About Little Athletics and our Centre

What is Little Athletics?
Little Athletics is a uniquely Australian sport for children 5-16 years (and Tiny Tots for 3 and 4 year olds); it is based upon the sport of track and field athletics with events specially modified to suit the ages and abilities of children.  Little Athletics aims to develop children of all abilities by promoting positive attitudes and a healthy lifestyle through family and community involvement in athletic activities.  Little Athletics is the Foundation for all Sports; it offers young people activities and skills that will stand them in good stead for their sporting future. 
A wide range of running, jumping, throwing and walking events is conducted at Centre, Regional and State levels.  The Little Athletics philosophy is about family, fun and fitness. 

What we offer at The Gap LA
  • We encourage athletes to achieve their own personal best each week.
  • Friday night meets from 5:45 in the cool summer nights; under lights on The Gap SHS oval.
  • Wednesday and Saturday (limited) training with qualified coaches
  • Tiny Tot Program (for 3-4 year olds)
  • Graded activities for 5 – 16 year olds
  • Special events:  Pentathlon in 30 minutes, Relays, handicap races
  • Opportunities for parents and guardians to train as coaches and officials.
  • Compete in the Metro North Region at Regional Championships
  • Qualify for State Championships
  • Enthusiastic management committee
  • Trophies, Certificates and medals at the end of season presentation.
Who is it for?  
Girls and boys who turn 5 to 16 years in the year the season starts, plus a Tiny Tot program for 3 and 4 year olds.

Tiny Tots
This program is for three and four year old siblings of registered Little Athletes; but you can register even without an older sibling. There are no times, places or measurements recorded for Tiny Tots. Tiny Tots will receive a registration number and a Tiny Tots arm patch. Uniforms are optional.

Competition. 
We conduct a 5 event competition most Friday nights during the season- between late August and March.  All our u7 and older athletes are encouraged to attend the Regional Relays and Regional Championships - check the noticeboard for details during the season.  These championships are the pathway to State Relays and Championships for the under 9 and older.  And there are many meets offered by other Centres - check the noticeboard for the full list.

Where are we?
The Gap State High School oval.  Waterworks Road, The Gap (next door to Maccas)

What does it Cost?

  • Tint Tots: $75
  • Under 6-17  $130
  • Family levy (refundable) $50
The cost of registration includes all Friday event nights, Wednesday night (except Tiny Tots) and Saturday (generally under 9 and older) coaching sessions.  It also includes fees for State events should the athlete qualify.  Refer to the Registration page for all the details and registration portal. 

Trial before you Join.
You can compete at two centre meets as a trialist before you need to take a full membership.  Fee for each trial is $5.

Coaching?
Membership includes coaching on Wednesday evenings for under 6 and older.  There is also coaching available on Saturdays both scheduled and in smaller groups, or one on one by request.   Our athletes are also welcome to attend the Ashgrove Rangers training nights on Monday and Thursday ($5 fee per session).  A weekly calendar will be issued by email and facebook.

Uniforms.
Find all the information on uniforms here.

Handbook. 
The handbook has general information on the club history, meets, awards scheme, uniforms, field layout, registration et al.