Schools Athletics & Initiatives Updates:
Entries are now open for the joint Welsh Inter Schools & Welsh Inter Regional cross country championships at Brecon on Saturday 20th November. Entries MUST be made via your school PE Department, before the strict closing date of Wednesday 17th November at 5pm.
Virtual SportsHall Challenge
Welsh Athletics are pleased to announce that there will be a repeat of the virtual schools sportshall athletics pentathlon challenge this autumn term for pupils in school years 5 to 8. With some restrictions still in place for indoor sporting activity this is the ideal opportunity for your pupils to participate in an indoor athletics competition albeit virtually. Schools have the month of November to undertake the challenge and submit just one set of results using this spreadsheet no later than 5pm Wednesday 1st December 2021 to Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org . Please use separate spreadsheets for boys and girls in secondary schools and one spreadsheet for boys & girls combined in primary schools.
• Each student will take part in Standing Long Jump, Speed Bounce, Shuttle Run, Vertical Jump and Chest Push within their bubbles on their own school site.
• The spreadsheet will automatically generate a Virtual Competition score based on the Top 5 Boys and/or Top 5 Girls performances in each of the 5 events
Note that the date of the Welsh Schools cross country championships has changed to the earlier date of Saturday 12th February from Saturday 5th March. Pupils should check with their PE teacher the date and venue of their county trial qualification event which progresses to the Welsh Schools Championships.
Teacher Training opportunities
Wednesday 9th February:
Virtual Run Jump Throw Teaching Primary School Athletics Workshop. £50pp. This is an online workshop that will take place in two parts; the first at 10:00 - 12:00 and the second part 13:00 - 15:00. 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. For more details and to book click here
Wednesday 16th February.
Virtual run Jump Throw Teaching Secondary School Athletics Workshop. £60pp. 3 x Two hour workshops covering the topics of:
- 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, associated with the workshop topic (i.e. If you attend the running workshop you will get the Running Teaching Resource, but if you attend all three workshops you will get the full secondary schools bundle).
These 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.
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