Part of a wide ranging community engagement programme with early rounds taking place in schools for children in Year 7 – 11/12 years old. The Great School Sprint currently takes place in Portsmouth, Newcastle/Gateshead, Birmingham and Manchester culminating in a final at the Great CityGames Manchester.
Richard Kilty, World and European 60m Champion, is the ambassador for the Great School Sprint “Finding the Future Stars” programme and will attend all Great School Sprint events. Check out our “Finding the Future Stars” video to see more about the campaign!
Round 1: In School Competitions
Schools stage their own sprints to find their fastest girls and boys. The fastest boys and girls will progress to their city heats, semi-finals and finals.
Round 2: City Final – Cities being Birmingham/Manchester/Portsmouth & Newcastle/Gateshead
The fastest girls & boys from each school come together to race other schools in the city – approximately 100 children in total. The children will take part in 3 rounds of races; heats, semi-finals and finals. England Athletics coaches and world-class elite athlete Richard Kilty are on hand to guide the participants through master classes and elite Q&A sessions. The fastest boy and girl progress to the National Final.
Round 3: Great School Sprint National Final: Great CityGames Manchester
The fastest boy and girl, from Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle/Gateshead and Portsmouth, compete in the Great School Sprint National Final as part of the Great CityGames in an all paid for VIP experience weekend in Manchester with the potential of being apart of the Great CityGames BBC Programme. National Finalists will get the opportunity to compete on the specially constructed track as part of the Great CityGames Manchester where Richard Kilty and other world-class athletes will be competing. Richard Kilty will crown the Great School Sprint National Champion and these boys and girls might go on to be the future stars in athletics!