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What's the score?
Throwing, jumping, running...athletics has got something for everyone.

In fact, why not try them all out? Kids aren't expected to specialise until they're in their teens.

What's in the kit bag?
PE kit and regular trainers are all they'll need to start off with.

If they get serious about it, specialised footwear with spikes may be needed later on.

Top tip
Make sure your child gets the chance to try out all the different events.

Then they can decide what they enjoy best.

Want more details on the sport?
Our Sport Academy Athletics section is packed with training tips and masterclasses from stars such as sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis. Why not have a go at our training challenges or tell us about your finals?

Where else can I get more information on the sport?
The UK:Athletics website, in partnership with Norwich Union, has details on development initiatives, such as the agility:challenge, shine:awards and start:track venues and dates.

You can also find a diary of athletic events and directory of clubs at:

There are over 600 tracks in the UK. They vary from cinder and grass tracks to synthetic surfaces for serious athletics.

The UK Running Club directory website has comprehensive details on tracks across the UK.


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Children will only take part in sport if it's fun. I'm not dealing with elite performers, so I downplay technique and concentrate on involvement and constant activity.
- A Shields, cricket coach and father


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