The AAA is alive and well and working in a wide variety of areas providing open forums for discussion, organising events which will help with the development of young athletes and as part of that organising numerous competitions for young athletes which are valued as developmental tools. The AAA has also taken on the role of safeguarding the history of the sport; it also awards its historic and valuable trophies to elite athletes.
Every year the AAA supports events across the country for young athletes with the aim of using these initiatives to build enthusiasm and to help in the development of young athletes. There are 4 Tom Pink Relays (a multi disciplinary event for U13s) meetings in England which are always over-subscribed. The Simultaneous Marathon (where 11 -13s working in teams complete a marathon; each child running 200m stints) had 200 teams in England last year.
We are also involved and have supported training days, workshops and materials for teachers and coaches working with younger athletes. Why are the AAAs doing all this work with U13s? The answer is simple - we want to work where we can be most effective and we recognise that England Athletics’ Sport England funding does not extend to cover this type of work with this age group. The AAA is, however, working with EA to promote and organise relay competitions for schools and clubs to increase participation and encourage more athletes to try relays and improve technique. The long term aim is to improve the British performance in this event."
We award salvers, medals and their valuable cups and historical trophies to athletes in national competitions because they are still seen as the “gold standard” by athletes and coaches.
In recent years as keepers of the history of the sport; the AAA commissioned histories of the men’s AAA and the women’s AAA by Mel Watman.
The AAAs meet regularly and it is an open forum for discussion between the 3 areas, North, Midlands and South about every aspect of the athletics scene with contributions from representatives of Cross Country, Road Running and from independent representatives within the sport.
What else do we do for you? Well we support the “Standards” by awarding badges and certificates to youngsters who’ve achieved standards in their discipline. We also give plaques to young athletes who achieve Grade 1 in throws and jumps to encourage participation in field events. We support the work of AAA Charity for the Young, which has its own board of trustees, giving small grants to young athletes helping them in the early stages of their careers.
England Athletics and the AAA often work in partnership, and England Athletics is pleased to assist the AAA by hosting some web pages and providing information about the AAA.
What do we do?
The AAAs are also involved in the following projects:
- Tom Pink Relays and Field Events Challenge
- World Marathon Challenge
- Young Athlete Grant Scheme
- AAA Standards Scheme
- Hall of Fame
You can find out more about these by clicking on the title of each. There's also a 2012 Review - click here to read it.