Following consultations in 2012 and 2013, England Athletics is committed to ongoing engagement with clubs and other stakeholders within the sport.
Between March and May 2014, a series of regional Club Conferences were held that took place on the dates below. Clubs are fundamental to the future development of the sport. The conferences therefore offered an opportunity for clubs to come together to discuss the challenges that they face, the issues that are important to them and how they see the future for athletics clubs in England.
Discussions at each event were be led by members of each regional council and club representatives, while members of the England Athletics executive team were also on hand to answer questions.
Issues explored included:
- Affiliation and membership
- Spending priorities for EA
- The England Athletics Online Portal for Membership Secretaries, Athletes and volunteers (including demonstrations of new improvements to functionality)
Following on from the club conferences, we once again offered everyone within the sport the opportunity to have their say via an online consultation survey. The survey closed on Friday 18th July 2014 and the results can be found here.
With the formal aspects of the England Athletics 2014 consultation process now complete, you can access the final consultation report here. The key findings were that England Athletics should:
- Increase the athlete registration fee
- Potentially increase the registered athlete discount
- Consider the introduction of a minimum charge for unregistered athletes in all disciplines, not just road running.
- Ensure fairness around the registration scheme to ensure that clubs have confidence in the system.
- Provide more and better benefits for registered athletes.
Chris Jones, Chief Executive of England Athletics, said: “Engaging with and listening to the views of the membership is absolutely imperative for England Athletics if we are to ensure that the services we provide are relevant to the needs of our clubs, their volunteers and athletes whom we serve. This process has once again highlighted the importance of this approach that we now deliver annually. There is no one better placed to talk first hand, from experience, about the issues that matter most to our member clubs than the volunteers who make our sport function as we know it. The democratic engagement process is vitally important if we are to build a brighter and financially viable future for our sport in England. I hope that people engage as proactively with the next stage of the 2014 consultation process as their views are invaluable.”
Tony Shiret, Chair of the National Council, said: “The Club Conferences were in my view successful. It was good to get clubs’ views direct and to be able to discuss some of the pressing issues face to face with around 300 club reps. The National Council and its representatives on the EA Board will continue to be guided by these views. The whole process now moves on to validate the main themes identified with an online survey. This is a lengthy but hopefully worthwhile process. My thanks go to everyone who attended and the EA staff and regional chairs who contributed to the smooth running and feedback collection.”
Below, you will find copies of the PowerPoint slides that were presented at the 2014 England Athletics Regional Club Conferences that took place at 11 locations between March 24th and May 9th.
Alongside the slides, we have provided the notes made of what was said at each of the meetings, as well as a list of attendees. Notetakers were different at each venue, hence some stylistic differences.
Any errors or omissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also find a document that outlines the main patterns to emerge from across the country. These themes will form the basis of a consultation survey that will be launched in June.
Further explanatory notes to accompany the financial slides will be made available here in due course.
Dates, Venues and Notes
- Monday March 24th – Yorkshire and Humberside Event 1, Doncaster Notes
- Wednesday March 26th – South West, Exeter Notes
- Monday March 31st – London Notes
- Monday March 31st – Yorkshire and Humberside Event 2, Harrogate Notes
- Friday April 4th – North West, Stretford Notes
- Monday April 7th – West Midlands, Birmingham Notes
- Wednesday April 16th – North East, Durham Notes
- Wednesday April 23rd – South East Event 1, Oxford Notes
- Monday April 28th – East Midlands, Nottingham Notes
- Wednesday April 30th – South East Event 2, Crawley Notes
- Friday May 9th – East, Bury St Edmunds Notes
Slides and Report
You can access more details on your regional council by going to your local 'About Us' section via www.englandathletics.org/your-area. More information on our National Council can be found at www.englandathletics.org/council
Stay informed & give your views
If you are an athlete, coach or volunteer who has been registered with England Athletics by your club please use the portal at www.englandathletics.org/editmyprofile to ensure your details, in particular your email address, are up to date and that you are opted in to receive ‘news and information’ from us. This will help us to let you know about opportunities to give your views.