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International Association of Athletics Federation's Kids Athletics Instructor Course

International Association of Athletics Federation's Kids Athletics Instructor Course 

16th & 17th June 2014, JN Stadium, Chennai

Report in a nutshell…

International Association of Athletic Federation (IAAF) has launched a new programme named as KIDS ATHLETICS for boys and girls of age between 7 to 12 years. It is a Team Event Competition with the aim to develop the overall motor ability and team spirit among the Kids.

The IAAF Kids Athletics was created worldwide in 2005 and it was launched in India in 2013 with AFI implementing the programme across India. This is one of the biggest grassroots development programmes in the world of sports.

The Athletic Federation of India (AFI), New Delhi is entrusted with carrying out this programme in 19 States of India including Tamilnadu.

The objectives of the programme are to make athletics the number one participation sport in schools, to educate kids into sport in general and athletics in particular, thus promoting a balanced and healthy lifestyle, to attract and sustain the potential sporting stars of tomorrow. IAAF Kids athletics is to offer attractive, accessible, instructive athletics among the children.

We introduced this program among the schools in Chennai initially and later on in various other districts. This programme is being introduced now in selected 10 Government schools and 20 Private schools.

International Association of Athletics Federation's Kid Athletics Instructor Course was inaugurated by Shri.P.W.C.Devidar IAS, Member Secretary Government of Tamilnadu on 16.06.14 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai. Shri.C K Valson, Secretary AFI  presided over the function. Olympians Smt.Shiny Wilson & Miss V.Jayalakshmi graced the function with their presence. 

International Association of Athletics Federation's Kids Athletics Instructor Course went on well with theory & practical sessions on 16th& 17th June 2014.

Forty five PETs & Ten Coaches actively participated in this programme. Totally 85 Students (Twenty Students from PSMV Matric School, Kolathur, Chennai, 50 trainees from Run Bird Club & Fifteen Athletes from Eldeons Club) took part as demonstrators and volunteers.

The valedictory function was held on 17.06.14 at 4PM at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai. Shri.C K Valson, Secretary AFI  presided over the function Shri.N.Sundaram, General Manager, Sports Development Authority of Tamilnadu & Shri.M.V.M.Velmurugan,Chief Executive Officer, Velammal Educational Trust, Chennai graced the function as Chief Guest & Guest of Honour respectively. Olympian Ramachandran added more meaning to the function with his esteemed presence as Special Invitee.

All the participants felt honoured for having received certificates from the Guests of the valedictory functions.

The programme came to an end with the vote of thanks extended by Dr. K.Vijaya, State Coordinator, IAAF Kids Athletics, Tamilnadu.

As a team work being the basic principle of IAAF Kids Athletics, we all have grouped as a team to launch this programme with the noble mission to spread it in an efficient manner.

We have chalked out programme to start the courses at the earliest in the following institutions:

1. Velammal group of Educational institutions

2. Vivekanandha Vidyalaya Institutions

3. Schools of Erode District

Thank you


Dr. K.Vijaya

State Coordinator, Tamilnadu


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