Regional Council Elections 2021

England Athletics, along with the wider athletics and running community, has been gearing up for the regional council elections in 2021. From now until the election process ends in late March, this page will aim to keep you up-to-speed on all the latest news and help explain how it all works.

What are the elections for?

Nadia WIlliams with quoteThe regional council election process, which started on 25 January, decides who will represent the views of the sport at the grassroots.

In total, 40 vacant seats were up for grabs across the nine England Athletics regions in 2021.

We recently spoke to ex-elite athlete turned regional councillor Nadia Williams about her experience of being part of the Regional Council – click to read more from Nadia.

How does the election process work?

Regional Council 2021 mapThose wishing to serve as a regional councillor in 2021 were required to submit their nomination between 25 January and 1 March.

  • If the number of candidates matches the number of vacant seats in a region then those regional councillors will be elected automatically as soon as the nomination process ends week commencing 1 March.
  • If the number of candidates exceeds the number of vacant seats in a region then it will be for those local clubs to choose their regional councillor[s]. Any ballots will take place between 9 March and 30 March.

By week commencing 30 March, we’ll know who has filled the 40 vacant seats across all nine regional councils and, therefore, will be representing the views of grassroots sport at local and national level.

Click to find out more about the role of regional councillors and regional councils (PDF 140kB)


Anyone requiring further information can contact Lynette Smith at England Athletics on 07718 394424 or email