Having secured funding from Spirit of 2012 to invest in developing and supporting our volunteers, an Innovation Day in Birmingham was arranged to plan the best approach for the development of a Volunteer Co-ordinator, and to discuss the wider challenges of involving volunteers in athletics and running.
As part of our updates on the work of England Athletics you can view a video update from our Chief Executive Chris Jones. You can also view other information which has previously been published. Chris gives a summary of the work of England Athletics following the start of the new period of delivery which began on 1 April 2017.
The British Athletics Supporters' Club (BASC) is looking to assist Coaches and Officials with bursaries. BASC will award sums of up to £250 to successful applicants who wish to pursue higher standards. This might possibly, but not exclusively, involve attending a qualification course run by UK Athletics, England Athletics or similar organisations.
The 14th annual British Athletics Officials' Conference took place on Sunday with over 250 technical officials from across the UK attending the event. The day was focussed around the theme of 'Broaden Your Horizons', encouraging officials to think outside of their discipline. As well as 18 different workshops being held, with guest speakers Robbie Grabarz, Katharine Merry and Chris Cohen, a number of awards were made to officials.
England Athletics would like to update you on its planned delivery from April 2017. This work is directly aligned with the Strategic Plan for the period which was announced last year, and will be supported by the Sport England funding for the sport which was announced in February.
The Road Traffic Management course is suitable for all Event Organisers and Event Marshals, both in the commercial and voluntary sectors, and particularly those involved with road races. It is a one-day course that will equip delegates with sufficient information and knowledge to safely direct traffic movements at events.
The Metropolitan Cross Country League celebrated its 50th anniversary season this year, Chair of the England Athletics National Council Tony Shiret watched the athletes and volunteers in action.
There are lots of coaching and officiating courses taking place in your local area - take a look at the Your Area page and select COURSES from the menu. A number of coaching courses taking place this month still have spaces remaining - see what takes your interest!
Chloe Williams is a young official based in Kent. As well as a number of local officials, she's also been supported on her officiating journey by June Swift - England Athletics National Development Officer for Volunteers, Young People and Officials, who first met Chloe at the Youth Sports Trust talent camp. We asked Chloe about her officiating journey so far.
We are pleased to report that 18-year-old Chloe Williams has won the Dave Holder Memorial Trophy for Young Official of the Year in Kent.