Youth Athletics

Get Set Go and Run Jump Throw are Athletics New Zealand’s Foundation Programmes which form the initial component of the Athletics NZ Long Term Development Pathway and our vision of ‘All New Zealanders engaged in athletics.’

For more information about Athletics New Zealand Programmes, please contact the Young Person’s Lead, Fiona Maisey fiona@athletics.org.nz.

The Colgate Games make up the pinnacle events for youth in our sport, fostering competition in fun and social environment, with participation and teamwork at the core

For more information about the Colgate Games, please visit our Kids Athletics Website.

Get Set Go

Get Set Go makes it easy for athletics clubs to plan and deliver a developmentally-appropriate programme for young members to enjoy and learn life-long movement skills. The quality resources (including skills cards, session planners and videos) allow athletics clubs to easily implement key fundamental movement skills for children aged 3-8 years. Find out more here.

Run Jump Throw

Run Jump Throw supports athletics clubs to plan and implement a quality, developmentally-appropriate and fun programme for children aged from 6-11 years old. Run Jump Throw provides athletics clubs with easy to use resources that support the planning and delivery of teaching athletics skills in a fun environment. It is designed to be flexible so it can fit into any club scenario. Find out more here.

Throw Like a Girl

The Athletics New Zealand #throwlikeagirl programme aims to support young women and their coaches to develop skills that can lead to success both within and outside of the Athletics arena.

The Athletics New Zealand Throw like a Girl programme caters specifically to the needs of young female athletes and their coaches, aiming to:

  • Develop each athlete’s physical, mental, social and leadership skills
  • Remove barriers to participation in throws events (shot put, javelin, discus and hammer) for young women
  • Provide an athlete-centred environment
  • Support existing coach/athlete relationships to grow the capability and capacity of the throwing events with our athletics communities

Future #throwlikeagirl programme opportunities to be communicated.

Colgate Games

The Colgate Games is an annual event for athletes aged 7-14 years, split into one North Island and one South Island Games. They are an opportunity for hundreds of young athletes from around the country to come together for three days of athletics, making new friends, meeting other kids, and enjoying competing against one another.

To find out more about the Colgate Games, please visit our Kids Athletics Website. Entries for the 2022 event open on 1 November 2021.

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