‘Every kids loves to run, jump and throw’ Athletics for young children launches in Newcastle

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Mini Athletics Newcastle are offering physical education to children between the ages of 1 and 8 years old.

A brand-new sports organisation has been launched in the North East aimed at increasing physical activity among young children. 

Mini Athletics Newcastle has been founded by Australian-born former professional athlete Taylor Mesiti, whose aim is to encourage children under the age of 8-years-old to participate in physical exercise.

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Taylor explained: “I moved over to the UK and started a family, and I started trying to get my son into sports. I looked into athletics for him and found there was no pathway at all for young children. 

“You can join an athletics club at the age of 8, but it’s quite rare they will accept you as you’re not able to compete.

“I found a franchise down South that offered athletics to young children, and I instantly fell in love with the idea, so I got involved and brought it up to the North East.”

Taylor decided to launch Mini Athletics Newcastle in order to give young children a first introduction into sport.

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“Every kid loves to run, jump and throw, which are natural human movements. We encourage that”, Taylor explained.

“We get children excited about moving their bodies by being active, making friends, growing in confidence and building athleticism within themselves.

“There are a whole range of benefits of doing athletics as a youngster, from the social side to the physical side, as well as building confidence and releasing energy.”

Mini Athletics Newcastle ensures that the children enjoy the sessions, by making them fun, energetic and imaginative.

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The organisation offers athletics-based games and activities, which includes; running, throwing, and jumping.

The age ranges that Mini Athletics Newcastle teach start from 1-years-old to 7-years-old, and as the child progresses, the activities do also.

Taylor said: “The activities and games become more challenging and we incorporate teamwork into it.

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“The older kids do athletic events such as the long jump, the shot put, javelin and a modified version of the high jump.”

Mini Athletics Newcastle offer physical activity for young children.Mini Athletics Newcastle offer physical activity for young children.
Mini Athletics Newcastle offer physical activity for young children. | Mini Athletics Newcastle

Speaking on the importance of youngsters engaging in physical activity, Taylor said: “The younger you can get involved in sports can help to shape your future. 

“If you have a great experience with sports when you’re young, you are more inclined to take that with you and be active later in life. 

“This is important for not only physical health but also emotional health.”

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Mini Athletics Newcastle hold classes across locations in the North East including; Whitley Bay, Newcastle, Shiremoor, and Cramlington.

For more information on Mini Athletics Newcastle and to find out more on booking classes, please visit their website. 

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