Children’s Track & Field

Promoting Track & Field athletics in the Nelson Region

Being involved in athletics will not only make you a better athlete but will assist your ability in other sports by helping you run faster, jump higher and throw further.

Athletics Nelson Children’s Track & Field Club nights are for 7-15yr olds & are on Thursday evenings at the Saxton track during Term 4 and Term 1 from 5.30 pm till 6.45 pm/7 pm.

Our club nights are a friendly, fun night with a mixture of track & field. We are a parent run children’s club & it is expected that all parents of athletes are able to help out regularly.

Club night programme runs in a 5 weekly cycle of athletics disciplines. On Club nights a combination of three disciplines will be rotated for 7-15 year olds. These will be a combination of skills and competition.

7, 8 and 9 year old children 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 children add the High Jump, 400 m, 800 m and 1500 m to their programme. 12 – 15 year old athletes can compete in the hurdles and race-walk.

Inter-club competition is a fantastic way for children to develop new friendships, foster team spirit and represent the club while improving personal bests.
All Inter-club meets are held on a Sunday and generally begin at 10.00am and are finished by 4.00pm.
The Russell Cup, Winstone Cup and Hester Shield are Inter-club Meetings attended by Richmond, Motueka, Nelson, Takaka and Marlborough Clubs. See this year’s dates on the Summer Track page.

Registration Documents

**Registrations for the 2019/2020 season will open later in the year
Complete your registration online with credit card payment.
Note: Age group is based on age at 31 December 2018.
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.

2019/2020 Children’s summer athletics season:

The first club night for the summer season of Track &Field will be on the Thursday at the start of Term 4.

Our last club night for the season will consist of the Rod Dixon Mile race & then prizegiving inside the Saxton Oval function room.

The North Island Colgate Games are in Taranaki, 10-12 January 2020
The South Island Colgate Games are in Christchurch, 17-19 January 2020

For information on registering please contact

Athletics Nelson Club relies heavily on parent help at every Club Night and Meets. Without having parent help we are unable to successfully run a safe and enjoyable Club Night, which involves coaching and training for your children.

It is compulsory for a parent to be present at every Club Night for Health and Safety reasons. (1 parent per family). You will be required to sign in with your child. Please note this is not a roll call and we are not responsible for your child. It is purely used for attendance purposes only.

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 information on summer children’s track & field athletics contact


If we need to cancel Thursday Club Night for Summer Track & Field – an email will be sent to all those registered by 3.30pm on that day.

Winter Cross Country: