Youths wanted for sportshall athletics team

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ISLE of Man Athletics Association are looking for talented youngsters from school years five, six, seven and eight to represent the island at two sportshall athletics competitions in January and February.

The first event will see athletes from years five and six travel to Sport City, Manchester on January 20 to compete at the North-West Inter-County Fun in Athletics Festival.

This will be the third consecutive year a Manx team has competed in this competition, where athletes take part in events such as soft javelin, speed bounce and obstacle relays. It is a team event with the emphasis placed on team work, sportsmanship and most of all fun.

The second competition will be the first time the Isle of Man has sent a team of under-13s to the inter-county championships, which this year takes place at Robin Park, Wigan on February 16.

This older age group will see more individual races on the track, while field-wise there will be indoor high jump and the shot put - events not featured in the u11s version of this event.

Any children interested in trying out for these teams should get along to their local athletics club training sessions. For club details, contact athletics development officer trevor.christian@gov.im or call 688576.

This Saturday, December 8, Northern AC will host an indoor pentathlon at Ramsey Grammar School sports hall from 2pm. This event costs £2 and is a great introduction to sportshall athletics. Entries will be taken on the day, so please turn up in good time to register.

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