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Welcome to the website of ABAC – The Association of GB Athletic Clubs.

An organisation formed to represent the interests of member clubs in a rapidly changing world of sport.

 

Will the result of the Scottish Independence Referendum pave the way for change for athletics in England? Read

 

Will Cockerell’s  series of articles published in Athletics Weekly highlight all that is wrong with the 2014  coaching pathways.  Read

 

The 2014 statistical review of  British Athletics track and field has just been published by the National Union of Track Staticians. For the first time ever they express alarm at the rapid decline in participation and performance. Read

 

FF26. An analysis of the number of under 20 women track and field competitors in 2013 has led us to conclude that the lower Division YDL meets in 2014 will be sparsely attended. If UKA had analysed  their own stats before changing the 2014 rules this might have been averted. Read

 

FF25: New changes to the weights of implements to be used in future field events will cost the sport more than £100,000 and for no good purpose. Read

 

England athletics is spending £30,000 to tighten up its monitoring of Clubs’ and Networks’ athletes. Read

 

Olympic Legacy. While the average UK  pay rise in the 2012 Olympic year was 1% the 8 UKA Directors were rewarded with an average 35.4% salary increase. Not to be outdone the CEO of UKA increased his salary by 55.2% while his total remuneration soared to £276,594.  Read

 

England Athletics tightens rules to increase athlete registration numbers.  Read

 

FF24. Olympic Legacy Shock. A new study has revealed that 40 percent of the track and field athletes who competed in 2012 failed to record a performance in 2013.Read

EA Compliance letter.  Many athletic clubs are unable to register all their members with England Athletics for various reasons. They should not be worried as the recent EA compliance and enforcement proposals are not lawful.   Read

 

England Athletics is planning draconian measures to enforce athlete registration.  (Click here for linkIf enacted these changes will have serious implications for clubs. ABAC will publish Club’s comments soon.

 

Conflicting reports have been circulating regarding Coach Qualifications and the use of unqualified Long Throws Officials at League meetings. Here are the defining statements supplied by England Athletics.

UKA Coach Qualifications. Click link.

Long throws Officials. Click link.
FF23. Podium Funded Athletes’ performances at the 2013 World Championships.Read

Athletics Coach numbers have been updated following more detailed information from Sport England. Read FF22 here: Read

ABAC has compiled the latest data on the number of licensed officials. Read FF21 here. Read

 

After 4 years attempting to bottom out coach numbers, ABAC has finally received the actual figures from Sport England. ABAC Fact File 20 reports on a deplorable 50% decline in actual numbers over the last 4 years and which clearly contradicts the official figure of 42,465 given by Sport England in February of this year!

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The NUTS statistical review of British Athletics has been published annually by NUTS since 1958 and has faithfully catalogued the progress of British Athletics. The 2013 edition has just been released and contains a new and unique insight into the state of our sport’s demography. Read “The Final Page” here.

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Full Minutes of the EA meeting held on 14th Dec 2012 in London to discuss proposed Affiliation Fees

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ABAC ‘s letter to clubs on fees

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Clubs are invited to post letters relating to the fees debate on this site. Send copies to feesurvey@britishathleticsclubs.com. Click here to see letters from clubs.

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Track and Field Funding crisis deepens.  The looming funding crisis for athletics is already affecting future Track and Field competitions. Read the latest developments.

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England Athletics’ plans to increase athlete affiliation fees has come as a shock to many clubs. Here is our analysis and advice on what you should do. (8th Nov. 2012)

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The Government’s new schools sport plans will require more work from volunteers. Read

 

England Athletics has announced that the role and delivery of its Run In England project is under review following the withdrawal of the management group. Here is ABAC’s assessment of this development.

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Posted on, 19 Jan 2012, “New Coalition plans to boost club links as students shun sport on leaving school.” We comment on the latest Government initiative.

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Several clubs have contacted UKA pointing out that the existing insurance scheme for coaches is inadequate for the new coaching structure. As a result UKA claims it is changing its insurance cover. But is it? Read the details.

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ABAC announces it has commissioned World renowned athletics statistician –Rob Whittingham- to analyse track and field athletics over recent years.

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ARC – The Association of Running Clubs- is getting strong support on the Runners World forum. We reproduce one message here. Also we assess the loss of funding to grass roots sport since the start of UKA’s “Run in England” and other initiatives….

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Run Britain has taken a swipe at ARC. Add to this other recent UKA’s announcements and we see a Governing body looking in not out.

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The following officers of ABAC were elected at the Fourth Annual General Meeting held at the Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Eton on 21st November 2009.

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With the new Coalition Government threatening to merge Sport England, UK Sport and the Youth Sport Trust into a single quango Charles Gains reminds us that the bureaucracy and waste inflicting our sport was predicted.

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In a previous article we criticised the expensive Sport Satisfaction Survey funded by Sport England which concluded that 81% of respondents were satisfied with the state of athletics. Since then ABAC has carried out its own more relevant athletic club survey. Here is -The ABAC Club Survey..

England Athletics announces UKA’s latest coaching initiatives and raises more questions than answers…

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As the number of athletes, volunteers and officials continue to decline, the effect on clubs begins to bite…

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Here are the agreed minutes of the latest meeting between officers of ABAC and England Athletics which clarify several of the latest initiatives by the Governing Body for athletics in England…

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Sport England has published the results from its latest survey aimed at quantifying how satisfied people are with their sport experiences. What do they show?.. Here are the results for athletics together with our views.

The 2009 AGM Minutes for ABAC are now available for member clubs on The Members section of this web site access to which is password protected.

UKA is introducing a new scheme to help young athletes and their coaches. The concept is good but what about its implementation? ABAC comments.. Read

 

Jim Cowan will be outlining new ideas on the strategic future of athletics in the UK after the ABAC AGM on 21st Nov. Here is the Agenda.

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UKA changes insurance cover note excess details.

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UKA’s Insurance cover note for 2009 – 2010 has just been released.

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