Next Athletics is a new and exciting games-based athletics program for children aged between 3 and 12 years of age brought to you by Athletics Australia.

Next Athletics offers a fun and engaging opportunity for preschool and school-aged children to gain and build essential athletics and life skills that will support participation in athletics and any sport, as well as embed healthy activity habits for life.

Participants learn and develop a variety of vital skills that are important for their all-round individual development, including fundamentals such as run, jump, and throw, while also developing coordination, balance, agility, flexibility, and body and spatial awareness. Next Athletics develops these skills in a fun, inclusive and age-appropriate format under the guidance of an Athletics Australia accredited coach in a safe and supportive environment. Next Athletics helps children to develop the competence, confidence and motivation to be active for life.

Classes operate each school term throughout the year with weekly classes running for between 45 and 60 minutes. The program is flexible, doesn’t require parents to volunteer and children can opt in and out of terms as they choose, depending on other sporting, education, and social commitments.

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Program Information

Classes run within the school terms, once per week and generally over an 8-week period. Where school terms are longer than 10 weeks, the program may run for an additional week.

Level 1 sessions run for 45-minutes, while Levels 2, 3, and 4 run for 60-minutes. Each session is structured into three 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 to reinforce learning. Participants should plan to arrive 5 minutes prior to their class to check-in with coaches.

Classes are conducted in a variety of locations and settings. The program is very adaptable, and sessions can be conducted in almost any location, but are usually run outdoors in parks, reserves, on ovals, and on school grounds or in indoor venues, particularly to avoid unfavourable weather conditions. Find a program near you!

Next Athletics is Flexible and Inclusive

The Next Athletics program introduces and progressively builds upon foundational movement skills in a games-based fun, safe, and quality athletics program. Next Athletics’ flexible programming allows for variety, modification, and growth based on individual and collective needs with Next Athletics coaches able to adapt activities to suit a wide range of abilities and needs.

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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.