Become an Official

Posted by Administrator on Wed 6 February 2019


We need you - whatever your age and experience! You don't need to be in a club - you just need to love athletics!

Officials' Taster Sessions

ENGLAND ATHLETICS are launching a new project aimed at giving people first-hand experience officiating at one of our National Championship events throughout the year (see list below). This project is open to anyone who is interested in officiating, and would like to give it a try, shadowing one of our experienced officials at an EA championship event in a variety of disciplines and events. These are in Sheffield, Manchester or Bedord.

What’s involved on the day?

Once you apply, and have been selected for an event, you will receive an email with all event details. You will arrive in the morning of the event to attend the briefing with Championship Officials. You will then be given your personal timetable for the day. You can then start Assisting officials at events – rotating around each event at the Championship. Once you have finished for the day, you will be given a list of Level 1 Officials course opportunities, which you can attend free of charge. You will also be given the details of a local official who will mentor you and help to continue your officiating journey.

Why should I get involved with this project?

  • Experience officiating at national event
  • Opportunity to try officiating in different disciplines and events
  • Attend an event showcasing future stars of British Athletics
  • Experience mentoring from qualified and experienced officials
  • Free place on Level 1 Officials’ course
  • Signposting to local events
23–24 Feb England U20, U17 & U15 Indoor Championships Sheffield
9–10 Mar England U17 & U15 Combined Events Championships Sheffield
25–26 May England Senior & U20 Combined Events Championships Bedford
22–23 Jun England Athletics U23 & U20 Championships Bedford
27–28 Jul England Senior & UKCAU Championships Manchester
3–4 Aug England U17 & U15 Combined Events Championships Manchester
14 Aug Manchester International Manchester
31 Aug–1 Sep England U17 & U15 Championships Bedford

How do I register my interest?

If you would like to be a part of this exciting opportunity email for more details.

If you can't travel to these places then contact your county to gain experience and shadow an official for the day - 23rd March is the first opportunity. There are other opportunities in April, May and beyond. We need you - whatever your age and experience!

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