I love Sports – Kids’ Athletics



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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (www.SNF.org) is one of the world’s leading international philanthropic organizations, making grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and medicine, and social welfare. While prominent in its support of Greece and Greek-related initiatives, the Foundation’s activities are worldwide in scope. The Foundation funds institutions and projects that exhibit strong leadership and sound management and that have the potential to achieve a broad and lasting impact. We encourage grantees to collaborate, and we work closely with them to monitor their progress. In addition, the Foundation actively seeks to support projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as effective means for serving public welfare.
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The Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation founded was by Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos in 1999.
The objectives of the Foundation are to showcase Greek art, to advance the knowledge and appreciation of Greek culture, to promote the cause of education and to undertake and support activities assisting charities and the less privileged members of society.
The Foundation is engaged in activities in three main areas: supporting and enriching the collections of the Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum; supporting a variety of social and cultural causes; and finally, helping to create employment in border regions of Thrace.
At the heart of the activities of the Foundation is the Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum, the result of the couple’s love of Greek culture and their concern to see the Greek cultural heritage remaining, where possible, within Greek borders. In 1972 they donated their invaluable collection to the Greek state, to be housed in the Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum.

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2107522984 - 6

Ms. Denise Panagopoulou
Ms. Panagiota Sabatakaki

Fax: 210 7526386

The ‘Kids' Athletics’ program is organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs and the Hellenic Athletics Federation, under the auspices of the IOC and is free of charge.


This programme serves to highlight the role of the Hellenic Olympic Committee in the promotion of sport, the spirit of supporting and extracurricular physical activity according to the principles of the Olympic Ideal and the educational value of sport in shaping the personalities of young people in the conditions of modern life that we all experience.

The program has been designed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and aims to bring children of primary school age into contact with classic athleticism, to foster their involvement in it, to emphasize the multiple benefits obtainable through sport and simultaneously offer knowledge about history, culture and the principles of sport through the games organised by Kids' Athletics.
The automatic audio guide is at the disposal of students visiting the stadium and gives them the oportunity to learn all about the Stadium and its thousands of years of history. After the tour, the young students come onto the track and learn about athletics.

The program is designed to popularize the sports of classical athletics among children through a combination of various team sport activities in the form of a game: the "Team event for children".
It consists of a set of motor and functional skills tailored to the needs of children according to their age. It includes three groups of sports:
a) track events
b) throwing events
c) jumping events
and is aimed at three age groups :7-8 years, 9-10 years and 11-12 years.
At the end of the programme both the effort and participation of all children is rewarded and they are awarded a certificate.

Programme timetable

The programme is conducted daily at the Panathenaic Stadium from 9:00 am to 13:00 pm, by experienced teachers of Physical Education and lasts approximately 2 hours (session times are 9:00 to 11:00 or 11:00-13:00).

For the 2010-11 school year the starting date of the program is February 28th 2011 and the last day May 20th 2011. The program is aimed at Primary Schools of the whole country.


Scheduling visits

To schedule visits and to receive additional information please contact Mrs Denise Panagopoulou and Panagiota Sabatakaki at the Panathenaic Stadium from Monday to Friday 10:00-13: 00, on 210 7522984 / 6.



• Children should arrive in suitable sports clothing and sports shoes. It is essential that students have provided their school with the "student health card" required by law for the participation of students in physical education and sports of all kinds, and a signed declaration from their parents.

After schools have planned their visit and confirmed a date with the Stadium, they should fax a list of the names of the students who will participate in the programme to 210 7526386 ten (10) days before the scheduled visit.

Children should bring:
• a bottle of water
• a hat for sun and ...
• know that no drink, food or gum is to be consumed in the Stadium

• A doctor is present in the Stadium in case of emergency.

Cancellation of visit

If you wish to cancel or postpone your visit, please contact the secretariat of the Stadium as soon as possible so that your time slot can go to another school.
In case of inclement weather, please first contact the secretariat of the Stadium. In case you need to postpone your visit, you can contact us to re-schedule.


Pilot Programme 2010

The pilot project took place from 26th April to 21st May 2010, in cooperation with the HOC, the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs and the Athletics Federation, under the auspices of the IOC It involved 2,300 children from 40 elementary schools that had the opportunity to tour the Panathenaic Stadium and learn its history.


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