The importance of introducing children to healthy physical activity habits has never been clearer. As a society we also desire to provide a pathway to achievement. Long term potential starts with simple steps and simple rewards – Five Stars – Five Steps! For children these two objectives, healthy lifestyle and achievement, can and should be intertwined, through playful involvement and measurable personal improvement. Athletics, the major Olympic sport, is the ideal context for this and provides powerful role models of both sexes which both girls and boys can relate to. It also develops skills and fitness which are the fundamentals of many other sports.
5 Star 5 Steps provides a simple, computer based, tried and tested award scheme for schools, athletics clubs and training groups (5 Stars), supported by clear teaching and coaching points for each event (5 Steps) designed to be applied by non-specialists.