Officials Course – Sunday 18th March 2018

28 Feb

An Officials Course will be held at Taunton on Sunday 18th March 2018.If you would like to attend please send in an application form as soon as possible to book your place.  To download the application form please go to the course page at . There is currently no online booking for officials courses yet.

Attendees need to do the H&S/Generic module and at least one of the Level one modules to qualify. These are the approximate times for the course modules:

Sunday 18 March 2018 Health & Safety and Generic Module 10am-12pm MO0323HS South West Castle Sports Centre, Wellington Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 5AU
Level 1 Field Official 12.30-4.30pm MO0323FD
Level 1 Track Official 12-3pm MO0323TR
Level 1 Starter/  Starters Assistant Official 12.30-4pm MO0323SM

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 1+ officials)

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

Bristol & West Athletic Club will pay the fee for anyone from the club who attends the course.

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.

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

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 (which Keith Brackstone can sign off) 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.

 For further advice on officiating for the club please contact the Club’s Officials Secretary – Bev Barrett – at