Knowledge/experience of athletics is not essential as full training will be provided. Full details of the qualifications pathway are available from the British Athletics website www.britishathletics.org.uk
Information regarding courses currently offered by Athletics NI can be found below.
If you would like to become and Official and volunteer at your local Athletics Club a list of athletic clubs throughout Northern Ireland is on the Athletics NI website.
Should you require additional information please contact Athletics NI via email firstname.lastname@example.org or on 028 9060 2707.
The UKA Level 1 Officials Qualification allows candidates aged 16 or over to work in one of the following disciplines under the supervision of a qualified UKA Technical Official with a view to becoming a qualified official.
New officials can enter the system at this level if you know which discipline you wish to specialise in or have experience within athletics. The course lasts for approximately 5 hours, and there is no assessment on the day. After completing the course candidates will have a knowledge and understanding in the following areas:
After you have attended the course, you can complete your Level 1 Officials Qualification by:
More information about the Officials Pathway can be found here
27th January 2019 at Bangor Sportsplex- Level 1 Track & Field Online Entry
10th March 2019 at Mary Peter's Track- Level 1 Track & Field Online Entry
To become a licensed Endurance Official you will need to attend a Risk Awareness and Level 1 Officials' course. Both courses will be delivered alongside one another and will take one day.
This course is open to anyone aged 18 or over who wants to follow the pathway to becoming a qualified endurance official.
After completing the course you will have a knowledge and understanding of how endurance officials operate at road and cross country races, the responsibilities of key officials at an endurance event, knowledge and application of the rules of the sport, a working knowledge of the start, course and finish of an endurance event, identification of hazards and risks.
After completing the course candidates will need to gain four recognised experiences at endurance events, operating under the supervision of a qualified UKA Endurance Official. These experiences should be documented and submitted to Athletics NI.
Once an Access NI check has been completed, a Level 1 Club Endurance Officials Licence will then be issued.
30th March at Mary Peters Track- Level 1 Endurance Online Entry
Athletics officials can be Timekeepers, Judges for both Track and Field events, Recorders or Announcers. They can help with marshalling the athletes to the right place at the right time and many other posts which come together during a competition, but as far as Track races are concerned, there has to be a Starter and, ideally, more than one Starter’s Assistant to assist the starter get the race under way in a fair manner to all participants.
It is essential to have a Starter and at least one Starter’s Assistant at every competition
To become a licenced Starter with Athletics Northern Ireland you will need to attend a Level 1 Starters course.
After completing the course candidates will have a knowledge and understanding in the following areas:
After you have attended the course, you can complete your Level 1 Starters Qualification by:
3rd February at Mary Peters Track- Level 1 Starter Online Entry