Essendon LAC prides itself on being a community focused, friendly, caring and inclusive Little Athletics centre. We cater for athletes of all abilities, whether they are new to the sport, keen club athletes, or state and national champions. We have a growing number of multi-class athletes and we are delighted to be able to provide an environment that caters for them and recognizes that multi-class athletes are an important part of the Little Athletics community.

We have a fantastic facility at the Moonee Valley Athletics Track in Aberfeldie. We encourage giving it a go, doing your best and having fun with your friends whilst competing at Centre, Region and State levels

Age Groups

Essendon Little Athletics Centre caters for all children aged 5 to 15 years old. Programs offered are age appropriate to ensure Little Athletics is safe and enjoyable for all involved. As athletes progress through the age groups, the programs increase to include some of the more complex field events and longer distance track events.

Our Track and Field Program

At Essendon we run a summer track and field program from October to March. This is based on regular Saturday morning competitions from 8am to approximately 11.30am. Athletes participate and compete weekly with their friends during season, learning the many disciplines of athletics, such as running (sprinting, hurdles, endurance running), jumping (long jump, high jump, triple jump) and throwing (discuss, shot put, javelin).

Essendon Little Athletics Centre also offers:

  • Coaching program for U6s to U8s on Monday nights from 4:30pm to 5:15pm. This coaching program is designed to meet the specific needs of our youngest athletes and focuses on participation and the development of fundamental motor skills.
  • Coaching on Monday nights for U9’s to U16s from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.
  • Option to participate in regional and state events for U9 to U16 athletes, including our fantastic relay program.

Each Saturday morning will typically see the athletes competing in 5 to 6 events (depending on age), with the program of events changing from week to week. We have revamped the programs for the 2021/2022 season with the aim to ensure the programs run as efficiently as possible. For more information regarding the events in each program by age group, please click the link below.

Cross Country (Winter Program)

During winter, the cross country season operates from May to August. Athletes test their abilities over longer distance events, over challenging terrain and are given the opportunity to participate with athletes from other centres.

Cross country distances (approx.)

  • U6 Boys and Girls: 500m
  • U7-8 Boys and Girls: 1000m
  • U9-10 Boys and Girls: 1500m
  • U11-12 Boys and Girls: 2000m
  • U13-16 Boys and Girls: 3000m

Typical Cross Country Venues:

  • Essendon – Moonee Valley Athletics Track, Corio Street
  • Coberg – Harold Stevens Athletics Track, Outlook Road
  • Cragieburn – Sprint Athletics Centre, Craigieburn
  • Keilor – Keilor Park Recreation Reserve, Stadium Drive
  • Sunbury – Jackson Street Reserve, Jackson Street

Support for Families

In support of community sport, there are often vouchers that families can apply for, to assist with the cost of the registration. There is typically eligibility criteria for such programs/vouchers, so please always read the details before applying. One such program is the Victorian Government’s ‘Get Active’ program. 

Victorian Government “GET ACTIVE VICTORIA”

Earlier this year (2021) the Victorian Government announced the Get Active Victoria vouchers to assist families to have their kids return to community sport. Funding covers up to $200 for registrations, equipment and uniforms. Round 3 closed on 30th November 2021, with round 4 open from 7 March 2022 through to 15th April 2022, for expenses incurred between 30th November 2021 and 15th April 2022. Keep an eye on the Get Active Victoria website for up to date information on the Get Active Victoria program by clicking the link below.

How to Join

Registrations are handled centrally by our state body Little Athletics Victoria. To join simply visit their portal below.

Note – for the summer track & field season, the Essendon family registration offer reduces the individual cost of registrations. However to take advantage of this, you need to register all of your eligible family members at the same time, before you pay for any registration.

No such family discounts currently apply for cross-country, but if you do register all of your family members at once it can help with subsequent registrations for the following season. If you are a financial athlete for the summer track & field season, your cross country membership is included.

Part of the registration process is showing or sending us a proof of birth date document, such as a birth certificate, passport or immunisation records. You only need to do this once for each athlete. This is required to complete the registration process and therefore to enable your athlete to compete.

When completing the registration process, please ensure you select Essendon Little Athletics for your Centre.

Contact ELAC

If you have any questions or require further information prior to joining Essendon Little Athletics Centre, please view our helpful FAQ page.

If you cannot find the answers to your specific question(s), please free to contact us via email or phone.

Email: essendon@lavic.com.au

Phone: 0421438547 (Debbie Lawson – Secretary)


Alternatively you can reach out to us by completing the contact form below.

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