New year brings exciting opportunities to help shape athletics

With the start of a New Year less than a month away, it brings with it new opportunities for those wanting to help us shape the future of athletics across England.

2023 is election year for our nine Regional Councils and there’s never been a better time to get involved in our sport at the grassroots level.

The year just gone saw the multicultural city of Birmingham hosting a home Commonwealth Games that featured more para sports than ever before.

The Alexander Stadium staged six days of scintillating athletics played out in front of sell-out crowds for each and every session.

There is an opportunity for us all, together, to build on this excitement and it takes diversity of thought, culture and perspective for athletics to become a more inclusive sport where everyone belongs and can flourish.

The role of Regional Councils and the regional councillors elected will be crucial and we actively encourage nominations from candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds to help take the sport forward.

In total, across the nine England Athletics’ regions there are 36 seats up for election.

Becoming a regional councillor is both a rewarding and privileged role with the unique opportunity to help shape the sport for the benefit of their clubs and members, both now and in the future.

Primarily a regional councillor should have a passion and enthusiasm for the sport of athletics and running at a local level. Good communication and engagement skills are also central to being an effective regional councillor as well as leadership and innovation.

Anyone wishing to stand as a regional councillor in one of the nine regions needs to submit their nomination between January 23 and February 24.