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 North-East England and Manchester, culminating in a final as part of the Great CityGames.
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 – North-East and Manchester
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 athletes will be on hand to guide the participants through masterclasses and elite Q&A sessions. The four fastest boys and girls will get the chance to compete as part of the Great CityGames with the potential of being a part of the BBC programme. Finalists will get the opportunity to compete on a specially-constructed track as part of the Great CityGames where world-class athletes will be competing.