Regional Council Elections 2021

England Athletics, along with the wider athletics and running community, are gearing up for the regional council elections in 2021. From now until the election process ends in April, 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?

Regional Council 2021 mapThe regional council elections, which start on 25 January, decide who will represent the views of the sport at the grassroots. In total, 40 vacant seats will be up for grabs across the nine England Athletics regions in 2021.

How does the election process work?

Those wishing to serve as a regional councillor in 2021 need to submit their nomination between 25 January and 22 February.

  • 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 22 February.
  • 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 8 March and 5 April.

By 5 April, 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 here to find out more about the role of regional councillors and regional councils (PDF 140kB)

How to apply

Candidates wishing to apply for one of the 40 member opportunities across the nine Regional Councils can do so by completing the nomination form. Please note, when completing the signature section, initials can be used.

Click here to download the nominations form (editable PDF 75kB)

Anyone requiring further information on completing the nomination form should contact Lynette Smith at England Athletics on 07718 394424 or email

Regional Council 2021 timeline infographics

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