Each year across NSW, approximately 40 000 boys and girls enjoy the activities that Little Athletics offer. Little Athletics is a uniquely Australian sport for children aged 3-17 years that has been operating in NSW since 1968. Over 1 million children have participated in NSW since its inception.
The philosophy of the Little Athletics movement is summed up in the slogan: "LITTLE ATHLETICS ... FOR ... FAMILY ... FUN ... and ... FITNESS".
Little Athletics aims to be more than a sport. It is a community-oriented organisation which enables the entire family to do something together.
The regular program is offered to children aged 5 to 17 years and a modified program, called "Tiny Tots" is for children between the ages of 3 and 5. Tiny Tots participate in games and activities designed to develop gross motor skills but do not compete.
Children come in all shapes, sizes and athletic ability, so activities are offered that cater to them all while still promoting fun and fitness. Children can join with any level of skill or fitness. They are given plenty of encouragement to achieve personal bests.
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As the name suggests, Little Athletics is based upon the sport of athletics (track and field) and the events are specially modified to suit the ages and abilities of the children. A wide range of running, jumping, throwing and walking events are conducted on a weekly basis at almost 200 individual Clubs throughout the summer sports season, usually running from September through to March. Each of the Centres conduct weekly activities at local venues. Find a centre near you.
Because Little Athletics is a totally voluntary organisation, centres cannot operate without the assistance of parents each week. Parents, grandparents and friends assist as voluntary helpers, or officials, which means that they can share in the experience with the kids. All parents are encouraged to become involved. All volunteers must undergo a 'working with children' security check.
MISSION STATEMENT The Little Athletics Association of NSW aspires to provide the community with recreational athletics activities that contribute to the healthy development of our children.
Such activities will promote: - Fun
The development of skills
The building of character and self esteem
The fostering of good sportsmanship
in a safe, positive, family-friendly and inclusive environment."
I did Little Athletics at Botany, I highly recommend it! It's a great activity and your kids can make lots of friends outside of it like I did. Between swimming, athletics and team sports, athletics wasnít my favourite but I donít look back.