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.
ABAC has analysed the problems surrounding the delivery of next years !AAF and IPC World Championships.Difficulties with the UKA led organising Companies are identified . Breaking news is that major changes have been introduced with just 18 months to go to the big events. ABAC’s analysis.
Following today’s Autumn Statement many Government Departments will be sighing with relief. But a review of sports’ planning and organisation has been promised by The Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch. Here are the main responses from ABAC proposing robust changes. Click here to read our comments. The new plans should be out before the end of the year.
When UKA decided to award the 2016 Indoor Grand Prix to Glasgow they never anticipated that the track at the National Indoor Arena would not therefore be constructed this winter. The loss of the Grand Prix has meant that the leaseholders of the Birmingham Arena cannot afford to re-establish the track which is constructed and demounted every year. The MCAA are not amused.
At a time when clubs are protesting about the proposed expansion of England Athletic’ Affiliation Fees, the P10 website starts to enforce UKA’s powers by refusing to publish some track and field results. It really is club bashing time.
At its 2015 AGM it was agreed that ABAC would offer free membership to clubs for years 2015 and 2016. Click here to register.
ABAC is about to publish a short series of articles and Fact Files on school sport. They will deal with the Youth Sport Trust, Schools Cup and Participation levels. Key to where we are now is the letter Michael Gove sent from the Department of Education to the YST on 20th October 2010.
Last weekend Steve Cram suggested GB Cross Country results should be evaluated against global performances. To get a complete picture ABAC has asked Rob Whittingham to assess how GB Track and Field performances match up to the World’s best. Fact File 29 reports on his study.
In December 2014 ABAC wrote to Sport England as a follow up to its investigations into the Lottery Grant for the Nova Group of Companies. ABAC made the point that this grant would have been better spent supporting Sports Hall and Network activities. the ABAC letter here.
Here is the letter sent by ABAC to Sport England in response to their letter we put on this site recently at their request. We are in receipt of some of the requested information from SE and now feel free to put our response in the public domain.
UK Sport has just announced a new consultation process on funding. Let us hope it is nothing like the recent England athletics consultation on fees which has resulted in fee increases despite being supported by only 0.2% of paying members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
England Athletics is planning draconian measures to enforce athlete registration. (Click here for link) If 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.
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!
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.
Full Minutes of the EA meeting held on 14th Dec 2012 in London to discuss proposed Affiliation Fees
ABAC ‘s letter to clubs on fees
Clubs are invited to post letters relating to the fees debate on this site. Send copies to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to see letters from clubs.
Track and Field Funding crisis deepens. The looming funding crisis for athletics is already affecting future Track and Field competitions. Read the latest developments.
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)
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.
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.
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.
ABAC announces it has commissioned World renowned athletics statistician –Rob Whittingham- to analyse track and field athletics over recent years.
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….
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.
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.
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.
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…
As the number of athletes, volunteers and officials continue to decline, the effect on clubs begins to bite…
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…
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..
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.
UKA changes insurance cover note excess details.
UKA’s Insurance cover note for 2009 – 2010 has just been released.