Sportshall Athletics Development Festival Yr 5/6


St Mark's Academy

Acacia Rd, Mitcham, CR4 1SF

Competition date

19th Jan 2024 @ 12:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Team requirements

  • Age: Year 5/6.
  • Mixed teams – 9 boys and 9 girls must make up the team.
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Borough Development Competition

Competition type

Competitions and Festivals

Session: 12.15 – 14:45

Please note the extended timings for this event. 


  • This is a Development Festival event.
  • Schools may choose EITHER a Borough Championships OR a Development Competition per each sport, on the initial booking date of:
  • Monday 11th September 2023 at 5pm
  • They can then book onto the other event, should they wish to for another set of children, on the open booking date, a week later on:
  • Monday 18th September 2023
  • If an event is full, schools will be placed on a waiting list and be notified of this.
  • MSSP will contact schools should places become available in the build-up to events.

Event Eligibility

  • This is a Development Festival event. The intent is to encourage participation and no scores or results will be recorded at this event
  • School squads should be well prepared and have time to practise with the competition rules before attending this event.
  • There is also a Sportshall Athletics Borough Championships event being delivered this year.
  • Please consider the most appropriate event for your pupils to attend before registering as you may only be able to take part in one event if entrees exceed capacity.
  • Schools cannot select the same pupils for the Development Festiva and the Borough Championships. In the instance that a Championship team player is also played in a Development Festival team, the team will not be able to progress to a medal winning position.
  • If our Development Festival event exceeds capacity for school entrees, priority will be given to schools who are not registered for the Borough Championship event.
  • It is our aim to ensure all schools can access at least one of the events.

Team Requirements & Eligibility

  • Age: Year 5/6
  • Schools must bring exactly 9 boys & 9 girls.
  • Open to all primary schools in the Borough, however there are a limited number of spaces available.
  • You will be notified closer to the event which session you will be competing in.
  • Spectators will not be permitted entry and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents.

Kit & Equipment

  • Runners of the same school should wear the same colour tops/bibs.
  • No jewellery permitted.
  • All children must wear appropriate footwear.

Staffing and Spectators

  • Spectators will not be permitted entry. Primary schools must inform parents in advance when inviting students to take part.
  • On any school sites: Spectators will not be permitted entry to any school/private sports facilities. Primary schools must inform parents in advance when inviting students to take part.  All staff attending the event must have enhanced DBS clearance and have been fully vetted by their primary school. DBS numbers, full name and school will be required in advance by the host school.


  • Each child must compete in 2 track & 2 field events.
  • There will be separate boys and girls track races.
  • Team sheets must be completed prior to the event.
  • Descriptions of all events are below.
  • IMPORTANT TO NOTE – Athletes are not allowed to Forward Roll in Over/Under or Obstacle Relay races. Batons/bean bags should be exchanged.

Track Events

Field Events

Obstacle Relay –

Obstacles are placed along a linear track in one direction, with a straight run home in the opposite direction. Six athletes compete.

Chest Pass –

Throw the ball as far as possible from standing (2 attempts).

Over/Under Relay –

As above only with tunnels and hurdles. Six athletes compete.

Hi Stepper –

Start from behind the start line. On the whistle run up the high stepper and reach the return line. Come back down the high stepper and over the start line. Repeat and cross the start line to finish.

(2 attempts).

6 x 1 Lap Relay –

Six athletes complete 1 lap each.

Speed Bounce –

Jump two footed from side to side over the barrier.

As many jumps as possible in 20 seconds (2 attempt).

Standing Long Jump –

Two footed jump as far as possible from standing (2 attempts).

Standing Triple Jump –

One long hop, long step onto opposite foot, then long jump to stand on two feet.

From standing (2 attempts).

Soft Javelin –

The javelin is thrown from a standing position with both feet behind the throwing line and in contact with the floor. (2 attempts)

Competition Format

  • Schools will compete in the same group for all field events. They will move round the field events as per timetabled in the event brochure.
  • All schools will then take part in the track races against the other schools.
  • No scores will be recorded although a score sheet will be provided to each staff member to record their own pupils results.

Draw Format

  • The draw will be randomly selected. There is no seeding for this event.


  • REFSPECT winners – Certificate
  • Participation certificates will be presented to all participants.


  • The intent is to encourage participation and no scores or results will be recorded at this event

Winner’s Pathway

  • There is no pathway from this event.

NGB Info

MSSP Duty of Care 

MSSP have a duty to take all measures that are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure the health, safety, wellbeing and welfare of all participants and any other attendees involved in the relevant event. MSSP have tried to ensure that all reasonable steps have been taken in its duty of care being discharged, and to the requisite standard of care, MSSP have ensured the following guidance and actions have been adhered to and carried out: 

  • That the advice of the UK Government and public health authorities has been followed 
  • That the bespoke guidance and protocols issued by the relevant NGB, federation and/or umbrella organisation (if applicable) have been followed. 

Safeguarding and DBS 

MSSP acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and the requirements of the Partnership’s host organisation, the Harris Federation. 

We recognise that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and young leaders: 

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport or physical activity at MSSP events in a safe and child centred environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating or officiating at MSSP events 

All MSSP staff at the event are fully vetted and enhanced DBS checked. It is the schools’ responsibility to ensure any staff and volunteers who attend the event comply with the host venue safeguarding and welfare policy and can provide documentation to support this on request.  

Spectators will not be permitted entry to school/private sports facilities and should be informed of this when letters are sent to parents. In order to safeguard children at our events, we will only allow entry to parents if they have been DBS checked and vetted through safer recruitment procedures and authorised to attend by your school. The school will maintain responsible for them at all times. At public sites such as parks we will section off an area for the public where parents that are not with the school party may spectate from. 

For more information regarding MSSP’s safeguarding, please click here 

If you have any concerns about a child at our event please make sure you say something. The MSSP safeguarding team contact details will be on display at all events or for more information on who to speak to please click here 

Please see attached Risk Assessment in the ‘Resources’ sections for event specific planning and considerations.


MSSP values the contributions by all those involved in making our events a FUN, safe and enjoyable environment for children to take part in sport. To ensure our events continue to be successful we promote our REFSPECT campaign. We expect everyone attending our events to maintain respect for the rules, officials, opponents, teammates and themselves. Only designated staff and volunteers will be allowed on the side-lines. All spectators are to remain behind the barriers, providing positive support and encouraging a fun and fair event.  

For more information about REFSPECT and codes of conduct for attendance at our events, please click here

If any staff, adults or children are deemed to be in breach of our REFSPECT codes of conduct they will be asked to leave the event and the Head Teacher of the relevant school will be informed immediately.

Photo Consent 

Photographs will be taken at this event by staff members from MSSP and may be used for promotional material. If you have any children that do not have permission to be photographed, please inform a member of staff before the start of the event. 

Please ensure your school only take photographs of their own students and do not share any photos of other children on social media without consent from that school.  

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First Aid 

MSSP will have a basic first aid kit and qualified person at all events but will not be available to tend to less urgent first aid, as they will be delivering the event. As part of the school’s risk assessment a qualified first aider should be with the school team at all times (including travel) to tend to their children during the event.  

Comments, Compliments and Complaints 

MSSP aims to deliver a first-class service to all of its stakeholders. We see all feedback, whether good or bad, as a valuable way for us to learn and improve. Therefore, we welcome all comments, compliments and complaints. For further details, please click here

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