Portfolios are areas of responsibility for Councillors.
They are the main areas of the sport where the National Council has decided to communicate to/from the grass roots volunteers and use this communication to help it press the grass roots’ case to the Board of England Athletics.
The three Portfolio areas we are focusing on initially are:
- Clubs (click here to see more about the clubs portfolio)
- Coaching (click here to see more about the coaching portfolio)
- Officials (click here to see more about the officials portfolio)
We want to know what you feel about these areas and where you would like to see changes. To allow you to do this we have set up emails for each Portfolio in each of the nine England Regions which will be accessed by your regional Councillor Portfolio holder. Click here to view links for details all our portfolio holders.
For each Region we have also shown a pen-picture of the Portfolio holders. This will allow you to speak to them when you see them at training/meetings. You should always email them using the official address set out on their Portfolio pages.
The Portfolio system is for you to express your opinion to the Councils to allow us to speak on your behalf at national level ultimately. The Councillors like you are volunteers and you should not expect them to be directly involved in delivering work done by England Athletics' staff – such as organising courses or answering customer queries about England Athletics competitions. What they will do is stand up for and represent people in their region.
We want to get the system working properly on the three Portfolios described. Then we would hope to extend it to other areas like Schools, Facilities and Competition. The National Council is very active in these areas already but its work will clearly benefit from grass roots involvement.
We hope that you will use this system to allow the Councils to act on the basis of your up-to-date views.
What Portfolio Holders do
Since England started in 2005 there has been a Portfolio system. But it has proved difficult to run because of the complexity of assembling everyone’s views and wanting not to over-burden the Councillors involved who are also volunteers. More recently there has been a greater desire expressed by Councillors to take an active part in how the sport is run and that is why we are re-activating the Portfolio system.
To help Portfolio holders we have set up a Resource page which sets out an updated overall description of all Regional Councillors’ roles, outline Job descriptions and suggested reporting templates. The Councillors will report to the regional Council and to the National Portfolio holder who will in turn report to the National Council.
Typically debate in athletics and running focuses on the areas that are delivered by clubs but not the clubs themselves. Is your club struggling with too few volunteers? Do you have a waiting list? Would you like a common IT system in athletics to help your administration? Are you able to promote the sport or do you feel over-run by the scale of what you are expected to deliver? We want to know what the main issues are for the clubs collectively at any time. Contact your Regional Club Councillor as your first step.
Click here to see more of the work England Athletics does with its clubs. We the Councils are separate from the staff of England and do not deliver the work of England Athletics. We are there to make sure they are doing it right.
The National Clubs Portfolio Holder post is currently vacant:
England primarily delivers support to the coaching system through two areas – Coach Education and Mentoring programmes. Do you think that this strategy is producing enough properly qualified coaches? What would you like to see done differently? Is the content of the course right for what you need? Are you a coach? You don’t need to be to talk to us here. If you are an athlete/parent/supporter/administrator we would encourage you to express your views as well. Contact your Regional Coaching Councillor as your first step.
Click here to go to the Coaching pages of the England Athletics website. As stated elsewhere the Councils operate independently of the staff of England. Our job is to check they are fulfilling their roles properly.
The national Coaching Portfolio holders are Mick Shortland and Keith Reed:
Mick is a former teacher of physical education and has coached in schools, further education and, more recently, athletics clubs. Like so many other coaches; Mick began coaching at Stevenage and North Herts AC when is daughter joined the club as an athlete. Capable of turning his hand to coaching a range of events Mick’s main strength is in coaching hammer throwers and is proud to say that his squad ranges from u15 to veteran age groups.
Always on the lookout for ways to develop his coaching expertise Mick was a member of the initial first Local Coach Development cohort. This led to him joining the National Coach Development programme and to him becoming a Coach Education tutor. He now delivers a range of coaching courses and event group specialist days.
With a strong background in coaching it is not surprising that Mick holds the Coaching Portfolio on both the East Region Council and the National Council. Mick can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith has served on the SW Council as both a co-opted member and and elected member. He is a club secretary, coach and National technical official. He has been representing the SW council on the tri regional officials group for a number of years, and has tried to develop opportunities for SW officials in that time. Keith can be contacted at email@example.com
The way that Officials are governed in the UK is complicated. In essence officials are governed by a mixture of UKA’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG), County Officials Secretaries, England’s Tri Regions and probably quite a few other bodies! There is a new UK Officials Strategy but this is set within the existing complicated framework. There are obvious problems in terms of the ageing of the officials’ workforce, fixture planning that may over-burden already busy officials and the delivery of Officials’ Education. As above we are happy to hear from any official or body of officials or indeed from anyone with meaningful issues they wish the Councils to take up with England. Contact your Regional Officials Councillor as your first step.
Click here to go to the Officials section on the England Athletics website. As stated elsewhere the Councils operate independently of the staff of England. Our job is to check they are fulfilling their roles properly.
The national Officials Portfolio holder is Moira Gallagher.
Dr Moira Gallagher MBE
Moira has been an athletics official since 1970 and has officiated at many events at all level including the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and Glasgow, the IPC World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand and both Olympics and Paralympics in London. This wide range of events from club/school upwards still continues and also includes endurance and race walking. Her involvement in Para-athletics began in 1975. Acting as a tutor for all levels is another way in which she is involved and recently she has been part of the team re-designing the Level 1 Tutor training course to make it more interactive and more interesting for those attending. As Chair of the UKA Track and Field Officials’ Education and Training sub group she is involved in the education and assessment system for officials from attendance at a Level 1 course through to Level 4 and Management level. This is also reflected in the North where she leads work on the development of officials who wish to progress to the higher levels of the system as well as offering advice to those in the early stages. In addition Moira coordinates all the applications for Level 4 both in the North and Nationally.
The table below will click through to the portfolio holder for the region you wish to contact. The individual email contacts are set out on the individual pages.