Upcoming School Fixtures & Opportunities
WELSH SCHOOLS NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS:
The Welsh Schools National Cross Country Championships will be held in Brecon on Wednesday 15 February 2023. To participate you must be selected by your school district via your school district trial.
Below are the provisional dates and venues for the eight school districts trials. Pupils from any school district wishing to participate should speak to their school PE teacher to confirm if there are any preliminary races.
- Year 7
- U15/Juniors = school years 8 & 9
- U17/Middles = school years 10 & 11
- U20/Seniors = school years 12 to 14
District Trial Dates:
|Powys||03/02/2023||Dolerw Park, Newtown|
|Eryri||02/02/2023||Mold Alun School|
The Welsh Schools National Cross Country Championships will also act as the main selection event for the SIAB (British Schools) U15 & U17 International which is being held in Sefton Park, Liverpool on Saturday 25 March 2023.
Pupils entered by PE teachers, can potentially progress all the way to a Welsh National vest without being affiliated to a club, academy, regional or national development program.
WELSH SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS FINAL:
The U13 (Year 7 & 8) and U15 (Year 9 & 10) Welsh Sportshall Athletics Final will be held at Cwmbran Leisure Centre on Sunday 12 March 2023. The winning teams in each of the boys and girls age groups will progress to represent Wales in the British Finals in Sheffield, date to be confirmed, along with the top individuals in the U15 age group. Contact your PE teacher if you wish to be considered for selection for your school district trial. See below the trial dates;
|Dyfed||10/02/2023||Llanelli Leisure Centre|
|Cardiff and the Vale||
25/01/2023 (U13 Boys)
25/01/2023 (U13 Girls)
01/02/2023 (U15 Boys)
08/02/2023 (U15 Girls)
Whitchurch Lower School
Whitchurch Lower School
Ysgol Gymraeg Glantaf
Ysgol Gymraeg Glantaf
|North East Wales||TBC||TBC|
|South East Wales||TBC||TBC|
Each school district can hold a trial to select teams consisting of the following composition.
Under 13 events (Year 7 & 8, teams of 10 to 12 boys & 10 to 12 girls):
|Section A||Section B||Section C|
|2 lap race||Obstacle relay*||Vertical jump|
|4 lap race||8 lap paarlauf||Shot put|
|6 lap race||4 x 2 lap relay||Speed bounce|
|4 x 1 lap relay||Standing long jump|
|Standing triple jump|
(*Obstacle relay - forward roll, high stepper, speed bounce & 2 x hurdles)
Athletes can be selected in a maximum of 3 events and just 1 event from each section
Under 15 events (Year 9 & 10, teams of 6 girls & 6 boys):
|Section A||Section B||Section C||Relays|
|2 lap race||Standing long jump||Speed bounce||8 lap Paarlauf|
|4 lap race||Vertical jump (girls only)||Shot||4 x 2 lap relay|
|Standing triple jump (boys only)|
6 athletes must compete in one event in each section plus a relay, with a maximum of 3 athletes from each team in any one discipline. A 7th reserve athlete can compete in one of the relays and as a non scorer in sections B or C of their choosing
Find out more about Sportshall Athletics here!
TEACHER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:
Secondary, Wednesday 8th February 2023 @ Deeside & Friday 10th February 2023 @ Swansea 9.30am to 4.30pm.
In person Run Jump Throw, Teaching Secondary School Athletics workshops will be hled in Deeside on 8 February 2023 and Swansea on 10 February 2023. The sessions are £60pp, covering the below topics,
- Teaching Running Events & Developing Pupils Engagement
- Teaching Jumping Events & How to deliver an Inclusive, Child-Centred Approach
- Teaching Throwing Events & Developing Schemes of Work and Lesson Plans
Each workshop is accompanied by free access to the secondary schools app-based Resource. The resources include:
- Examples of Schemes of Work and Lesson Plans
- Technical tips on how to teach sprints, endurance, jumps and throws events
- Activity cards covering a full range of athletics events for pupils aged 11+
- Pupil Tasks Cards for greater independent learning
The resources associated with this workshop are provided via the Schools Athletics App, which has been designed to place running, jumping and throwing at the heart of school physical education, whilst supporting teachers in delivering athletics activities in an inclusive, exciting and engaging manner.
Primary, Monday 13th February 2023 10am to 4pm @ Sport Wales, Cardiff:
Run Jump Throw Teaching Primary School Athletics Workshop, £50pp.
The aim of this course is to provide teachers, new teachers and trainee teachers and others working in primary schools with the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver enjoyable and engaging running, jumping and throwing lessons that focus on maximum participation, increasing understanding and skill acquisition based upon high quality technical models.
THE DAILY MILE
Why not use the Daily Mile to help prepare your pupils for the summer term track & field events. As part of an exciting new partnership, Welsh Athletics has entered into a formal partnership with The Daily Mile. The Daily Mile is a transformative initiative where children run, jog, wheel or walk for fifteen minutes every day. Inclusivity and accessibility has always been at the heart of The Daily Mile – getting young people involved regardless of ability. For more details on how to sign your school up for this initiative click here!