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Course Length: 4 Hours Face-to-Face (Primarily Practical) 

Locations: Australia-wide

Pre-requisites: Accredited Athletics Coach or Registered Teacher


Course Statement

The 'IAAF Kids' Athletics Upskilling' is designed to develop the competencies of coaches specializing in delivering athletics to Primary-aged athletes in a club or school setting. The course has a heavy focus on practical coaching competence in addition to understanding skill progression and encouraging long-term participation in sport. 

Course Accreditation

Successful participants of the IAAF Kids' Athletics Upskilling are eligible to register with Sporting Schools to be endorsed to deliver Athletics as part of the initiative. 

Expected Competencies

At the completion of the course it is expected that coaches will be able to satisfy the following criteria:

1-KA-1: Provide an environment for a variety of children that is inclusive, enjoyable, safe, and involves maximum participation. 

1-KA-2: Cater for the social and physical capabilities of individual participants.

1-KA-3: Understand the IAAF Kids' Athletics ethos.

1-KA-4: Organize and understand how to progress a variety of activities that develop the fundamental movement patterns of running, jumping, and throwing. 

1-KA-5: Adapt and implement an IAAF Kids' Athletics training session and Team Event.

1-KA-6: Deliver an IAAF Kids' Athletics program with clarity, confidence, and enthusiasm. 

1-KA-7: Understand the structure of athletics in Australia so as to best support athletes' involvement in the sport. 

1-KA-8: Understand an overview of the Sporting School initiative. 

1-KA-9: Communicate in an appropriate and effective manner to Primary-aged children. 

Course Resources

IAAF Kids' Athletics Coach Participant's Manual

IAAF Kids' Athletics Beginner Manual 

IAAF Kids' Athletics Intermediate Manual 

IAAF Kids' Athletics Advanced Manual 

Playing for Life Resources


Registration for this course is available online by visiting the Course Calendar or by emailing Athletics Australia for more information. 


At the successful completion of this course, participants will be awarded IAAF Kids' Athletics Coach accreditation and be eligible to be endorsed by Sporting Schools to deliver athletics. 

IAAF Kids' Athletics coaches are expected to be able to lead a Sporting Schools program in Primary schools or deliver IAAF Kids' Athletics sessions at an athletics club or group. 

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