Officiating Journey

Officials truly are the beating heart of athletics and running and at the heart of all the action. England Athletics wants to inspire Officials by providing direct support through our track & field journey and our endurance journey. Both journeys benefit from structured qualifications, practical competition experiences and ongoing development opportunities throughout. Its never been simpler to get into Officiating with our four easy steps. Make a start by booking on to your course online today…

Step 1

To start your Officiating journey, you must complete a level 1 qualification, with the discipline of your choice, choosing from Field Judge, Track Judge, Timekeeper, Starter and Photofinish. Only one discipline needs to be completed, plus an online Health & Safety course which you should book onto first (before your discipline module).

Please see a list below of upcoming qualifications:

Sunday 23 February Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Eton Field Judge Book now
Sunday 23 February Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Eton Starter Book now
Sunday 23 February Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Eton Timekeeper Book now
Sunday 23 February Wavertree Sports Park, Liverpool Risk Awareness Book now
Sunday 23 February Wavertree Sports Park, Liverpool Endurance Official Book now
Sunday 23 February Manx Harriers Clubhouse, Isle of Man Race Walking Book now
Thursday 27 March Costello Stadium, Hull Track Judge Book now
Saturday 29 March Costello Stadium, Hull Field Judge Book now
Saturday 29 February Manx Harriers Clubhouse, Isle of Man Risk Awareness Book now
Saturday 29 February Manx Harriers Clubhouse, Isle of Man Endurance Official Book now
Saturday 29 February Queens Sport Centre, Godalming Track Judge Book now
Saturday 29 February Queens Sport Centre, Godalming Photofinish Book now
Sunday 1 March Queens Sport Centre, Godalming Field Judge Book now
Sunday 1 March Queens Sport Centre, Godalming Starter Book now
Sunday 1 March Queens Sport Centre, Godalming Timekeeper Book now
Sunday 8 March Marshall Milton Keynes AC Track Judge Book now
Sunday 8 March Marshall Milton Keynes AC Field Judge Book now
Sunday 8 March Marshall Milton Keynes AC Timekeeper Book now
Sunday 8 March Blackburn Harriers AC Track Judge Book now
Sunday 8 March Blackburn Harriers AC Field Judge Book now
Sunday 8 March Blackburn Harriers AC Timekeeper Book now
Sunday 8 March Chelmsford AC Clubhouse, Essex Timekeeper Book now
Sunday 8 March Chelmsford AC Clubhouse, Essex Field Judge Book now
Sunday 8 March Chelmsford AC Clubhouse, Essex Track Judge Book now
Saturday 14 March Guernsey AC, St Peter Port Field Judge Book now
Saturday 14 March Guernsey AC, St Peter Port Track Judge Book now
Sunday 15 March Yate Outdoor Sports Complex, Bristol Track Judge Book now
Sunday 15 March Yate Outdoor Sports Complex, Bristol Timekeeper Book now
Thursday 19 March Hadley Learning Community, Telford Track Judge Book now
Saturday 21 March Laurence Jackson School, Guisborough Field Judge Book now
Saturday 21 March Coventry Godiva Clubhouse, Coventry Photofinish Book now
Saturday 28 March Macclesfield Leisure Centre, Cheshire Timekeeper Book now
Saturday 28 March Macclesfield Leisure Centre, Cheshire Field Judge Book now
Saturday 28 March Macclesfield Leisure Centre, Cheshire Track Judge Book now
Saturday 4 April Coventry Godiva Clubhouse, Coventry Timekeeper Book now
Saturday 4 April Coventry Godiva Clubhouse, Coventry Field Judge Book now
Sunday 5 April Coventry Godiva Clubhouse, Coventry Track Judge Book now
Saturday 4 April Guernsey AC, St Peter Port Starter Book now
Sunday 10 May Wavertree Sports Park, Liverpool Starter Book now
Sunday 10 May Wavertree Sports Park, Liverpool Field Judge Book now
Sunday 10 May Wavertree Sports Park, Liverpool Track Judge Book now
Sunday 10 May Wavertree Sports Park, Liverpool Starter Book now

 

To book on a course, click on the button below and use the search function to find your preferred level 1 qualification.

