This programme serves to highlight the role of the Hellenic Olympic Committee in the promotion of sport, the spirit of supporting and extracurricular physical activity according to the principles of the Olympic Ideal and the educational value of sport in shaping the personalities of young people in the conditions of modern life that we all experience.
The ‘Kids’ Athletics’ program is organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs and the Hellenic Athletics Federation, under the auspices of the IOC and is free of charge.
The program has been designed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and aims to bring children of primary school age into contact with classic athleticism, to foster their involvement in it, to emphasize the multiple benefits obtainable through sport and simultaneously offer knowledge about history, culture and the principles of sport through the games organised by Kids’ Athletics.
The automatic audio guide is at the disposal of students visiting the stadium and gives them the oportunity to learn all about the Stadium and its thousands of years of history. After the tour, the young students come onto the track and learn about athletics.
The program is designed to popularize the sports of classical athletics among children through a combination of various team sport activities in the form of a game: the “Team event for children“.
It consists of a set of motor and functional skills tailored to the needs of children according to their age. It includes three groups of sports:
a) track events
b) throwing events
c) jumping events
and is aimed at three age groups :7-8 years, 9-10 years and 11-12 years.
At the end of the programme both the effort and participation of all children is rewarded and they are awarded a certificate.
The programme is conducted daily at the Panathenaic Stadium from 9:00 am to 13:00 pm, by experienced teachers of Physical Education and lasts approximately 2 hours (session times are 9:00 to 11:00 or 11:00-13:00).