Children’s Track & Field




Thursday 12th October 2023 – 5:15pm Notices, 5:30pm Start


Based at the athletics track at Saxton Field, Athletics Nelson provides an exciting summer athletics program for 7 to 14 year old’s in an encouraging environment.

During our Thursday Night Club meetings, parents and youth coaches will teach children of all abilities the skills and techniques required for running, jumping and throwing – the three basics for all sports.

Our goal is to see every child enjoy the experience and gain the confidence to compete at whatever level they like. For some, it will be the unique chance to compete in the North Island Colgate Games in Auckland and in the South Island Colgate Games in Dunedin in January of 2024. For others, they will be happy just to enjoy club and inter-club competition.
For every child, it will increase their skill and fitness laying a solid foundation for success in the sport they choose.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL – Vanessa on 021 171 5662



Club Nights are for 7 – 14 year olds and are held on Thursday evenings at the Saxton Field Athletic Track during Term 4 and Term 1 from 5.15 pm till 7 pm.

7, 8 and 9 year old Athletes compete in the field events of Long Jump, Shot Put and Discus and in the track events of 60 m, 100 m and 200 m.

10 to 15 year old Athletes add High Jump, 400 m, 800 m and 1500 m to their program.

12 – 15 year olds Athletes can compete in Hurdles and Race-walk.

Nelson Children’s Athletics relies heavily on Parent Help at every Club Night and Inter-Clubs.  Without having parent help we are unable to successfully run safe and enjoyable Club Nights, which involves coaching and training for your children, and Inter-Clubs.

It is compulsory for a parent/caregiver to be present at every Club Night for Health and Safety reasons. (One parent or caregiver per family).  Please note this is not a roll call and we are not responsible for your child.

Please don’t be shy, come forward, a lot of the jobs available are very basic, like raking the long jump pit, holding a measuring tape, rolling back the shot put or discus, walking around with an age group to there different stations and recording measurements and/or times, track timing on a stop watch and replacing the high jump bar. By helping out and being involved it will give you great satisfaction in watching your child improve, set new “Personal Bests” and achieve their goals. There is an added benefit for yourself that you will understand and learn a lot more the techniques being taught. Therefore you will feel more confident in putting your hand forward for Parent Help at the local club meets.

For more information on summer children’s track & field athletics with Nelson Children’s Athletics please contact us by emailing –

Registration Details:

Complete your registration online with credit card payment.

Please Note: Your child’s age group is based on his or her age at the 31st of December 2023.

Fees go towards replacement equipment, track user charges from the council and Athletics New Zealand affiliation fees.

If you have any questions about online registration please email and we will do our very best to help.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL – Vanessa on 021 171 5662


All Inter-club meets are held on a Sunday and generally begin at 10.00 am and are finished by 4.30 pm.
The Hester Shield, Russel Cup, Cockram Cup and Winstone Cup are Inter-club Meetings attended by Nelson, Richmond, Motueka, and Marlborough Clubs.
These competitions are a fantastic way for Children to develop new friendships, foster team spirit and represent the club while improving their personal bests.

Competition Dates for the 2023/24 Children’s Athletics Season:

  • 5th November 2023 – Hester Shield Athletics Park Blenheim (Sunday)
  • 19th November 2023 – Russell Cup at Saxton’s Athletics Park (Sunday)
  • 3rd December 2023 – Cockeram Cup at Saxton’s Athletics Park (Sunday)
  • 11th February 2024 – Winstone Cup at Saxton’s Athletics Park (Sunday)
  • 24th & 25th February – 2024 Tasman Champs at Saxton’s Athletics Park (Saturday and Sunday)
NORTH ISLAND COLGATE GAMES – Auckland 5th, 6th, 7th of January 2024
SOUTH ISLAND COLGATE GAMES – Dunedin 12th, 13th, 14th January 2024