Session Information

All programs are run within the school terms, generally over 8 or 9 weeks. Where school terms are 11 weeks, the program may run for an additional week. Learn more

Level 1 sessions run for 45-minutes, while Levels 2, 3, and 4 sessions run for 60 minutes. Each session is structured into three equal blocks of time that provide a welcome and warm-up, game play, and skills focus. Between each block of activity, time is allocated for a drink break and discussion. Participants should plan to arrive 5 minutes prior to their session to check-in with coaches. Learn more

Participants should wear comfortable, active clothing, appropriate to the venue and weather conditions, and closed-toe, active footwear. Participants should bring a filled water bottle, a hat and apply sunscreen prior to the class. During the colder months, warm outer layers are recommended, and a change of clothes is suggested.

Sessions are conducted in a variety of locations and settings. These are dependent upon availability of facilities, coaches, and program demand. The program is very adaptable, and sessions can be conducted in almost any location, but are usually operated in parks, reserves, on ovals, and on school grounds. Programs can also be conducted indoors in school sports halls and leisure venues. Learn more

Our coaches are skilled in creating ways to continue to run programs in a range of weather conditions. Depending on the weather conditions, the locations, and the alternative options available at facilities, modification of activities may be required from time to time. Safety is our highest priority and during cases of inclement weather, sessions may be cancelled. If sessions are cancelled due to unsafe or unsuitable weather conditions, we will endeavour to notify participants as soon as possible ahead of time.

Next Athletics activities vary across classes and levels. The program framework takes a games-based approach to learning and developing fundamental skills (running, jumping, throwing, rolling etc.) through to complex skills using a range of different games and team-based activities. This can include tiggy games through to sprints and hurdles, leap-frogging lily pads through to triple jump, tunnel ball through to shot put, and obstacle courses through to team relays.

Participant numbers are capped at a maximum of 20 children per class. This is to ensure that the groups are a manageable size and that participating children get the most from their experience.

Next Athletics acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we play, learn, and grow. We pay our respects to First Nations elders both past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.