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Sports Matters Awards!


Hello there!

So far, November has been a month full of excitement and worthy acknowledgment for Athletics.

The Sports Matters Awards... took place on 14th November at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. The awards celebrate everything that is exemplary in school sport and physical education. The level of interest in 2012 was astounding – thanks to the influence and inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Athletics luminaries such as Jessica Ennis, Christine Ohuruogu, Paul Blake and Richard Whitehead were in attendance as Olivia Breen was highly commended and Jordan Howe was commended in the Excellence in Disabled Sport category.

16 year old Breen, of Bohunt School in Hampshire, won a bronze medal in the T35-T38 4x100m relay and finished fifth in the 100m and eighth in the 200m at the Paralympics in London in September. The youngest member of Great Britain’s Paralympics athletics team had also won bronze in both the 100m and 200m at the IPC Athletics European Championships in the Netherlands in June.

Jordan Howe, also 16 at the time of the Paralympics, finished seventh in the T35 100m in London. The Rumney High School student recorded big personal bests over both 100m and 200m during 2012, running 13.04 and 27.86 respectively.

Also, The School Sports Teacher of the Year award – presented by triple-jump legend Jonathan Edwards and Will Bayley, the individual silver and team bronze Paralympic table tennis champion – went to Liz Neale, who has been committed to the development of sport for children with disabilities for over 30 years. 

Overall if it was day of celebration shared by champions and a chance to admire and relish the amazing talent we have witnessed this year! For more information on this please click here.

A little reminder! Elevating Athletics is a resource aimed at schools. It can be purchased from the Youth Sport Trust eShop.  This teaching resource develops the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver enjoyable, engaging and progressive lessons at key stage 1 and 2, and shows how to maximise activity levels while developing the fundamental movement skills that underpin athleticism.  Get yours today!

Finally, very big congratulations to Birchfield who won the womens race in the English Cross Country Relays in Mansfield on November 3!

Largely thanks to the efforts of Hannah Walker (Bud Baldaro). The 21 year-old, who ran for Britain in the European Cup 10,000m at Bilbao this year, ran the fastest leg of 9:46.65 in moving her club from 24th to first on leg two.

Leigh's Lauren Howarth (Self-coached) was the only other runner inside 10 minutes with 9:54.25.

Shaftesbury Barnet were a close second, just over five seconds back, while Aldershot were a further 10 seconds back in third. For more details on this event please click here.

I will be in touch with you all on more athletics updates, speak soon!


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Aviva UKA Academy Blog

It’s Nearly October Half Term!


Hello Everyone,

Thank goodness, it’s not long to go now until October half term! I am sure you are all excited for a well deserved break from all that hard work and those early morning get ups.

Reminder! You don’t have long left to join in The World Marathon Challenge that is taking place on 16th October 2012. The World Marathon Challenge is a simultaneous relay in which teams of 11 to 13-year-olds from across the globe race against each other over the full marathon distance. Not only is this a great opportunity to take part in the biggest children’s running event in the world and experience endurance running in a team format, but it also raises awareness of the fight against world hunger. Don’t miss out; click here to view the website to find out how you can get involved. 

London Olympic Games... I am sure you are missing the sporty buzz just like I am! The London 2012 Games were a huge success especially for Paralympic athletics, with new stars emerging and inspiring a generation. We are now looking for a new generation of Paraympic athletes through our upcoming Parallel Success talent identification days. Aviva Parallel Success is split into two sections – there is advice and guidance on who is eligible for the Paralympic Pathway and how you can begin to spot a potentially talented athlete, but there’s also information on competition opportunities on the British Athletics Academy Calendar so they have the chance to experience the action and excitement.

Are you stuck for ideas on what to do in your October half term? Why don’t you take part in an Startrack scheme, Jessica Ennis started her athletics career taking part as a 10 year old! Aviva Startrack schemes are run locally and every year more than 20,000 children take part, you could be one of them! Click here to check out where your nearest scheme is being held.

With such a great summer of athletics fresh in the memory, it is time to vote for your 'British Athlete of the Year' . This is a great opportunity to show your support for your favourite athlete. Who will you vote for?

Well that’s all for now folks, enjoy your half term and remember to keep active!

Speak to you all soon,


Aviva No1 sponsor of UK athletics since 1999

Aviva UKA Academy Blog

Back to School!



This summer has been a wonderful time for athletics with the Olympics and if you attended the Outdoor Series you will have seen me having so much fun on the track!

My highlight of the Birmingham Grand Prix was watching Mo Farah win the 2 mile race at the very end of the day. The crowd were cheering so loudly and the atmosphere was amazing. Another brilliant result for Mo!

Now your six week holiday is over and you are refreshed and ready to go back to school. Athletics Academy wants me to remind you of Free Elevating Athletics courses for teachers. These are available through your Home Nation Athletics Federations. England, Wales,  Scotland and Northern Ireland. You can also click here for a sneak peek of the free resources you can download from the website, including lesson plans.

Have you heard of World 1,500 Metre Challenge for primary schools on the 16thOctober? This is a simple relay event for primary school teams of nine children who race other teams from across the globe in a friendly ‘virtual’ competition. It is free to enter and a great way to get into endurance running. For details please click here.

Secondary schools do not miss out! The World Marathon Challenge, in support of Save the Children, is also happening on 16th October 2012, teams of secondary school children across the world will compete in a challenging simultaneous relay race in an attempt to break the Marathon world record. This is an exciting global competition that you could be part of! Click here for details.

Everyone who takes part in the World Marathon Challenge is eligible for a Marathon Endurance Award badge, which can be purchased here!

I am sure you will agree with me that it has been a great outdoor season of athletics; I hope watching your heroes has inspired you to get running, jumping and throwing!

See you soon!


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