Improving the experience of officials

Improving the experience of officials

England Athletics want to improve the experience of officials and make life easier for people who deploy officials to competitions and events.

The Officials' Development Officer at England Athletics is Nikki English and she's written some information below which officials will find useful.

As well as helping to increase the quantity of licensed officials across England I want to ensure that all of our officials have a great experience of officiating; from taking the first steps and registering for a course through to helping out at competitions.   

Event Management software pilot

One area that we are looking into, is to make it easier for officials to find out the dates of forthcoming competitions, make themselves available for selection, replace someone who has withdrawn or withdraw themselves. Other sports and charities do this using some great digital software (i.e. computer-based). We’d like to find out how these can help in our sport, so we are currently running a pilot project with the help of a number of Officials' Secretaries. We will share the outcomes with you once the pilot phase has been completed in March 2018.

Officials' Conference

The date for the 2018 Officials' Conference has now been confirmed as Sunday 8th April. The usual attendance is around 250 officials of all levels and experience, coming together from around the country to discuss relevant topics and issues in officiating, as well as offering valuable networking opportunities and sharing of best practice.

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks for more information on how you can register for this fantastic opportunity!

Quarterly eBulletin

Each quarter, I will be sending out a special eBulletin to all licensed officials, with information and useful updates around officiating, future courses and events, as well as celebrating success within the officiating community. Please get in touch if there is anything you would like to see in the newsletter, so I can ensure it’s as relevant as possible to all our officials.


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