Part of a wide ranging community engagement programme with early rounds taking place in schools, the programme aims to encourage children of all abilities to have a go at a fundamental exercise activity. Subsequent rounds bring schools together for coaching with qualified national athletics coaches, and in the presence of global athletics superstars before inter school races decide the line ups for the Finals with the fastest four boys and four girls racing on the specially constructed Great CityGames track in front of thousands of spectators and with a chance to be featured in the live television broadcast.
In the UK the Great School Sprint programme culminates with the winners from each of the six city/region competing against each other at the National Final at the Great CityGames Manchester.
Round 1: In School Competitions
Schools stage their own sprints to find their fastest five girls and boys. Each school receives an England Athletics teachers guide with helpful steps to prepare the children for their sprint challenge. The fastest boys and girls will progress to their city semi-finals and finals.
The fastest children will take part in 3 rounds of races, with each athlete having a master class in sprinting. England Athletics coaches and world class elite athletes are on hand to guide the participants through master classes. Participants also have the opportunity to meet the elite athletes.
Great School Sprint National Final: BT Great CityGames Manchester
The fastest boy and girl, from Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle/Gateshead and Portsmouth, compete in the national final on the BT Great CityGames Manchester track, on Deansgate, as part of the Great CityGames BBC Programme. The two winners will receive a trophy and are crowned Great School Sprint National Champion.