Background

The Hills Little Athletic Centre commenced its first track and field season in 1972 and is the fourth largest club out of 200 Centres in NSW. There are approximately 40,000 “Little Athletes” throughout NSW, and around 85,000 nationally. Hills Little Athletics Centre Inc. is incorporated under NSW law and is affiliated with the Little Athletics Association of NSW Inc.

Our Centre is operated on a non-profit basis, and has no paid employees. The Centre is operated entirely by parents and family members as well as former Little Athletics parents on a voluntary basis.

Our Centre draws on families throughout the Hills District, however, some of our athletes come from as far away as Auburn, Epping and Seven Hills. Baulkham Hills Council along with several committee members maintain our track and field facilities in the best possible condition.

Our Philosophy and Goals

Little Athletics was originally formed to provide athletic track and field competition for younger children because the senior clubs did not cater for children younger than 17 in their regular events. Little Athletics is not essentially here to produce highly skilled specialist athletes, but to provide the basic athletic learning and competitions for that large number of children not adequately catered for by any other body.

Generally, it must be accepted that specialisation is unwise until at least the mid-teens. Specialists also can be better serviced if they are trained and perfected by specialist coaches. Our Centre, and Little A’s in general, cannot claim large numbers of these coaches and probably never will. Nor should we invest our few coaches on a few specialist athletes at the expense of the majority.

We will be attempting to provide many events for many children and will attempt to teach as many of those children as many of those things as we are able. We will do a better job if we get more parental support to help supervise/coach the very basics with us on training days. Small groups behave better, learn more, and get more turns at practising a set task. As a result, when these children reach an age where their physique starts to stabilise, they may then start to specialise in the events in which they are good and to which they are physically suited. The Hills District Athletics Club has a good record of helping these older athletes. The Hills District Athletics Club has a web site at: http://hillsdistrict.org

Competition is the driving force behind sports people trying to improve and improving is the glue that keeps together the effort that any one person may require to stick with the sport in which they are currently involved. Therefore, any sport requires a mixture of Family, Fun and Fitness and Competition the level outgrows the basic family, fun and fitness concept. We should as parents or as committee members, guide all the children to their own level of needs and as long as they are enjoying themselves we have been successful.

We must also provide competitions sufficient to cater for the better athlete who constantly strive to improve his/her performance and thus feed the natural wish to succeed. By providing this level of competition, we are in fact character building and this is important and provides the springboard from which the senior athletes of tomorrow may be drawn. However, we are aware that the greater the degree of competition, the greater the discrimination in favour of a specialist minority. As parents, you are free to choose all, some or none of the competitions provided.

Saturday competitions are designed to encourage self-improvement as the important yardstick and we would urge parents to explain to their youngsters the meaning of such a system. Encourage them to collect their tickets, enter them into their books and watch the steady improvement in each event. We may also need to help them to cope with not winning some of the time or even never winning. We believe it is important also to help some children to cope with always winning if they are to develop a personality acceptable to their friends.

All children benefit by parental involvement. Our Centre cannot succeed at training or in conducting the Saturday competitions without parental involvement. WE ARE NOT A CHILD MINDING ORGANISATION but a co-operative community project to provide an organised fun sport for a large group of children. Let’s adhere to our motto of “FAMILY, FUN & FITNESS”

Range of Activities

Little Athletics extends beyond our regular weekly Saturday morning competition our athletes have the opportunity to participate at;

  • Coaching during the week
  • Gala Days and special events throughout NSW
  • An annual Trans Tasman Challenge with a New Zealand tour for Under 11 and 12 athletes
  • NSW senior athletics competitions for Under 13, 14 , 15 and 17’s athletes who are automatically dual-registered with the senior body, Athletics NSW
  • A range of Championships for individuals (Zone, Region, State and National), teams (State Relays), and all-round athletes (State Multi Event and National)
  • Development camps