Competition Opportunities

Competition Opportunities

Each year Athletics NI send international teams to several key competitions. The majority of teams are combined Ulster & Northern Ireland teams with the main exception being the NI Commonwealth Games team.

What opportunities are available?

  • U17, U20, U23 Celtic Cross Country International (January)
  • Senior Antrim International Cross Country (January)
  • Senior Armagh International Road Race (February)
  • Senior Home Countries International Cross Country (March)
  • U20 & Senior Home Countries Combined Events Championships (August)
  • U15 & U17 England Athletics Championships (August)
  • Senior Manchester International (August)
  • Commonwealth Games (April 2018)
  • Commonwealth Youth Games (2017)

If you would like to see what it takes to make these teams why not check out the Selection Policies section.

Is there any support available to help cover my competition expenses?

Most clubs provide some financial assistance to their highest performing athletes, have you tried asking them? In addition Athletics NI's Competition Support Programme provides moderate assistance to athletes who have achieved specific performance standards.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What do I have to do to be selected for a team?

Teams are selected based on the criteria outlined in the SELECTION POLICY section of the site.

Please read the selection policies carefully and make sure you enter the appropriate competitions to give yourself the best chance of being selected.

Who is eligible to compete on an international team?

To be eligible to compete on an international team you generally need to:

  • Be born in Northern Ireland or Ulster
  • Have a parent born in Northern Ireland or Ulster
  • Have been a resident of Northern Ireland or Ulster for more than one year. The only exception is students who typically are not selected until they have undertaken 2-3 years of education in NI or Ulster.

Please note that precise rules vary from team to team and are published in the selection policies.

Who is responsible for team selections?

Teams are chosen by a selection panel that varies on an event to event basis. Overall coordination of this process is undertaken by Athlete Development Lead Tom Reynolds.