Sportshall Athletics 2019/20
Kent Sportshall Athletics
As part of an attempt to reduce costs, reduce conflict with other
athletic events, increase attendance and athlete enjoyment a number of
changes have been agreed to reinvigorate this winter’s season.
The number of meetings has been
reduced from 5 including the Championships to 4 including the Championships.
The meetings will only be held at 2 venues, St Johns Sports Centre,
Tonbridge and The Stour Centre, Ashford.
The number of field events for U11s
has been increased from 4 to 5 at each general meeting to include similar
events included in the U11’s Regional Finals and to aid selection. An
amended timetable has been prepared which will require greater club and
parental assistance. All children in a team will participate in all the
field events. Plus a run or relay. 2 children will be the nominated pair to
score, but the other 2 will get a recorded time/ distance. Team managers
must do this before the event.
The U13s and U15s will include Club
Team Championships similar to the Kent Cross Country League. The 3 leading
points scorers in each age group for each club will be totalled together
from each the 3 general meetings to determine the finish team positions.
Similarly individual points scored in all 3 general meetings will be
totalled together to determine the individual finish positions and the award
U17s competition will only be
included the County Championships but the experience and assistance of U17s
will be greatly appreciated at the 3 general meetings.
Entry Forms and information for U11 11-09-19
Entry Forms and
information for U13/U15 11-09-19
Declaration Form - for all
Entry Form for U11 11-09-19
Championships Entry Form for U13/U15/U17
Sportshall Rules & Guidance
Sportshall Venues and Dates
All results here...
Sunday 8th October St Johns Tunbridge
Sunday 17th November Stour Centre
Sunday 8th December Stour Centre
Ashford (County Champs)
Sunday 9th February St Johns Tunbridge
Note that entries must be received by
the Tuesday before the Sunday competition - entry fee £6 per athlete
or £24 a team.
Teams should arrive in time to collect their numbers
and be ready for
individually organised warm-up at 1:40 (10:40am for the championships
meeting in December). We should be on our way home by 6.00pm (5.00pm
Sportshall is changing…………
Due to the increasing costs of
hiring venues around Kent, along with the difficulty and burden (mainly
shouldered by one man) of getting the heavy awkward equipment to venues the
decision was made that Kent Sportshall needed a revamp. Having looked at the
way that the regional and national Sportshall finals are run, and how the
majority of counties in the UK now run their events we decided to bring
ourselves into line with the rest of the UK.
So in the 2018/9 season we will be
running the new Kent Sportshall League from two venues, Tunbridge Wells and
Ashford. In these two locations venue costs are very reasonable, we have
enough space to hold track and field events at the same time, and equipment
is either able to be stored onsite or is available locally.
Our main championship will still be
held in December at Ashford, but this will be the only venue where U17’s
will be able to compete in Sportshall, and we hope that some of these
athletes will come along and gain valuable experience as assistant officials
at the other events.
More and more primary and secondary
schools are now including Sportshall as part of the physical education, and
more children now experience inter-school sport with Sportshall than with
any other sport.
It is hoped that restructuring our
Sportshall competitions will enable us to have be even more competitive
events, along with maintaining and improving our success at Regional and
National level through from U11’s to U15’s. Sportshall has long been a very
successful area of athletics for Kent, and many of the British Athletics
team having competed in Sportshall in their younger years it is an important
part of the winter programme for many athletes, and a great skills building
block for future athletic success. These include
We are still finalising the finer
details of the how the league will run, but we will get them out to you as
soon as possible. 9-09-18