England Athletics Update
Following the launch of England Athletics new strategic plan in late 2016 after a period of consultation with our member clubs, we now approach our next strategy period and we would therefore like to update you on our planning for our future activities.
The strategic plan is directing all the decisions that we make and how we use our available resources. Our strategic priorities are:
1. To expand the capacity of the sport by supporting and developing its volunteers and other workforce
2. To sustain and increase participation and performance levels in our sport
3. To influence participation in the wider athletics and running market
It is important that we maximise our resources to best fulfil our ambitions relating to these priority areas of work.
England Athletics recently announced that it will receive £7.3million from Sport England towards delivery of its core strategic priorities during the period 2017-2021 and Sport England had already in December also announced a specific “talent” award of up to £4.725m to athletics which will be used by both UKA and England Athletics to deliver its combined “pre-world class” coaching and athlete development plans for the next four years. This Sport England funding of up to £12million for athletics and running in England is part of a £101 million investment for 25 governing bodies of sport announced earlier this month, which includes specific National Lottery and Government funding.
Over the coming weeks, England Athletics, as the grassroots membership and development body for the sport, will undertake operational planning to ensure that this funding, alongside the income received from other sources, is used to best support our objectives to develop athletics and running at grassroots level.
England Athletics Chief Executive Chris Jones said, “Sport England funding remains extremely important in enabling us to provide ongoing development support to the England Athletics family, particularly our member clubs and in areas such as competition, coaching and athlete development, participation, schools and volunteer development. This latest funding announcement is welcome news and we are extremely grateful for the continued support of Sport England during a period when the public sector is faced with significant financial challenges.
“Besides the financial support from Sport England, our other income includes club affiliation, athlete registration, road race licence, course and event fee income. Our ability to diversify our income streams will enable us to become more sustainable as an organisation and Sport England will continue to work closely with us to realise this goal. England Athletics will continue to work to secure new channels of revenue and resources to help deliver our priorities.
“Volunteers have always been, and will always be, fundamental to our sport and it is appropriate that they remain our number one priority in terms of how we focus the use of our resources. The sport has enjoyed unprecedented growth in recent years and this has been a result of a collective effort – in particular by our volunteers, but also involving other partners and it is important we work together to sustain and grow participation and continue the successes of the sport.”
Throughout this period of planning, we will continue to have a team of local club support staff in place to work with our member clubs and partners and local education courses for coaches, leaders, teachers and officials will continue unaffected by this process. England Athletics will also continue to support coaches through a programme of activities and resources to enhance the learning of coaches and leaders.
Similarly, we will continue to organise national championships and international team activity, including teams for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games. We will also continue to work closely with third party competition organisers to provide opportunities for athletes and runners of all abilities where we can.
This year will see great opportunities for the sport, with the 2017 IAAF and IPC World Athletics Championships taking place in London. England Athletics is proud of its leading role in the Inspiration Programme focused around three areas of volunteering, schools and disability. We are focussed on maximising the potential that these opportunities represent.
As in previous years, England Athletics will again consult with its member clubs, where further information on the planning process will be relayed and an opportunity afforded for clubs to contribute to discussions on important challenges and opportunities facing our sport. This year’s consultation programme will take the form of an online survey which we will open during the spring and close during the summer allowing lots of time for people to tell us what they think. A further round of consultation events are likely to be scheduled during the early Autumn period.
Updates on any changes to how England Athletics operates will be provided in due course but in the meantime, we urge people to visit our website and social media channels for full information on forthcoming activities and events - www.englandathletics.org, on Twitter at @englandathletic or Facebook at www.facebook.com/englandathletics.
Registered athletes, coaches, officials and club volunteers can also ensure they are opted in to receiving updates via email by logging in at www.englandathletics.org/myprofile and ensuring their email address and mailing options are up to date.