England Athletics Clean Sport

England Athletics are working with UK Anti-Doping and UK Athletics to provide up to date information and education for all England Athletics members.

England Athletics Clean Sport Implementation plan

England Athletics have developed a Clean Sport Implementation plan which aims to ensure all registered athletes and coaches have access to the latest information on clean sport, and that there are education programmes available to identified talent athletes and their coaches, plus England Team Coaches and staff.

In 2021 England Athletics

  • ensured that all athletes on the Youth Talent Programme (445) undertook an education programme on Clean Sport.
  • promoted Clean Sport awareness in Championship programmes.
  • made available the Clean Athletics Awareness course to all members through the England Athletics website.
  • appointed an England Athletics Board Champion for Clean Sport; Janice Kaufman.
  • committed to completing an annual report on Clean Sport Education and promotion for presentation to the England Athletics Board each December.

In 2022 England Athletics will

  • ensure that all athletes on the Youth Talent Programme undertake an education programme on Clean Sport.
  • ensure that all coaches connected to the Talent Pathway have access to and encouraged to complete the Clean Athletics Awareness course.
  • promote Clean Sport awareness at England Athletics Championships.
  • make available the Clean Athletics Awareness course to all members through the England Athletics website.
  • ensure all Team Staff have access to the Clean Athletics Awareness course and complete it.
  • complete an annual report on Clean Sport Education and promotion for presentation to the England AthleticsBoard in December.
  • adopt the UK anti-doping rules and provide any updates as we receive them from UKAD/UKA.

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD)

UKAD is the National Anti Doping Organisation of the UK and is responsible for anti-doping in the UK. Its website includes education resources and provides information on anti-doping rules and procedures. UKAD has ‘Report Doping in Sport’ channels which allow the sport community to confidentially pass on information about potential doping.

Important information

The World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list of drugs changes on a regular basis.  All athletes, coaches and support personnel should make themselves aware of any updates to the list on a regular basis.

Global Drug Reference Online

The Global DRO website allows you to check the status of registered medication, both prescribed and over the counter. Athletes of all levels should check any medication before they use it. Athletes should also advise their GP that they may be subject to testing so that this can be considered when considering any treatment. Please note that even if prescribed by a doctor, you should still check you medication on GlobalDRO and contact UKA immediately should the status of you medication be prohibited.

If a medication is prohibited it doesn’t necessarily mean that you cannot use it but you must notify the correct authorities through the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) procedures. UKA can advise you on your TUE requirements.

Supplements Website

The manufacture of supplements is not controlled in the way that the manufacture of medicines is and extreme caution should be exercised before using a supplement. Athletes should consider their diet before using supplements and should realise that they are responsible for all substances that they ingest. UKA’s Supplements Position Statement has been produced to advise the sport on the best practice approach to supplement use.

Other Important Information

Please note that certain athletes are selected for the testing pools which means that they need to provide whereabouts information for out-of-competition testing. If you are selected, you will be advised individually and be given support with complying with the responsibilities. It is important to remember however that any athlete can be tested at any time, both in- and out-of-competition and if you are notified that you are required to provide a sample you must comply. Refusal to provide a sample when requested is an anti-doping rule violation with a standard sanction of a two-year ban.