Sportshall UK Championships: Fun in Athletics Festivals
Sportshall emphasises the importance of team competition, fair play and participation. Each county is invited to select one or two representative teams, providing their more talented athletes, aged between 9 and 11, with the opportunity to compete at a regional level. For many this will be their first major event beyond club and county competition.
Each team may include up to 15 girls and 15 boys, with each athlete restricted to participation in three track and two field events. In Sporthall Fun in Athletics Festivals, all events are contested on a team basis. On the track, the races are completed in pairs or teams of four, whilst the performances of athletes in the field events are added together to produce a team score.
A number of additional non-scoring relays are staged throughout the Festival ensuring that all athletes have plenty to do and lots to cheer. Additional races for younger brothers and sisters will be staged, usually drawing the loudest cheers of the day. Fun in Athletics Festivals conclude with presentations to both the girls and boys teams.
British Athletics Sportshall UK Championships
The Sportshall UK Championships provide the competitive focus for many young athletes over the winter season. Sportshall activities are at the heart of many clubs' winter programmes encouraging year round enjoyment and participation in athletics. Athletes will have qualified through their counties varied selection processes with the majority participating in county leagues.
Sportshall Regional Finals usually marks the climax to the winter season for many Under 13s and Under 15s, with all striving to secure a place in the UK Final. Birmingham's LG Arena at the NEC once again hosted the UK Final on Sunday April 3rd.
For those at the top of the Under 15 age group this was their last competitive Sportshall event. However, a great number will return to Sportshall in the coming years as developing coaches, budding team managers and enthusiastic young officials.