Maroochy Little Athletics Centre celebrated 40 years in 2021! It is run by a team of volunteer committee members (mostly parents of athletes) who are assisted during weekly meets and competitions by a wonderful group of parents. Our aim is to ensure that each child has fun, improves on their own personal goals and is given a fair go, no matter what their ability. We work hard to facilitate a supportive, encouraging environment for athletes of all abilities. Throughout the season athletes are also given opportunities to compete in other competitions.
WHAT IS LITTLE ATHLETICS?
Little Athletics is the foundation for all sports. In addition to learning to run, throw,
jump and walk, athletes enjoy a fun, supportive community. Although most events
are individual in nature, you do not have to watch the young athletes for long to see
that they are embracing the sense of team spirit, and learning to encourage and
help each other along the way. As a result, it offers young people activities and skills
that will stand them in good stead for their future - whether they pursue competitive
athletics or not.
Little Athletics aims to develop children of all abilities by promoting positive
attitudes and a healthy lifestyle through family and community involvement in
The philosophy of the Little Athletics movement is summed up in the slogan: “LITTLE ATHLETICS…FOR…FAMILY…FUN…and…FITNESS”
One of the basic reasons for the continued development and enthusiasm generated by Little Athletics, has been the attempt to meet the needs of children as part of the family unit. Little Athletics is more than a sport. It is a community-oriented organisation which enables the entire family to do something together. Parents are involved in the program as voluntary helpers or officials. They share in many experiences with the children.
Little Athletics provides a vital communication bridge between parent and child. This link can have benefits far beyond the years spent in the centre. Society has increasingly produced subtle and damaging pressures on family and community relationships. The FAMILY CONCEPT approach to programming counteracts those pressures.
All children like fun…all children need fun. The weekly competition provides fun through participation in an enjoyable sport, with friends in the same age group.
The community has become increasingly aware of the value of physical fitness, particularly in the fight against obesity. A fit body can mean an alert mind and a decrease in the incidence of many physical ailments. Combined with FAMILY involvement…FITNESS can be…FUN in the happy environment of a Little Athletics Centre.
MLAC has a number of policies in place to help ensure safety of athletes and smooth running.