UK Athletics and its four partner Home Country Athletics Federations (HCAFs) has officially launched the UK Wide Officials Strategy for the sport of athletics in the UK.

The strategy has been created in consultation with the athletics officiating community across the UK through a combination of surveys, focus groups, individual discussions and desk-based analysis. Whilst the strategy sets out a clear plan for all officials (off-track endurance plus track and field combined) to 2032, it will be reviewed at the end of every four-year cycle to ensure it remains time relevant and effective.

The strategy outlines a shared vision for officiating that sees a diverse, valued, extremely knowledgeable, skilled and motivated officials’ community enabling the successful delivery of the UK’s competition and events programme – a community of officials who feel proud to play their essential role across all disciplines of the sport in the UK.

The mission is one of building a dual-focused athlete and people-centred officials’ community where all officials feel valued, included, supported and motivated, and where officials support the delivery of inclusive, positive and enjoyable athlete competition experiences.

The strategic objectives are:

  • Inclusive, Valued And Supported Officials’ Community:

A diverse (representing diversity within UK population), highly skilled, highly-connected officials’ community that is highly valued at each stage of the competition pathway.

  • Officials Recruitment And Retention:

A clear and effective system of recruitment, support and retention for officials within the UK system.

  • Officials Learning And Development:

Empowered officials engaged in a role-based officials learning system accessing a comprehensive, measured and flexible learning and development programme across the UK.

  • Expert Technical Officials (World-Class):

A diverse network of supported, well educated, experienced, highly skilled international level officials, capable of continuing to deliver the best events in the World.

The full strategy can be viewed HERE.