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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.

National Governing Bodies

British Athletics

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Telephone
0121 713 8400

England Athletics

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Telephone
0121 347 6543
Contact Email
enquiries@englandathletics.org

The Birmingham Blitz Dames

Birminghams longest running roller derby league.

We play a fast paced full contact sport played on roller skates with members ranging from complete beginners to international athletes all forming part of our great community.

Vision Sports Academy CIC

Vision Sports Academy CIC (VSA) is a Birmingham based sports coaching social enterprise, more specifically a community interest company which tackles social objectives & reinvests profits back into the community.

Fit 4 Sport

Fit4Sport are not just another sports coaching company. We are a unique Specialist PE and Fitness provider, working with children of all ages and abilities. We use sport and physical activity to inspire children to be aware of the impact and benefits of p

Croft Church of England Primary School

Croft Church Of England Primary School is a small, family feel school who believe in a holistic approach to education so health and well being feature highly in our curriculum offer.

Junior Inclusive Athletics

Junior Inclusive Athletics

Our fun-based junior inclusive athletics club at the Ryland Centre welcomes all abilities to come and learn various athletic skills and techniques.

Led by qualified coaches and also suitable for wheelchair users.

Arrow Valley parkrun

Arrow Valley parkrun

Parkruns are a free, timed, five kilometre events organised across the world to be safe and welcoming for anyone and everyone.

Active Families

Active Families

This FREE fun activity program is running at 5 locations in Redditch, providing 5-11 year olds and their families with fun activities each week and will include a healthy snack.

Churchfields parkrun

Churchfields parkrun

Parkruns are a free, timed, five kilometre events organised across the world to be safe and welcoming for anyone and everyone.

Wyre Forest parkrun

Wyre Forest parkrun

Parkruns are a free, timed, five kilometre events organised across the world to be safe and welcoming for anyone and everyone.

Evesham parkrun

Evesham parkrun

Parkruns are a free, timed, five kilometre events organised across the world to be safe and welcoming for anyone and everyone.