English Schools' AA and Awards

Bedford 27 August 2022. Lemar Lucciano (Ireland, 2) wins the under 15 boys' 100m with Zayn Azabdaftery (12) finishing third, Joel Masters (16) fourth, Gabriel Ebo (Ireland, 1) fifth, Ernest Kisel (2nd right) sixth and Alex Foster (11) seventh. Photograph by Mark Shearman.

England Athletics supports the work of the English Schools’ Athletic Association (ESAA). The ESAA is an independent organisation which aims to promote the enjoyment of athletics in schools and encourage the development and discovery of athletic talent.

ESAA Awards

An ESAA Awards scheme, covering both primary and secondary schools, is being run by the English Schools’ Athletic Association and supported by England Athletics and British Athletics.

There are separate schemes, one for primary schools and one for secondary schools and both have seen previous Awards Schemes updated. This has included the introduction of new online functionality to make the Awards scheme easier for teachers to administer. Both schemes are based on outdoor activities. For primary schools there are five levels of One, Two, Bronze, Silver, Gold. For secondary schools there are three levels of Bronze, Silver, Gold.

If your school has not received your pack you can contact your county coordinator. Each county has a coordinator who is able to assist you.

If you require additional packs these will also be made available via the English Schools’ website. It is also possible to download the posters for the ESAA Primary Awards Scheme and the ESAA Secondary Awards Scheme from this page.

The ESAA are also encouraging schools to make the most of a new online resource. This enables teachers to manage their classes, input pupil’s performances, print out charts of pupils’ performances, automatically calculate their awards, and also to then have order forms generated for the relevant badges. Orders can be placed online, by BACs, or by cheque.

County Schools’ Athletics Associations

For the English Schools’ national championships teams are selected by county by the County Schools’ Athletics Associations. The selections are carried out with reference to the English Schools’ standards and rules. The ESAA are not involved in county team selections. The County Schools Athletics Associations are separate and distinct to the County Athletics Associations although there are often strong links between the two.


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