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Athletics is available to all students across the academic year. The Millfield Activity Programme (MAP) allows students to experience the sport and try all of the event areas on the programme. Older students, or those competing at a more advanced level, can select athletics as a full-time option. Younger students can participate in athletics alongside the game of the term in lunchtime sessions with the coaching team. Full-time athletes can compete in both indoor and outdoor competitions in spring and summer terms while all students can choose athletics in the summer term and represent the school in competitions both home and away.

Millfield’s state-of-the-art athletics track includes a world-class eight lane sprint straight, a six lane 400m track, long jump pit and pole vault area with double entry mat.

Millfield jumper competing in house athletics competition
Millfield student running in Athletics competition
Millfield Javelin thrower in House Athletics

Athletics Philosophy

Coaches and students work together to develop a philosophy and set of guiding principles which athletics operates by:

  • Provide a warm and friendly environment where friendships and teamwork can flourish
  • Provide a supportive and challenging environment
  • Support all athletes to be independent and take ownership of training and performance
  • Supported in developing a growth mind-set and an understanding that all athletes can improve
  • Tailoring training programmes with an outlook to develop long-term success
  • All athletes will be coached to create a diverse training background across multiple events
  • Provide appropriate training programmes, coaching and competition for all levels
  • Provide opportunities for athletes to utilise support services such as strength and conditioning, emotional intelligence and lifestyle support, where appropriate

Athletics Specialists

Our athletics specialists train year round between five and six days per week. They are coached in event technical requirements, running mechanics sessions, running conditioning relevant for the event area and strength and conditioning.

One to one coaching

One to one coaching is available to those athletes who reach English Schools’ entry or national standards. Depending on the students performance level, training support within the academic timetable will be offered, where appropriate for Year 9-11 students and for Sixth Form students, one to one sessions personal study sessions to work on technical skills and strength and conditioning sessions will be implemented.