Athletics announcer training

Are you an Athletics fan thinking of embarking on a career in Media or journalism?
Do you sometimes listen to the PA announcers at track and road events and think “I could do that”?
Are you a club member looking to enhance and widen your relationship with the sport?

If the answer to any of those questions is yes, then we have some great opportunities for you!

We have a project that will give selected applicants the experience of one on one tutoring in the spring and early summer by Rob Walker, IAAF Athletics commentator for the last 11 years and a broadcaster with two decades of TV experience.  This will be followed by the chance sit alongside Rob and veteran announcer/statistician Peter Matthews at various England Athletics events throughout the summer, before getting on the mic yourself to lead the commentary on your own. Note applications for the first course are now closed.

If you would prefer to learn about announcing at Club, League and County level events, then why not attend one of our three evening workshops and learn about the skills needed for events that your club is more likely to be a part of. This workshop is hosted by Expereinced announcer Tony Miller, and Peter Matthews. Click to find out more.

National level event announcing with Rob Walker and Peter Matthews

England Athletics is providing an opportunity to learn about what goes on in the commentary box with Rob Walker and Peter Matthews.  However, to take advantage of this opportunity you need to register your interest, tell us a bit about yourself and send us your CV. You don’t have to be an expert in broadcasting and this isn’t a promise of a job at the end of summer, but it is a chance to get to grips with the basic skills involved in covering the sport and open the door to a fascinating industry. Expenses and training will be covered for successful applicants. Athletics is a sport heavily connected to Statistics, but you don’t have to have an encyclopaedic level of knowledge to excel on this project. It’s about having an instinct for the sport and a willingness to learn, prepare and dive in at the deep end.

What happens next?

  • Fill in the form below outlining your experience and passion for the sport, and attach your CV to it.
  • Once the applications are in, a shortlist of candidates will be invited to Alexander Stadium for an assessment day at the end of March.
  • The successful recruits will then be given one to one tutoring by Rob Walker.
  • There will be an opportunity to sit alongside Rob and Peter Matthews at various England Athletics events throughout the summer.

Registration for this round closed 25 February

Club level event announcing with Peter Matthews and Tony Miller

England Athletics are also organising three workshops aimed at anyone within a Club who would like to be able to commentate or announce at local leagues, club and county level events.  These will take the form of a 3 hour evening workshop (6pm-9pm) and hosted by Peter Matthews and Tony Miller. The workshop will cover equipment and facilities, knowledge of athletes, events and rules, pre event preparation, personal attributes needed, and working methods including scheduling, who to liaise with, adjustment of style and information to the type of meeting and the sort of audiences that they attract, presentations, typesof public messages and Dos and Don’ts.  Also covered is the difference between stadium announcing and TV/Radio commentating and whether you are at a track & field, road, or cross-country event.

The first Club level event workshop took place in Sheffield on Friday 22 February (the night prior to the England Athletics Age Group championships). Equivalent workshops will take place in March in the South and Midlands areas.

What happens next?

  • Register your interest to attend one of the workshops and specify North, Midlands or South.
  • Those wanting to attend in Sheffield will then be sent further information immediately.
  • Those wanting to attend in the Midlands or South will be sent further information nearer the time.

Registration for this round closed 15 February (North), 27 February (Midlands and South)