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…
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. Please see a list below of upcoming qualifications:
|Saturday 20 July||Wimbledon College, London||Timekeeper||Book now|
|Saturday 20 July||Wimbledon College, London||Field Judge||Book now|
|Wednesday 24 July||Nuneaton Harriers AC, Warwickshire||Track Judge||Book now|
|Sunday 28 July||Allianz Park, North London||Track Judge||Book now|
|Sunday 28 July||Allianz Park, North London||Field Judge||Book now|
|Friday 6 September||Ridlins Stadium, Stevenage||Timekeeper||Book now|
|Sunday 8 September||Ridlins Stadium, Stevenage||Field Judge||Book now|
|Sunday 8 September||Ridlins Stadium, Stevenage||Track Judge||Book now|
|Sunday 29 September||Stick and Wicket Club, Walsall||Risk Awareness||Book now|
|Sunday 29 September||Stick and Wicket Club, Walsall||Endurance||Book now|
|Saturday 5 October||Exeter Harriers Clubhouse, Devon||Field Judge||Book now|
|Saturday 5 October||Exeter Harriers Clubhouse, Devon||Track Judge||Book now|
|Saturday 5 October||Exeter Harriers Clubhouse, Devon||Timekeeper||Book now|
|Sunday 13 October||Frenchfield Sports Centre, Penrith||Endurance||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||Book now|
To book on a course, click on the button below and use the search function to find your preferred level 1 qualification.
If there isn’t a course in your area, please complete the expression of interest form below:
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. To locate your nearest COfSec (County Officials’ Secretary) and competitions, please see lists below:
To have a valid Officials’ licence, you need to have a current DBS check, which should be renewed every three years.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.