Fact File 55

2016 Athletics Facts

Fact File 55 Intro.

Track and Field Participation 2009 – 2016.

Up till now the funding of athletics by Sport England has been in 4 year cycles with monies being allocated against specific objectives. Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) are often not achieved and contrary to its stated procedures for penalising under performance Sport England has never reclaimed funds from UKA/England Athletics.

Recently Sport England have agreed that from now on UKA/England Athletics can stretch its planning period from 4 to 10 years. This is extraordinary as it will mean that KPI’s will not be checked for ten years. It is a licence for UKA/England Athletics to operate without proper scrutiny for a much longer time period.

Much of what UKA/England Athletics reports to Sport England is regarded as confidential. ABAC has highlighted many times the exaggeration of coach and officials numbers that UKA/England Athletics have been forced to reveal following ABAC FOI requests. ABAC has recorded falling standards across the sport of track and field. It has also quantified the rapid decline in the number of coaches for the specialist technical events. This decline has been apparent since UKA/England Athletics changed the coach qualification requirements in 2010.

The strength of athletics may be judged by the number of athletes achieving defined standards at a given point in time. ABAC has decided to check out UKA’s achievements in developing athlete numbers over the last 8 years (approx the period covered by the last two funding cycles). That is from 2009 to 2016 and does include the home Olympics in 2012.

Rob Whittingham has analysed the annual participation to the Power of 10 levels, event by event, for senior men and women track and field athletes. In Fact File 55 there will be 37 separate event files. ABAC plan to release one of these files every day starting on the 3rd October 2016. The sum total of the information these will provide will give the most comprehensive analysis of the state of our sport yet produced.

When the FF 55 compilation is complete we will be able to judge how UKA/England Athletics have performed in this vital area and to determine whether giving them a free rein for the next 10 years is a good idea.

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