Level 1 Officials Course – Cheltenham – Saturday 1st April 2017

07 Mar

The Level 1 Athletics Officials course will be running in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire taking place on Saturday 1st April 2017. Anyone who would like to book on should send in an application form as soon as possible. The initial booking deadline is Monday 20th March 2017 where England Athletics will look at the numbers booked on, if there are enough the  deadline may be extended for some of the modules to allow more to book on.

The club is always short of volunteers and new Officials are desperately required to enable the club to put on track & field meetings which meet England Athletics standards, which is essential if the meeting is to secure a permit which is essential if the results are to go on Power of 10. The club will pay for any club members to attend the course: please contact Keith Brackstone to reclaim your course fees.

The application form required to book on to the course is below:

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These are the approximate times for the course modules:

MO0303HS Saturday


10am-12pm Health & Safety and Generic Module South West Prince of Wales Stadium, Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4RN
MO0303FD 12.30-4pm Level 1 Field
MO0303TR 12.30-3pm Level 1 Track


The costs for the courses are:

£30 – Full Level 1 Course – includes Health & Safety, Generic and one discipline module

£10 – Health & Safety Module only – (for current Level 2+ officials)

£20 – Discipline only (for those who have already attended H&S/Generic)


Who should go on this course?

This course is suitable for all new officials from the ages of 14+ to attend (officials can only gain a licence card and DBS from 16+). Candidates work under the supervision of a qualified official in a specific discipline (Track, Field, Timekeeping, etc) before becoming a qualified technical official.


How many days will it take?

One day, with no assessment. (see times above)


What will I learn?

After completing the course candidates will have a knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • Appropriate attire/equipment
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role
  • Ability to follow duty sheet.
  • List events/roles covered
  • Health and Safety
  • Relationships with other officials and athletes
  • Knowledge and application of rules
  • Ability to make quick and correct decisions
  • Presentation and accuracy of result card
  • How to become a club, county or regional official and gain your officials licence
  • Ability to keep the meeting to time (Starter)
  • Positioning at starts (Starter)
  • Voice and clarity of instructions/signals (Starter)
  • Ability to make quick and correct decisions/deal with problems (Starter)


What will I be able to do?

After completing the course candidates will need to gain experience by attending four athletics meetings, operating under the supervision of a qualified UKA Technical Official.  These experiences should be recorded and submitted to England Athletics to show evidence of undertaking a variety of roles.  A DBS check will also be required following which a Level 1 Officials Licence will be issued. By undertaking further experiences and completing a log book, officials can progress to qualify at further levels.