England Athletics is committed to raising the standard of facilities at sustainable community athletics clubs around England, increasing the opportunities to access quality facilities for both new and existing athletes.
Managing the facilities at a community athletics club can be a minefield of legislation and guidelines, from planning permission for floodlights to fire safety compliance in club houses, or funding assistance for new developments.
To help you make the most of your resources, England Athletics are developing a range of guides to help clubs with all aspects of managing and improving your facilities. These range from governance guidance through to information on asset transfer.
National Facilities Strategy
Our ambition is to create an innovative and inspiring network of sustainable athletics facilities, with the capacity to meet both current and future demand across England. England Athletics has published a national facilities strategy to explain how it will work towards achieving this ambition. A copy of the strategy can be downloaded by clicking here (PDF 5MB).
England Athletics are committed to supporting clubs and groups to ensure the facilities they use for athletics activity are accessible.
- For more information on accessible facilities, click here to download the EFDS Access for All; Opening Doors facilities guidance (PDF format document).
- Click here for Sport England’s Accessible Facilities Guidance.
UKA Facilities and Health & Safety guidance
- Please click here to view current UKA guidance on Health & Safety
- Please click here to view the latest UKA guidance for facilities operators and clubs
Guidance on facilities have been produced by Sport England in partnership with England Athletics and UKA. Where conventional facilities are not suitable or viable a compact facility may be a suitable option:
- For Sport England's guidance on facilities please click here
- To view UKA's short videos on facilities risk assessment (high jump, pole vault, cage and horizontal jumps) please click here
Free Track and Field Facility Course now available
To support Venue Operators and clubs to run safe, well managed Track & Field Facilities, UK Athletics have launched a brand new online E-Learning Track & Field Facility Course which is available free of charge.
This course is designed for leisure/track managers, grounds staff, athletics club members and anyone with an interest in athletics facility management.
- Provide safe, functional facilities that meet the intended use
- Reduce capital repairs and cost
- Reduce unscheduled shutdowns and repairs
- Extend equipment and facility life
- Maximise lifecycle cost savings
- Operator responsibilities
- Different types of athletics facilities
- Looking after your facility:
- Track surfaces
- Infield and field events
- Venue safety and risk assessments
- Producing your own facility operations manual
- Course assessment – 30 minute multi choice assessment exercise
Users without a UK Athletics uLearn login will be required to create an account by clicking the register button on the course booking page. Please note, your registration can take up to two working days to be approved before you can access the course.
Pictured is Down Grange track which has recently been upgraded from a 6 to 8 lane track as part of the local sports complex enhancements.