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Athletics Activity Badge

Here’s what you need to do to earn this badge.

  1. Run through an appropriate warm-up and warm-down routine using all
    the main muscle groups. Explain why both routines are important.
  2. Talk about the safety rules in athletics, particularly throwing and jumping events. Explain the most appropriate clothing to wear.
  3. Take part in six athletics events. Choose at least one from each of the three sections below, improving your distance or time over a number of attempts.

Field events

Track events

Team events



4 x100m relay

Shot put


Team assault course

Throwing a cricket


Assisted blindfold race







High jump

100m hurdles


Long Jump


Standing Jump


Sargent Jump



4. Find out and explain to your leader how to take part in athletics in your local area.


 Top tips

! Young people must be especially careful when doing the high jump. Young people will need to think about the way they jump, how they are going to land and what they are going to land on!

Proper equipment must be used at all times and unless expert tuition and supervision is available, no young person should attempt the Fosbury Flop. The scissor jump is an easier way to do it. 




Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities.  For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility


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