Interested in becoming an Official?

Officials – who needs them? The answer is anyone who is trying to run an athletics club, organise an athletics meeting and most importantly competing in an athletics event needs officials.

All track and field competitions, cross country races and most road races are organised under a set of rules issued by UK Athletics. Everyone involved in an event, particularly athletes, need to be able to relax - happy in the knowledge that the competition is being run by officials under UKA rules and conditions fair to all.

Officials are organised into several categories –

  • Starter and Starters Assistant
  • Track Judge
  • Field Judge
  • Timekeeper

More details on each of the types of official can be found by following this link to the South of England Area Officials Association.

Every official had to start somewhere, usually by offering their services at a League or Open meeting. You would not be expected to work alone, but as part of a team. Experienced officials are only too willing to give encouragement and advice to newcomers.

Whether it's on the field, judging track races, being a timekeeper or a starter/marksman why not come along to a meeting and give officiating a go? There is nothing to stop you trying all the different areas of officiating to see which you enjoy the most. After you have decided which area appeals you can attend a friendly one day course (funded by the Club) to learn more about the role and enable you to progress to being a licenced official.

Come into officiating - it's fun, friendly and very rewarding.

If you want any more details or information just contact any member of the committee particularly Kim Chapman, Ray Bell or Alan Brown by using the 'Contact us' form at the bottom right of the page (remember to add the name of the person you are writing to).