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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bulgaria, Peru and now Panama lead the way in 2013 - IAAF / Nestlé Kids’ Athletics

Monaco – Over 120 nations of the 212 which make up the membership of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have now implemented IAAF / Nestlé Kids’ Athletics, the flagship project of the IAAF School / Youth programme. Created in 2005, and now one of the biggest grassroots development programmes in the world of sports, Kids’ Athletics, with the support of its partner Nestlé Healthy Kids, is spreading ever more quickly around the world. During 2013 a further 20 IAAF national Member Federations will activate the project within their territories, these include Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Colombia, Ghana, Hungary, India, Malaysia, Mozambique, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Singapore, Sri Lanka…. Bulgaria has already led the way this year staging an IAAF / Nestlé Kids’ Athletics course in its capital Sofia at the end of April, and last weekend (18 / 19 May) was the turn of Peru which organised a lecturers’ course in the city of Huaraz, the capital of the Ancash Region. Panama becomes the third nation to activate in 2013. Currently (21 / 22 May) 24 lecturers from the Provincia de Colon (6), Panamá Oeste (5), Panamá Centro (13) are attending a two day course in the Pedro J. Sosa School in the City of Panama. These lecturers are the seeds via which each national activation germinates, returning to their home towns to locally spread the knowledge they have acquired at these national courses. “I am delighted that the worldwide reach of IAAF / Nestlé Kids’ Athletics continues to grow with another 20 countries adopting our programme,” commented IAAF President Lamine Diack. “With the support of our partner Nestlé we continue to pursue our goal to make Athletics the number one participation sport in schools. We aim not only to encourage interest in the Olympics’ number one sport but to generally promote a healthy lifestyle which will benefit the individual and society as a whole.”