Little Athletes On Track

New program takes off right here in Narrabri

Back, Little Athletics NSW participation coordinator Dom Marsh, Narrabri Little Athletics coaches Erin Lennox and Nikki Connole, middle, Maicee Astill, Aden Lysaght, Blair Lennox, Ryan Warnock, front, Stevie Howison, Maddison Connole and Lawson Oakley.

A Little Athletics Australia program for young little athletes named On Track was recently launched.

And Narrabri was chosen to be the first town to pilot the program, which delighted the hardworking committee at Narrabri Little Athletics.

The On Track program is simple - it will teach children the skills of athletics before they are asked to perform them in a competitive environment.

It is a training program based on research that has been done on how children learn sporting skills, what children want out of their early sporting experiences and the learning capacities of children at different ages.

The program has five levels.

Under-6 children start at level one and each year graduate one level.

Each level is more complex.

It is up to the individual centres as to how many levels are taught, but it was recommended that children complete three levels.

Little Athletics NSW participation coordinator Dom Marsh travelled from Sydney last Wednesday to oversee a session of the newly-implemented program.

“We are hoping that this type of product will be similar to an Auskick in AFL or a Milo Cricket type thing in cricket, where it’s an identifiable athletics product that families will identify with and want to get their kids involved in little athletics,” Marsh said.