Amateur Athletic Association (AAA)

About the AAA

The Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) works in a wide variety of areas providing open forums for discussion and has taken on the role of safeguarding the history of the sport through its various heritage projects.

The AAA meet regularly and it is an open forum for discussion between the 3 areas, North, Midlands and South about every aspect of the athletics scene with contributions from representatives of Cross Country, Road Running and from independent representatives within the sport.

The AAA also support the ‘Standards’ by awarding badges and certificates to youngsters who’ve achieved standards in their discipline. We support the work of AAA Charity for the Young, which has its own board of trustees, giving small grants to young athletes helping them in the early stages of their careers.

Heritage Projects


The AAA has guardianship of many historic and valuable trophies and these are awarded annually to elite athletes. The AAA has undertaken to clean and maintain these trophies, many of which date back to the start of athletics competition in England, preserving them for years to come.

The Athletic Museum (TAM)

The AAA has initiated a project to establish a museum dedicated to athletics as part of its legacy to the sport. At present, in its infancy, TAM exists as a website with temporary exhibitions planned:

Work is ongoing to establish a physical museum to house, amongst other athletic memorabilia, the historic trophy collection and to hold exhibits celebrating the achievements of those athletes, coaches and volunteers who have contributed to the history of the sport.

Anyone interested in contributing to this project is encouraged to get in touch by emailing:

Young Athlete Grant Scheme

The AAA Charity for the Young has a fund which is able to support English Athletes under the age of 23 who are in full time education and active in athletics. Applicants should not be receiving other funding and be eligible to compete for England. It is possible to apply for funds for costs including equipment and travel. Applications close each year in February (successful applicants will be contacted shortly afterwards).

AAA Standards Award Scheme

The agreement reached in 1996 between representatives of the AAA of England and the Celtic Countries in respect of the recognition of common Track and Field Standards essentially remains in force. The performances listed hereunder apply to all British Athletics, irrespective of whether any Country intends, or not, to make Certificates and/or Badges available to their athletes.

With the advent of databases of performances, it has been decided to completely revise the standards tables every two years and to introduce standards for events which appear in the Power of 10 database. The method of revising the tables has been to look at the total number of performances recorded in the database and to try to pitch the standards such that the top 7.5% of performances would attain a grade 1 standard; the top 15% of performances a grade 2 standard; the top 30% a grade 3 standard; the top 65% a grade 4 standard. Some events have not been included due to there being insufficient data on which to base a realistic standard, i.e. performances by less than 50 individuals.

The Standards for Senior athletes are for guidance only as there are no badges available for that age group.

The performance to be recognised must be achieved in the actual category of competition at:

  1. National, Territorial and County Championships
  2. All Young Athletes and other League competitions, Open Meetings and Inter-Club Trophy Meetings
  3. Other approved meetings
  4. ESAA National, Regional and County Championships

The Standards set for all field events in each age group are based on the use of the implement weights and specifications as detailed under UK Athletics Rules. Standards may be obtained for ALL Indoor Events additional to the 60m and 60m Hurdles using the relevant outdoor tables. Standards may be obtained in each or every single event contained within any Combined Event competition.

Please Note: Due to the lack of competition last year (2020) the standards have not been changed and the 2019-20 tables will remain in force for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. In effect this will be until 1st April 2023. Due to rising costs, we have regrettably had to increase the price of the badges to £4 each.


To Apply for badges please see the text under the certificate available for download on the right-hand side of this page.


Documents relating to the AGM are available for download on the right-hand side of this page.

Contact Details

Unit 11 Wincham Avenue