Return to Competition (updated 4 August)

Please see below for our guidance document for a return to restricted track and field competition in a Covid-19 secure setting (updated 4 August). This is written knowing that any step back to competition needs to be taken carefully and in full recognition of, and adherence to, government guidance that is in place at the time on Covid-19:  we will update our guidance if and when necessary.

Update: 4 August. Following careful planning, consultation with medical input and other sports, and logging information with DCMS/Sport England, we are pleased to announce a further step forward in our Return to Track & Field Competition guidance – for competitions taking place from 8 August 2020 onwards. See above for links to the full Return to Competition guidance document and click here for a summary of the changes to the guidance.

Update: 31 July. England Athletics have taken note of the latest government announcements made on Friday 31st July 2020, in relation to local area restrictions. The current guidance we have in place for training and competition remains unchanged, as published on our website (links above), and applies to all parts of England including those in locally restricted areas. Government has implemented specific sport facility closures in Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford and Leicester. We will continue to update people as we receive any further information.

Update: 24 July. We have announced a financial support package for local track and field competitions to help reduce travel, enable small competition events and to encourage clubs and organisers to try new competition formats within a Covid-19 secure environment. Applications are open for competitions taking place Aug-Sep (application close 8 Aug) – click here for full information.

Competition schedule

The schedule of competitions below is subject to amendment based on changing conditions across the country:

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General considerations

  1. Athletes will need to be prepared properly before they undertake any competition. Coaches, club managers and parents (where relevant) should ensure any athlete is confident that they are ready to compete.
  2. UKA has undertaken an officials’ survey which details the current availability of officials for competition.  Event organisers will need to ensure all mitigation and wellbeing factors are in place prior to a competition taking place and that these are communicated to officials beforehand.
  3. Flexibility around the number and level of officials will be needed: this may affect licensing options. (Updates to follow)
  4. Venues are obviously a key part of competition and the venue’s management must be confident that they have undertaken the relevant risk assessments and initially err on the side of caution with regards to numbers and events to ensure the risk is managed.
  5. This whole process must be considered as a phased return, where pilot events lead to small local events, then potentially regional and possibly national. It is likely that numbers at each event will be restricted, age groups may be restricted and certain events not possible in the early stages.
  6. Safety, wellbeing and confidence in the systems and organisation of events should be our watch words and actions.

New resources

Please see below for links to new resources in our Resources section: