Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Club has been given a £500 grant courtesy of the Skipton Grassroots Giving Team.
This money will be used to buy new equipment for the club’s weekly taster sessions for 7 to 9 year olds, so that the club can offer a greater selection of activities that will further develop each child’s repertoire of skills.
Items such as mini hurdles, long and triple jump mats, weighted balls, hoops and beanbags will be bought with the money.
Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Club have been running weekly taster sessions for 7 -9 year olds in preparation for them competing for the club in cross-country and track and field events when they reach 9 years old.
Such is the interest in these one-hour sessions that there is a waiting list to join in excess of 100 youngsters!
Even at the tender age of 7, the children are taught the fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing, along with social skills, etiquette and discipline. Through listening to the advice of the club’s volunteer coaches, along with practising week on week, all of the youngsters improve. Many become extremely good athletes.
After attending this taster group, when they turn 9, they transition much better into the main athletics club due to their increased fitness and skill levels.
From grassroots to Olympic standard, the club have been successful in guiding youngsters to reach their pinnacle in this sport. Many youngsters continue their membership with the club and compete for their school, club, university or district, with some competing in regional or national championships before going on to represent their country.