Historically, there has been no accessible Athletics programming for new Canadians, Indigenous youth, and others who live in the inner city. Lack of access to facilities, transportation and financial costs are barriers that have made it difficult for young athletes to access Track and Field programs. Stars Athletics Academy launched in October of 2021 at the University of Winnipeg, with the goal of creating an accessible and sustainable track club in downtown Winnipeg.  

Stars Athletics Academy is a free program that allows kids to explore track and field in a safe and inclusive space. Participants can attend and compete in all Athletics Manitoba run track and field events, where they get a chance to experience our track and field community firsthand.  

Transportation to and from practices/meets is arranged for athletes that need it, eliminating the transportation barrier that many face. We also provide healthy snacks for the athletes, as most participants are coming straight from school, and do not have an opportunity to eat beforehand. This allows us to create a safe and inclusive environment for our athletes.  

Our experienced coaches are able to offer a comprehensive track and field experience. We welcome athletes ages 8-18 of any skill level, our coaches work with the athletes to find the event right for them. 

The Academy has grown over the last year with over a dozen competitive Athletics Manitoba members, who have been competing at local track meets throughout the summer. 

The program returns this October! First practice date will be announced in September. 

Dates: Every Tuesday and Thursday evening
Time: 5:30pm-7:15pm
Location: University of Winnipeg Rec Plex
Cost: Free

Stars Athletics Academy is accepting new participants! If you or someone you know would be interested in joining the program, Please contact Brooke-Lynn at Communitydev@athleticsmanitoba.com.

This program is made possible by the support of our partners. We would like to thank Sport Manitoba, Athletics Canada, and Jumpstart for helping fund the program. Our partnership with the Rising Stars Foundation has been integral to the success of the program. Not only have they encouraged athlete involvement but they have specifically played a role in the recruitment of coaches and program leaders.