Children’s Track & Field


Based at the athletics track at Saxton Field, Athletics Nelson provides an exciting summer athletics programme for 7 to 14-year-olds in an encouraging environment.
During our Thursday Night Club meetings, specialist 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 South Island Colgate Games in Nelson in mid-January. For others, they will be happy just to enjoy club and interclub competition.
For every child, it will increase their skill and fitness laying a solid foundation for success in the sport they choose.




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 programme.

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

Nelson Children’s Athletic’s 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 Night, which involves coaching and training for your children, and Inter-Clubs.

It is compulsory for a parent to be present at every Club Night for Health and Safety reasons. (1 parent 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

– Registrations Are Closed –

Complete your registration online with credit card payment.

Note: Age group is based on age at 31 December 2020.

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.


Inter – Clubs

All Inter-club meets are held on a Sunday and generally begin at 10.00 am and are finished by 4.30 pm.
The Russell Cup, Winstone Cup and Hester Shield 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 2020/2021 Children’s Summer Athletics Season:

8th November 2020 – Hester Shield at Saxton’s Field Athletics Track

22nd November 2020 – Russel Cup at Saxton’s Field Athletics Track

6th December 2020 – Cockeram Cup at Saxton’s Field Athletics Track

8th -10th January 2021 – The North Island Colgate Games are in Inglewood, Taranaki

15th – 17th January 2021 – The South Island Colgate Games are in Nelson

14th February 2021 – Winstone Cup in Blenheim

27th and 28th of February 2021 – Tasman Champs at Saxton’s Field Athletics Track

2nd April – 5th April 2021 – Easter Weekend – Interprovincials in Whanganui