Officials' Taster Sessions

Following the success of the Officials’ Taster Sessions at our England Athletics Championship events last year, we’re offering a new opportunity to apply for our events in 2020 – giving first-hand experience of officiating in a National Championships environment.

If you’d like to give officiating a try, then our Officials’ Taster Sessions will give you a flavour of the action as you shadow our experienced officials in a variety of disciplines and events at an England Athletics Championships.

As well as the opportunity to register for Track and Field events, this year you can also sign up to two Endurance events – the National Cross County Championships and the National Road Relays.

Plus, anyone who takes part in one of our Officials Taster Sessions will also be offered an opportunity to sign-up to a Level 1 Officials qualification free of charge!

Registration is now closed

What’s involved on the day?

Track and Field

Once you apply, and have been selected for an event, you will receive an email with all event details. You will arrive in the morning of the event to attend the briefing with Championship Officials. You will then be given your personal timetable for the day. You can then start assisting officials at events – rotating around the different disciplines at the Championship. There is a whole host of disciplines you can get involved in on the day, including: Track Judging, Field Judging, Starter/Starter’s, Assistant, Timekeeping and Photofinish. Once you have finished for the day, you will be given a list of Level 1 Officials’ course opportunities, which you can attend free of charge. You will also be given the details of a local official who will mentor you and help to continue your officiating journey.

Endurance

Once you apply, and have been selected for an event, you will receive an email with all event details. You will arrive in the morning of the event to attend the briefing with the Officials. You will then be given your personal timetable for the day. Some of the duties you can get involved with include start line assisting/assembling athletes, course marshalling, assisting with the judging and recording at a race finish, or timekeeper recording, to name a few. Once you have finished for the day, you will be given a list of Level 1 Officials’ course opportunities, which you can attend free of charge. You will also be given the details of a local official who will mentor you and help to continue your officiating journey.

Why should I get involved with this project?

  • Experience officiating at a national event
  • Opportunity to try officiating in different disciplines and events
  • Attend an event showcasing future stars of athletics and running
  • Experience mentoring from qualified and experienced officials
  • Free place on Level 1 Officials’ course
  • Officials’ Kit
  • Travel expenses covered (up to a maximum allowance)
  • Signposting to local events
Date Event Venue
Indoor track and field
4-5 January England Athletics Senior and U20 indoor Combined Events Champs Sheffield
22-23 February England Athletics Age Group indoor Champs Sheffield
14-15 March England Athletics Age Group indoor Combined Events Champs Sheffield
Endurance
22 February English Cross Country Association National Cross Country Champs Nottingham
4 April English Road Relays Association National Road Relays Birmingham

(Please note, dates to attend our outdoor championships will be promoted at a later date in 2020)

How do I register my interest?

Registration is now closed