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DOMESTIC COMPETITION UPDATE MAY 4

Following the guidance issued last week (April 29), the Competition Strategy Group (CSG) would like to update you on some of the progress that is being made behind closed doors during these challenging times.

During these unprecedented times it has become increasingly difficult to protect our 2020 fixtures calendar, and as such, regrettably we have lost, and still may lose, some very important competitions.  The CSG remain committed to working with competition providers, the Home Country Federations and the Athletics Athletes Commission and are meeting on a weekly basis to discuss changes in line with the latest government guidelines in order to provide a competition framework at all levels.

We are also receiving updates from the Global Calendar Unit planning team as International level fixture changes could still affect our National Championships and global level televised meeting dates. 

The health and wellbeing of athletes and our athletics family remains our number one priority, however we recognise the important role domestic competition plays within our sport.  We thank you for your continued patience throughout this period and would like to remind you to observe the government guidance when it comes to your training plans outside the home. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email: domesticcompetition@uka.org.uk. For further information on the role of the CSG please see below.



Domestic Competition plays an important role for athletes of all abilities. Whilst continuing to be the lifeline for every athlete wanting to excel at elite level, it is essential that competition becomes more effective in engaging young people, to keep them in the sport for longer. 

Improving domestic competition and the experience of the athletes is one of the priorities for UK Athletics and the Home Country Athletics Federations (HCAF’s).This way we can work together to inspire an athletic nation and for athletes to reach their full potential. To achieve this, UK Athletics and the HCAF’s continue to work with competition providers to help raise standards in every event, every region and in every age group. 


Domestic Competition Strategy Group (CSG)
The Domestic Competition Strategy Group recognise the challenges within our sport, such as attraction and retention and have formulated a strategy and policy to address them including:
  • competition structure and fixture planning
  • competition standards 
  • competition licensing

 

We recognise there are challenges with domestic competition. The CSG regularly communicate with competition providers and meet four times a year. Members of the group include:
  • Donna Fraser, UKA Domestic Athletics Operations Manager
  • James Williams and Rhiannon-Linington Payne, Welsh Athletics
  • Leslie Roy and Alasdhair Love, ScottishAthletics
  • Jackie Newton, Northern Ireland Athletics
  • Andrew Day, England Athletics
  • Hannah England, Chair of the Athletics Athletes Commission
  • Jonathan Roberts, UKA Talent Director 
  • Ian Hodge, UKA Statistician
  • John Temperton, UKA Licensing
  • Job King, Paralympic Talent Development Coordinator