Athletics forms the fundamental basis and skills for participating in many other sports. If you look carefully, you will see similar motions and techniques that are adopted in many of the events that make up athletics being practised in sports like golf, tennis, hockey, football and rugby.
Over 350 athletes will compete at the Games as part of seven teams representing Northern Ireland and Scotland, with England represented by the Midlands, North East, North West, South East and South West. This inclusive format also features 20 disability events across the 58 event programme.
"Diskos" was a Greek word meaning 'thing for throwing'. Metal or stone discoi were used for what became a standard event at the ancient Olympics.
Dick Fosbury is credited with the invention of the popular modern day technique for the high jump. He used his "Fosbury flop" to win the 1968 Olympic gold medal and set an Olympic record of 2.24m, taking advantage of the then new landing mats to land on his back.
The Sainsbury's 2015 School Games will provide an opportunity to meet athletics mentors. The 2015 athletics mentors are Sam Ruddock and Daniel Caines.
Performances in school based athletics competitions remain the primary method of selection for athletes competing in the Sainsbury's 2015 School Games. However due to the nature of the sport, athlete selection will also be made based on performance in other major events and the Power of 10 rankings system. This approach allows the best athletes to enjoy the Sainsbury's School Games experience, whilst giving any young athlete at school the opportunity to qualify.
Please use the links below to see the 2015 selection policy and team boundaries.
To view or print the Athletics schedule please click here