England Athletics is committed to raising the standard of facilities at sustainable community athletics clubs around England, increasing the opportunities to access quality facilities for both new and existing athletes.
Managing the facilities at a community athletics club can be a minefield of legislation and guidelines, from planning permission for floodlights to fire safety compliance in club houses, or funding assistance for new developments.
To help you make the most of your resources, England Athletics are developing a range of guides to help clubs with all aspects of managing and improving your facilities. These range from governance guidance through to information on asset transfer.
Pictured is Down Grange track which has recently been upgraded from a 6 to 8 lane track as part of the local sports complex enhancements.
England Athletics Facility Strategy
Facilities are absolutely vital to sustaining the current level of activity that many of our affiliated clubs across the land enjoy. This applies not only to specific athletics track and field facilities but also to the social amenities, changing rooms and car parking which a club of any discipline requires to sustain, thrive and grow. Facilities provide the environment where success can be shared and enjoyed by existing participants, supporters and spectators alike.
To grow and sustain participation in any sport there are several factors that come into play – for athletics, access to a healthy stock of safe and suitable facilities is one of the most crucial. England Athletics have produced a strategy document in part to inform its own work and future investment into local athletics facilities, but also to inform and guide local stakeholders in this vitally important facet of the sport. Click here to download the Strategic Facility Plan
The strategy looks at not only track and field facilities but also at facilities that meet need for recreational and road runner. The facility strategy ties together the technical specification of certificated facilities (as identified within UKA Facility strategy) with the development need based on the current growth in participation, as result of the ongoing commitment provided by coaches and volunteers across the country through clubs and networks. This includes looking at specific facility needs for initiatives such as Run England, and requirement for multi-event youth development and competition through activity such as Athletics 365, QuadKids, Super 8 and Sportshall.
Click here to read more about the Plan.