Becoming a Registered Athlete

When you become a registered athlete with England Athletics, via an affiliated club, you’ll be joining a community of athletes and runners from across the country whilst also helping us to support your club and invest in the sport you love.

How to Become a Registered Athlete

  • You must be a member of an athletics or running club that is affiliated to England Athletics to become a registered athlete
  • Your club is responsible for registering you with England Athletics.
  • Once England Athletics has received your details from your club and payment for your registration, we will allocate you a Unique Registration Number (URN).
  • For the 2021/22 year, from 1 April 2021, the fee for athlete registration will remain at £15 (for the fifth consecutive year). The charge is often paid by club members alongside their club membership fees. Many clubs state this when publicising their membership fees.
  • Your registration must be renewed by 30 June each year. However, for the 2021/22 year, in direct response to the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, England Athletics is continuing to provide flexibility for clubs and athletes by extending this deadline. We would hope that clubs will register their athletes with England Athletics by 30 June 2021 but we recognise that, for some clubs, this may be difficult given the ongoing impact of the pandemic. Therefore, the deadline for athlete registration is extended for those clubs that need this flexibility by two months (from 30 June to 31 August 2021).
  • If you are not registered this affects your eligibility to compete in competitions held under UKA Rules and for your club. Athletes who were registered during 2020/21 will be eligible for competition up until 31 August 2021 (but will need to be registered by 31 August 2021 to be eligible to compete in any licensed competitions beyond that date). Competition checker facilities will be amended to reflect this decision. Athletes who were not registered in 2020/21 will need to be registered before competing in any licensed competition from 1 April 2021 onwards.
  • To make your membership details more easily accessible, all athlete registration packs are sent out digitally via email. This will include your digital registration card with your personal URN. Your England Athletics digital registration pack/card should be received no later than 48 hours after your registration payment has been received.
  • Your registration number (URN) is on the digital card that you will be sent and it is also available from the person at your club who keeps your details up-to-date through the club management area of the myAthletics portal. Your digital card can be saved to your desktop, tablet or mobile device.
  • You will also have a unique URL link within your profile area in the myAthletics portal which you can use to access your digital registration pack at any time.
  • As a registered athlete you will be able to access a range of exclusive benefits and services. Click here for more details.

Once registered your URN stays the same from year-to-year. However, you must have made an up-to-date payment on your registration for your registration to remain active. If payment is not received by 31 August 2021 your registration will expire.

If you experience any problems in receiving your digital URN/registration card for the new registration year, you should:

  1. Check your email inbox and make sure that the email is not showing in your spam folder (and mark England Athletics as a ‘safe sender’)
  2. Log in to the myAthletics portal and go to your profile page – you will be able to access your unique URL to view your registration pack from here. If you are having problems accessing the myAthletics portal please use the forgotten username/ forgotten password functions.
  3. Contact our Member Engagement Team using the Contact Us form on this website

A Help & Support area is available to help athletes use the myAthletics portal effectively – you can log in to the portal via the link at the top right of this page.

If an athlete is registered for the first ever time in January – March their registration fee also covers the following affiliation year, beginning 1 April. Note – this does not apply to lapsed athletes or those who have changed clubs, it only applies to those being registered with England Athletics for the very first time.

Checks on athlete registration

England Athletics, UKA and event organisers work in partnership to ensure that checks on England Athletics athlete registrations are carried out. Event organisers use an ‘athlete licence checker’ and race entries taken through runbritain are automatically checked for a valid England Athletics registration. The England Athletics online event entry system also automatically checks that athletes are registered when entering events, you will not be able to enter events without a valid registration if this is a requirement of the competition.

Checks on athletes also involve use of Power of 10 to check that those athletes featuring in results submitted to Power of 10 hold the appropriate England Athletics registration. If you have any issues with information on Power of 10, contact

Random and systematic checks are also carried out by England Athletics in addition to those made by competition providers. Competition providers can upload spreadsheets of entrant/competitor details for automated checks. England Athletics works with partners, including clubs and competition providers, to minimise the number of instances in which disqualification occurs. The number of unregistered athletes remains very low.

Please ensure you work with your club to ensure your athlete registration is kept up-to-date and that you are eligible to compete.

Important details to remember about your Registration

  • Ensure you know your URN, also referred to as licence number or England Athletics registration number, or make a note of it
  • Ensure you pay your club membership fee, including the England Athletics registration fee, promptly
    • Make clear to your club that you are a competing athlete if your club also has non-competing athletes
    • Be aware of your club’s membership renewal process – when do you need to pay and how?
  • Log in to the myAthletics portal to check your personal details are correct and view your registration status. You must have a valid and up-to-date email address listed against your profile otherwise you will not receive your digital registration pack, including your URN. If necessary use the forgotten username / forgotten password functionality to access the portal.
  •  Remember:
    • The new affiliation year begins on 1 April.
    • Athletes registered in the previous affiliation year have until 31 August to renew their registration
    • Athletes who were registered during 2020/2021 will be eligible for competition up until 31 August 2021 (but must have renewed their registration by 31 August 2021 to compete in licensed competition held after that date). The need to register prior to that date to compete at a licensed event applies to any athletes who were not registered in 2020/2021 (even if they have been registered in previous years).
    • Previously registered athletes who have not renewed their registration by 31 August will become ‘unregistered’ at that point
  • Ensure your details are correct on your profile:
    • First name – use your full name without abbreviations
    • Surname
    • Date of Birth
    • Email address – you can choose how you hear from England Athletics by setting your communication preferences in the myAthletics portal
  • When you are sent your athlete pack keep a digital copy of your registration card

Foreign Athlete Registration

For full information about Foreign Athlete registration please see the UKA Rules for Competition. You can also download an application form for the registration of foreign athletes from the right hand side of this page. The 2020 list of Foreign athletes is now published and can be downloaded from the right hand side of this page.

Higher Competition and First Claim for other discipline

To compete for a club as a Higher Competition Athlete an athlete must complete the Higher Competition Athlete Form and make the appropriate payment. Athletes and Clubs are reminded that this process closes on 1 March each year.

An application form can also be completed by those athletes wishing to compete for a new Club in a discipline for which their First Claim Club does not affiliate.

More information regarding Higher Competition Athletes can be found in the UKA Rules for Competition (Rule 21 S3 (4)).

You can also download the application forms from the right hand side of this page.


Please note that some downloadable forms on the right of this page will be updated for the 2021/22 registration year as we get closer to 1 April 2021.