ACTIVE AND HAPPY: Granite Belt children like Claire Danzey, Chloe Britton, Hayley Danzey and Annie McCosker might soon be able to improve their athletics skills in the new Fundamental Athletics Skills program.
ACTIVE AND HAPPY: Granite Belt children like Claire Danzey, Chloe Britton, Hayley Danzey and Annie McCosker might soon be able to improve their athletics skills in the new Fundamental Athletics Skills program. Kim Micke

Athletics program calling for volunteers

LOCAL children might soon have the chance to engage in a new athletics program.

But for the Fundamental Athletics Skills Training to go forward, members of the community are asked to put up their hands to volunteer.

FAST, which aims at teaching children the basic athletic skills, has been developed by Little Athletics Queensland.

Toni Jackson, who is pushing for FAST to come to Stanthorpe, said the program would start in the second week of term four, on Wednesday, October 11, and run for eight weeks.

It is set to run every Wednesday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm at the state high school sports facilities.

Next month, Little Athletics senior development officer Shaun Lethem is set to come to Stanthorpe to do a two-hour training session for the volunteers.

FAST uses games and skill development activities to teach the basic, fundamental movement patterns of the events experienced in a Little Athletics competition.

A modified competition will take place at the end of the eight-week period.

Each one-hour session will include a warm-up activity, a running activity, a jumping activity and a throwing activity, which will all be 10 to 15 minutes in duration.

"(FAST) caters for all age groups five years plus,” Mrs Jackson said.

"Athletics is like a bridging sport because it's teaching you the fundamentals.”

Mrs Jackson said the estimated cost would be $50 per child for each eight-week block.

She said they hoped to run the program again next year in term one.

If both programs are a success, a Little Athletics Club will start in spring next year focussing on skills rather than competition.

Mrs Jackson said they were now calling for helpers from the community.

"We are really keen if we can get the volunteers,” she said.

Ideally there would be lots of volunteers so they could share the load in a roster, Mrs Jackson said.

If interested, send an email to stanthorpelittle athletics@gmail.com with your details and whether you have a blue card.

"If we don't get enough volunteers by Friday, August 25, we won't be going ahead,” Mrs Jackson said.

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