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Athletics Officials Course – one week to go!

There are spaces on the H&S and Track module at the Athletics Officials course coming up soon (next Saturday 17th October) in Cheltenham.  There is only 1 week left to accept bookings for this course, so please encourage anyone who would like to book on to send in an application form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

 Please find attached the application form required to book on to the course:  officials-course-application-v8b 

Please see the approximate times for the course modules below:


Saturday 17th October 2015


Health & Safety and Generic Module

South West

Prince of Wales Stadium, Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4RN



Lv2 Track

The costs for the courses are:

£30 – Full Level 2 Course – includes Health & Safety, Generic and Track

£10 – Health & Safety Module only – (for current Level 2+ officials)

Who should go on this course?

This course is suitable for all new officials from the ages of 14+ to attend (officials can only gain a licence card and DBS from 16+). Candidates work under the supervision of a qualified official in a specific discipline (Track, Field, Timekeeping, etc) before becoming a qualified technical official.

How many days will it take?

One day, with no assessment.

 What will I learn?

After completing the course candidates will have a knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • Appropriate attire/equipment
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role
  • Ability to follow duty sheet.
  • List events/roles covered
  • Health and Safety
  • Relationships with other officials and athletes
  • Knowledge and application of rules
  • Ability to make quick and correct decisions
  • Presentation and accuracy of result card
  • Judging (including lap charts) (Track)
  • Operation of wind gauge, lap boards and bells (Track)
  • Use of flags at break-line and take-over boxes (Track)
  • How to become a club, county or regional official and gain your officials licence

What will I be able to do?

After completing the course candidates will need to gain experience by attending four athletics meetings, operating under the supervision of a qualified UKA Technical Official.  These experiences should be recorded and submitted to England Athletics to show evidence of undertaking a variety of roles.  A DBS check will also be required following which a Level 2 Club Officials Licence will be issued. By undertaking further experiences and completing a log book, Club Officials can progress to qualify as a County, Regional or National Official.

    Please see attached poster for the course

·         To see more information on each module please go to our website where all modules are now being advertised: www.englandathletics.org/courses

·         To see information on the individual disciplines (Field, Track, Timekeeping…) please go to our officials page where you can download booklets for each discipline: www.englandathletics.org/officials

 Please forward this to anyone who might be interested in attending the course or who may know someone else who might be. If anyone has any questions regarding the course after visiting the links to the pages above, please do ask them to get in contact with Tina on the details below.

 Thank you for your time and for any assistance provided with the promotion of the courses.

Best Wishes
Tina Beresford
Coach & Officials Education Coordinator – East and West Midlands and South West
England Athletics
Mobile: 07920 532558

About suekb2015

I am a middle distance runner, specialising in 800m, and team manager for Cannock & Stafford AC women's masters team.


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