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Athletics offers the widest range of choice of any sport as its various disciplines provide the opportunity to throw, run or jump.

An Overview of Athletics

The range of disciplines across the track, field, road and off-road provides an incredible diversity of events for different people with different skills and abilities. For other people athletics is about fitness and participation but the range of age groups, events, competitions and clubs means that athletics really is a truly inclusive sport. In many different ways athletics really is one of the most exciting, diverse and vibrant sport there is. For many the sport provides the ultimate challenge to their competitive abilities.

Benefits

  • Field events such as shot put help develop physical strength
  • Cardiovascular benefits from the running disciplines.
  • Social benefits from group training sessions

Costs

Disciplines such as running only require the cost to purchase suitable shoes. There are many beginners running groups across the country that are free to join and some that charge a small price of £1-2 per session. For more specialised athletic disciplines a membership with a club is likely to be required.

Involvement

Everyone. The different disciplines suit different body shapes and sizes.

Equipment

Equipment needed is dependent on the discipline. But the key piece of equipment needed is some running shoes.

Facts

  • The very first race of the modern Olympics in 1896 was the men's 100m sprint.

Find Athletics Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

This Girl Can

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

No one gets to choose how you exercise other than you. Your body, your call. And whatever that looks like, we think it’s worth celebrating.

#RunAndRevise

The #RunAndRevise campaign, from England Athletics and supported by Mind the mental health charity, encourages students aged 16-18 at school, or aged 18-25 at college or university, to take a break fr

#RunAndTalk

#RunAndTalk programme, supported by Mind – the mental health charity, has been created with the aim of improving mental health through running in England.

Athletics 365

Athletics 365 is a multi-event, young people development programme, which introduces athletes to the fundamental skills of athletics (vital to every sport).

Find a Guide Database (Guide Running)

Running is a great way to get fit, enjoy the outdoors and meet other people. England Athletics and British Blind Sport have created the Find a Guide Database to help you start, get back to or stay run

This Girl Can

This Girl Can seeks to tell the real stories of women who get active or play sport in the way that’s right for them using images that show what activity really looks like in all its glory.

National Governing Bodies

British Athletics

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0121 713 8400

England Athletics

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0121 347 6543
Contact Email
enquiries@englandathletics.org
WheelPower

WheelPower

WheelPower are dedicated to providing opportunities for disabled people to find a sport they enjoy and provide opportunities throughout the year to introduce people to wheelchair sport..

Special Olympics Great Britain

Special Olympics Great Britain

Special Olympics offers a lifetime of learning through sport and benefits individuals of all ages and ability levels – from those with low motor abilities to highly skilled athletes.

England Athletics Club Support Fund

England Athletics Club Support Fund

1:00am - Fri 14th January, 2022

Our Club Support Fund aims to provide financial assistance for the athletics and running community.

Lloyd Cowan Bursary

Lloyd Cowan Bursary

England Athletics is pleased to give its backing to the ‘Lloyd Cowan Bursary’ to support the next generation of UK athletes. The Lloyd Cowan Bursary will award grants of up to £500 twice a year (in March and September). They will be available to coaches, and to unfunded athletes, aged 16-23, for whom cost is a barrier to accessing developmental opportunities in athletics.

Clean Athletics Support and Education Officer

UK Athletics (UKA) is seeking to appoint a Clean Athletics Support and Education Officer with the purpose to:
•Provide targeted Clean Athletics education, information and support to all levels of the athletics community and their support personnel.
•Promote the principles of Clean Athletes domestically by encouraging compliance with, and respect of, anti-doping rules and regulations and supporting athletes to prevent inadvertent breaches.

Head of Therapy and Medical Services

The UK Athletics World-Class Programme (WCP) is seeking an exceptional leader and Physiotherapist (or equivalent) to lead and manage the Therapy and Medical Services of the Performance Support team.