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 Photo Finish. Only one discipline needs to be completed, plus an online Health & Safety course which you should book onto first (before your discipline module).

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Please see a list below of upcoming qualifications:

Sunday 17 November Yeovil Olympiads AC Clubhouse, Yeovil Field Judge Book now
Sunday 17 November Yeovil Olympiads AC Clubhouse, Yeovil Timekeeper Book now
Sunday 17 November Yeovil Olympiads AC Clubhouse, Yeovil Track Judge Book now
Sunday 17 November Yeovil Olympiads AC Clubhouse, Yeovil Starter/Starter’s Assistant Book now
Sunday 24 November Gateshead College Academy for Sport Field Judge Book now
Sunday 24 November Gateshead College Academy for Sport Track Judge Book now
Sunday 24 November Gateshead College Academy for Sport Endurance Book now
Sunday 24 November Gateshead College Academy for Sport Timekeeper Book now
Sunday 24 November Gateshead College Academy for Sport Photofinish Book now
Sunday 24 November Gateshead College Academy for Sport Starter/Starter’s Assistant Book now
Saturday 30 November Swindon Harriers Field Judge Book now
Saturday 30 November Sportspark, University of East Anglia, Norwich Field Judge Book now
Saturday 30 November Sportspark, University of East Anglia, Norwich Track Judge Book now
Saturday 30 November Sportspark, University of East Anglia, Norwich Timekeeper Book now
Saturday 30 November City of York AC, Heslington, York Field Judge Book now
Saturday 30 November Hercules Wimbledon AC, Wimbledon Park Stadium Track Judge Book now
Saturday 30 November Hercules Wimbledon AC, Wimbledon Park Stadium Level 1 Photofinish Book now
Sunday 1 December Hercules Wimbledon AC, Wimbledon Park Stadium Field Judge Book now
Saturday 18 January City of York AC, Heslington, York Track Judge Book now
Sunday 2 February Birchfield Harriers, Birmingham Alexander Stadium Field Judge Book now
Sunday 2 February Birchfield Harriers, Birmingham Alexander Stadium Track Judge Book now
Sunday 8 March Marshall Milton Keynes AC, Stantonbury, Milton Keynes Track Judge Book now
Sunday 8 March Marshall Milton Keynes AC, Stantonbury, Milton Keynes Field Judge 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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If there isn’t a course in your area, please complete the expression of interest form below:

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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.

Date Meeting Venue COfSec County
Thu 14 Nov 2019 Gateshead Harriers Open Series Gateshead North East
Sat 16 Nov Northern Athletics Open Meeting Sheffield South Yorkshire
Sun 24 Nov London Universities & Colleges LUCA indoor Lee Valley Middlesex
Sun 24 Nov Nottinghamshire AAA Open Graded Open & QuadKids Meeting Sheffield South Yorkshire
Wed 27 Nov Manchester Cup Sportcity Greater Manchester
Sun 1 Dec Lee Valley December Open Lee Valley Middlesex
Sun 1 Dec Sale Harriers Open Series Sportcity Greater Manchester
Sun 1 Dec South Yorkshire Open Series Sheffield South Yorkshire
Sun 1 Dec Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC Winter Series Eton Berkshire
Wed 4 Dec Middlesex University Open Student Championships Lee Valley Middlesex
Sat 7 Dec Northern Athletics Open Meeting Sheffield South Yorkshire
Wed 11 Dec BMC Sheffield Open Series Sheffield South Yorkshire
Thu 12 Dec Gateshead Harriers Open Series Gateshead North East
Sat 14 – Sun 15 Dec Midland Counties Open Series Birmingham Warwickshire and Birmingham
Sat 14 – Sun 15 Dec South of England AA Combined Events & Open Champs Lee Valley Middlesex
Sun 15 Dec Sale Harriers Open Series Sportcity Greater Manchester
Sat 21 Dec Lee Valley Minithon Lee Valley Middlesex
Sat 21 Dec Track Academy Sprint Challenge Willesden Greater London
Sun 22 Dec Sutcliffe Indoor 60’s Eltham London
Wed 1 Jan 2020 Lee Valley New Year Open Lee Valley Middlesex
Sat 4 Jan South London Athletic Network Open Meeting Carshalton Greater London
Sun 5 Jan BMC Sheffield Grand Prix Sheffield South Yorkshire
Sun 5 Jan Sale Harriers Open Series Sportcity Greater Manchester
Sun 5 Jan Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC Winter Series Eton Berkshire
Sat 11 – Sun 12 Jan South of England AA U13/U15/U17 Championships Lee Valley Middlesex
Thu 16 Jan Gateshead Harriers Open Series Gateshead North East
Sat 18 – Sun 19 Jan London U20 / Senior Games Lee Valley Middlesex
Sat 18 – Sun 19 Jan Midland Counties Open Series Birmingham Warwickshire and Birmingham
Sun 19 Jan Sportshall: East Combined Regional Final Uni of Essex, Colchester Essex
Wed 22 Jan BMC Sheffield Open Series Sheffield South Yorkshire
Sat 25 – Sun 26 Jan London U13 / U15 / U17 Games Lee Valley Middlesex
Sat 25 Jan North East Youth Open Gateshead North East
Sun 26 Jan Festival Indoor Open Sheffield South Yorkshire
Sun 26 Jan Sportshall: South West Fun in Athletics Regional Final Wellsway, Bristol Avon
Sun 26 Jan Sale Harriers Open Series Sportcity Greater Manchester
Wed 29 Jan Ayo Falola Dream Mile / 3000m Open Lee Valley Middlesex
Wed 29 Jan BMC Lee Valley Open Lee Valley Middlesex
Wed 29 Jan London Universities & Colleges LUCA Championships Lee Valley Middlesex
Sat 1 – Sun 2 Feb South of England AA U20 / Senior Championships Lee Valley Middlesex
Sun 2 Feb BMC Sheffield Open Series Sheffield South Yorkshire
Sun 2 Feb Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC Winter Series Eton Berkshire
Thu 6 Feb Gateshead Harriers Open Series Gateshead North East
Sat 8 Feb Sportshall: North East Combined Regional Final Temple Park LC North East
Sat 8 – Sun 9 Feb Essex County & Eastern AA Championships Lee Valley Middlesex
Sun 9 Feb South Yorkshire Open Series Sheffield South Yorkshire
Sat 15 – Sun 16 Feb Surrey & Sussex County Championships Carshalton Greater London
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.