Athletics Australia – Kids' Athletics
|Overview||This program aims to build the foundational skills, techniques and knowledge around how to move the body.|
|Deliverers||Athletics Australia delivers with support from teachers|
|Training and Resources||Coaches completed online and face-to-face training provided by Athletics Australia. Additional training was provided around the Physical Literacy Framework.|
|Duration||1 x 60 minute session/week x 8 weeks|
|Age||5 – 12 years|
|Description||Primary school students in the school setting|
Physical literacy outcomes
Athletics Australia – Kids' Athletics helped children develop across all four domains of physical literacy – physical, psychological, social and cognitive.
Having fun was key.
Students enjoyed activities when they were with their friends as they provided a socially supportive environment.
Coach’s language was important to create a safe, trusting space where children could engage, learn and improve. For example, when a student said, “I am not good at throwing” the coach responded, “You either haven’t learnt how to do it yet, or you are still working on it, it’s just practice”.
Students were encouraged to better their own performance through learning and practice.
Collaboration between coaches and teachers ensured a good understanding of the children and the school environment.
Teachers benefited from observing a qualified coach create an engaging and safe learning environment. They also increased their capacity to deliver physical literacy outcomes.