Athletics is the base of all sporting movements; a varied range of athletics programmes are available throughout Angus. In working with UK Athletics and Scottish Athletics, we provide the following programmes:
Run, Jump, Throw
The Run, Jump and Throw Clubs initiative is a programme for children to gain an opportunity to participate in athletics activity all year round. A Run, Jump and Throw Club is aimed at children who have taken part in an introductory athletics programme at school, in a holiday programme, or in a local/school competition and would like more input and activity before joining an affiliated Athletics Club.
The club offers a wide range of athletic activity for all children including all aspects of running, jumping and throwing. The children are put through their paces under the guidance of qualified athletics coaches.
Sportshall - Fun in Athletics
Sportshall is a national programme that is delivered locally through an effective working partnership involving ANGUSalive Sports Development Team, Education Department, Active Schools, Tayside & Fife Sports Partnership and Angus College.
The aim of Sportshall Fun in Athletics is to introduce primary school children to athletics, in a fun and safe, team-based environment. The Sportshall format provides highly enjoyable festivals for young people to try running, jumping and throwing activities.
The festival is a fun team-based competition, where children are encouraged to take part in a variety of events, up to 2 track events and 2 field events. In order to cover all events, a minimum of 9 girls and 9 boys and a maximum of 15 girls and 15 boys are included in the primary school teams. Participating children are in the Primary 6 or 7 age groups.
The Giant Heptathlon is an exciting inter-school competition. Each school team competes in a range of athletics based activities encompassing sprinting, hurdling, relays, endurance, jumps and throws. Athletics work around seven stations within their school team.
The format of this particular event provides a great opportunity for talent identification within the sport. Teams rotate round the activities with each pupil participating in each event. Scoring is based on the overall team score after all seven events have been completed.
The festivals cater for the school cluster areas of Montrose, Carnoustie, Monifieth, Forfar, Brechin and Arbroath with cluster events taking place in November every year.
The winning team from each cluster festival will take part in an Angus Final in December from which two teams will go forward to represent Angus in a Tayside & Fife Final held early the following year.
There are two athletics clubs in Angus:
- Arbroath & District Athletics Club
- Montrose & District Athletics Club
Both clubs offer opportunities for all to take part and enjoy athletics, with a minimum age requirement of 8 years and no maximum limit. Club members can take part as a recreational club member or go on to competitions. Both clubs have the GOLD Angus Club Excellence level of accreditation and have strong links with Scottish Athletics.
For more information about the clubs and for opportunities to join, contact the clubs directly.