To follow on from the inaugural competition conference in December 2022, England Athletics would like to update those interested on changes and also continue the discussion about competition.
Four two-hour sessions have been set up to facilitate conversations around different topics – specifically track and field discussion to address the participation decline in this discipline of the sport. Please find details of each session below and a link for registration.
Congress Session 1 – England Athletics operational update
9 May, 7-9pm
This session will include updates on:
- What England Athletics are doing on the back of the comments made at the competition conference.
- The 2023 funded partners, who we are funding and why, the approach to the 2024 fixtures calendar process.
- Some of the work taking place in the space from a partnership and also an EA Championship perspective.
Congress Session 2 – The importance of inclusion and diversity
10 May, 7-9pm
In this session we will:
- Cover the importance of inclusion and diversity within athletics.
- Explore initially the importance of making events inclusive for para athlete.
- Discuss the importance of inclusion and diversity in committees and what strength diversity can bring.
Congress Session 3 – Our volunteer workforce
11 May, 7-9pm
We will discuss:
- A dwindling volunteer workforce makes it difficult to innovate in the competition space, let alone cover the basics of a competition. This is a very real challenge and one which could stop competitions being held in the future if this is not addressed.
- What are the key challenges and what could the role of the volunteer look like 15 years from now?
Congress Session 4 – The future
12 May, 7-9pm
In this session we will talk about:
- What it is the athletes want to see at their events following some insight carried out at our recent Indoor championships.
- What are the preferences of Gen Z and Gen Alpha, the current and future athletes in our clubs?
- The competition vs the event and what the difference is, and why athletes now also want an ‘event’ not just a competition.
- Events and the increased importance of social impact.