2017 looks set to be a great year for the sport, and England Athletics is pleased to share with you a calendar of fixtures for 2017. This includes not only England Athletics events but also a number of other competitions organised by partners across the sport.
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Competition opportunities are provided by a wide range of organisations. As well as investing in national level competition England Athletics also provides support and grants, including financial assistance, for a number of other key partners who fulfil important roles in the sport, while many other competitions are promoted by volunteers without any form of financial assistance. We outline some of these grants below.
England Athletics’ Head of Coaching and Athlete Development, Martin Rush commented, “Once again 2017 will see a huge variety of competition on offer to athletes with a vast amount of the work to deliver these events being done by volunteers. Whatever the discipline, ability, age or aspiration of an athlete there is competition available.
“On behalf of England Athletics we would like to thank every volunteer across the sport who contributes to the provision of all the opportunities that are available. Competition is one of the key activities that England Athletics directly delivers, using membership monies and Sport England grants to fund national championships in a range of disciplines.”
England Athletics also fund, and work with, a number of partners who provide a huge range of competitive opportunities for athletes. In addition to this competition investment England Athletics use membership income to support club and coaching work across the breadth of our clubs, acknowledging that a majority of our registered athletes are runners.”
“To help people know what is available, we have compiled a calendar of some of the key competitions that will take place in 2017. However, given all that is on offer it is not possible to list everything. We recommend that athletes and others check with their club for details of other important competitions, such as the leagues, in which their club competes.”
“Endurance athletes can also find details of licensed road races at the runbritain website.”
Among the areas England Athletics currently invest in are:
We recognise the pride athletes take in representing their country. As well as supplying England Athletics teams with kit, England Athletics also work with our sponsors New Balance to provide kit for teams selected by partners such as the English Cross Country Association and the England North, Midlands and South area teams at the Welsh International.
In addition to this England Athletics also works to support a range of competition providers with publicity and coverage of their events. We also invest in online resources for race organisers and courses, such as training in road traffic management, to support the delivery of a wide range of road running events.
Click here to download a copy of our calendar of key fixtures in 2017 and remember to speak to your club about the leagues and other local competitions available.