The Sport Ireland National Sports Campus Athletic Academy is a 10 Week Athletic Programme that will roll throughout the calendar year. Held in the world class National Indoor Athletics Training Centre the specifically designed training programmes will focus on the athletic fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing.



The Athletics Academy will be following the NIA Athletics Pathway Programme. The NIA Athletics Pathway Programme incorporates 4 different levels allowing both more appropriate coaching and challenges to the developing athlete without compromising the enjoyment element.


Athletes will progress through the different levels upon completion of each level’s Competency Challenges. These Competency Challenges involve the key elements of track and field which are Running, Jumping and Throwing.

The programme will be delivered by qualified Assistant Coaches under the Guidance of AAI Tutor and Development Officer David Matthews.

The programme is aimed at children aged 2-14 years and broken down into 5 levels.


NIA Athletics Pathway Programme

  • Little Athletics: For 2 - 6 year olds working on their ABC fundamentals agility, balance and co-ordination as well as the athletic fundamentals running, jumping and throwing. Upon graduation from Little Athletics the child enters the NIA Athletics Pathway Programme.


  • Level 1: For 6-7 year-olds who have graduated from “Little Athletics”.


  • Level 2: For 8 - 9 year-olds who have progressed from level 1 after completing the necessary Competency Challenges.


  • Level 3: For 9-11 year-olds who have progressed from level 2 after completing the necessary Competency Challenges.

  • Level 4: For 9-14 year-olds who have progressed from level 3 after completing the necessary Competency Challenge


Class: 55 minute class includes hurdles, long jump, high jump, sprints, relays, distance/stamina work, race walking, shot put, javelin


Term: 10 weeks for €100


Head of Athletics

Our Head of Athletics David Matthews has represented Ireland at the very highest level. A Double Olympian, World Championship and European finalist over 800mtrs, David is also the holder of the current Irish national records over 800m and 1000m. David made a seamless transition from a world class sports competitor to a world class coach, working with Athletics Ireland for the last 5 years as a development Officer. A Level 2 Coach and a qualified Tutor from coaching Ireland David has used the experience garnered from competing and coaching at world class level to develop new and innovative Athletic Programmes in the NIA arena.


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Kids Athletics Academy

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Snugborough Road, Blanchardstown,

Dublin 15

Tel: +353 1 6464300



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