The best time to work on basic skills is said to be between the ages of eight and 11 for girls and 8-13 for boys. Primary children should be introduced to athletics through "play and learn" games.
Out-of-school athletic activity sessions of 30 minutes should be limited to once a week for children aged five to eight. Between the ages of eight and 12, out-of-school activities of 45 minutes should be kept to once or twice a week.
Training should not be introduced until the ages of 13 to 15 and with an emphasis on enjoyment and skills. Specialised training should take place at 15-17 years and beyond.