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Step 2

Before becoming a licensed Official, you must complete 4 practical competition experiences, where you will be able to meet and learn from qualified and knowledgeable Officials.
If you are interested in taking part in any of the events listed below, please get in touch with the relevant County Officials’ Secretary (click here for a list). For Sportshall events you should contact Adam Burgess, adam@sportshall.org. Note Sportshall events start at 12.30pm unless stated.

Sat 15 – Sun 16 FebSurrey & Sussex County ChampionshipsCarshaltonGreater London

Date Meeting Venue COfSec County
Sun 16 Feb Sportshall: North West Combined Regional Final Sportcity Manchester
Wed 19 Feb BMC Lee Valley Open Lee Valley Middlesex
Wed 19 Feb Lee Valley Middle Distance Open Lee Valley Middlesex
Sun 23 Feb Sale Harriers Open Series Sportcity Greater Manchester
Sun 1 Mar Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC Winter Series Eton Berkshire
Sun 1 Mar Sportshall: West Midlands Fun in Athletics Regional Final (10.30am) North Solihull LC Warwickshire and Birmingham
Sun 1 Mar Sportshall: Yorkshire Combined Regional Final North Bridge LC
Sun 1 Mar Sportshall: West Midlands Regional Final (2.30pm) North Solihull LC Warwickshire and Birmingham
Thu 12 Mar Gateshead Harriers Open Series Gateshead North East
Sun 15 Mar Sale Harriers Open Series Sportcity Greater Manchester
Sun 15 Mar Sportshall: East Midlands Combined Regional Final Grantham Meres Lincolnshire
Sat 21 Mar Sportshall: South West Combined Regional Final Torbay LC Devon
Sat 21 Mar Lee Valley Minithon Lee Valley Middlesex
Sun 22 Mar Sportshall: South East Regional Final (2.30pm) The Triangle LC Sussex
Sun 22 Mar Sportshall: South East Fun in Athletics Regional Final (10.30am) The Triangle LC Sussex
Sat 28 – Sun 29 Mar Midland Counties Championships and Open Birmingham Warwickshire and Birmingham
Sun 29 Mar Lee Valley U13 / U15 Pentathlon & Open Lee Valley Middlesex
Sun 29 Mar South Yorkshire Open Series Sheffield South Yorkshire
Sat 18th Apr Sportshall Final Sheffield South Yorkshire

Step 3

To have a valid Officials’ licence, you need to have a current DBS check, which should be renewed every three years.

Step 4

The final stage to complete your qualification and become a licensed Official, you will need to complete and submit your application for accreditation. This includes details of your qualification, plus a record of each of your 4 practical competition experiences. Completed applications should be sent to officialsaccreditation@englandathletics.org.

Track & field

Individuals who wish to work in a track & field environment supporting competitions using an athletics track (such as 800m-10,000m track competitions, sprints and hurdles, jumps or throws) should take the track & field journey.

Endurance

Individuals who wish to work in a purely non-track based environment have a journey specifically designed for their needs. This journey is for those officials who work exclusively with athletes competing in road running, fell, cross country or multi terrain events.

Becoming a road running Race Director or Event Adjudicator

Race Directors’ Club

The runbritain Race Directors’ Club has been created to be a resource to help race organisers to deliver better events. After registering and logging in you can access:

  • Support and Information such as the Race Directors’ Handbook, plus the fact sheets which support this
  • Licensing – Firstly, apply for a licence for your event. On successful application your event is automatically added to the event diary and the facility to open your race to online entry on the main site will become available.
  • You are also then entitled to access the runbritain Race Director Courses at accredited and intermediate level

England Athletics hold Gun to Tape workshops which aims to help distance running clubs, and new or existing event organisers putting on road or multi-terrain races. This introductory workshop provides clubs with both inspiration and information around setting up a new event or revitalizing an existing one. See ‘Development & opportunities’ for details.

Event Adjudicators

All UKA / runbritain licensed road races are scrutinised by an Event Adjudicator to ensure compliance with licence standards.

If you are interested in this role then please go to the runbritain website and login to the site and click on the green ‘event adjudicators’ tab underneath the welcome message. Here you will find details and a series of FAQs on the role.