ACTIVE SPORTS ATHLETICS
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Active Sports Athletics aims to provide better coaching and competition for young people aged 10-15 so that all young athletes receive a sufficient quantity and quality of coaching and competition to help them develop their own personal potential.
The programme will provide equal opportunities for boys and girls, seek to encourage young people from black, Asian and other ethnic minority communities to become involved in athletics, and address opportunities for young disabled people. It will also make the sport accessible to young people from priority areas.
The programme will be an essential tool to support a fundamental reorganisation of the management and coordination of programmes, club structures and coaching opportunities. This reorganisation will enable many more young people to access, enjoy and progress within the sport, and will help clubs to develop junior sections to ensure long-term enjoyment and commitment to athletics.
Improving the quality of coaching and competition and bringing new young people into the sport will benefit athletics by widening the potential pool of talented athletes and by introducing more young people to membership of athletics clubs. The framework can provide benefits not just to athletics as a sport, but also directly to young people through an enhanced lifestyle and indirectly to other sports that require athletics skills.
Sport England developed this overall approach working in consultation with all nine of the participating sports. But each sport has different development requirements, so each has produced its own specific framework to guide the local programmes.
The AAAE has invested considerable thought and effort in planning how to make Active Sports work for our sport. We have produced a detailed framework that we believe will deliver the best results for athletics.
The framework consists of four distinct stages.
Stage One aims to attract those young people who have already learnt the basics of athletics, either through school, sportshall athletics or Startrack schemes, and now wish to take their involvement further. Coordinated and structured coaching programmes will be organised in two age groups: Group One (10 - 12 years) and Group Two (12 - 15 years). The coaching will be multi-event based and the competition will be a team oriented multi-event festival. There will be two programmes a year based around a summer and winter programme.
This stage includes the development of quality clubs catering for juniors. Clubs involved will sign up to the new UKA Club Development Framework, and will be assisted to develop an all-year programme of progressive athletics coaching. They will be given support to improve the number and quality of their coaches and to operate more efficiently.
This third stage concentrates on the most effective way of identifying athletes who want to take their involvement with the sport further. Selection will be based on a combination of competition results, award scheme achievements and other background information. This process also aims to link with a coach from the athletes' club who is also interested in improving their coaching skills by involvement in partnership squads. Assessment and squad selection will take place in September/October each year.
The athletes and coaches identified at Stage Three will receive and deliver coaching on an event group basis. A key aim of the partnership squad is to enable the coaches to start to provide more individualised training programmes. The squad sessions will run from January-September. It is envisaged that the majority of the squad athletes will be 14 and 15 years old.