registered, you are expected to wear a uniform. For new athletes without uniforms, you can compete in causual clothes for the first week or two to avoid waiting in queues for new uniforms.
When is training? Training will be held every week and is optional. More details click on the training tab.