UK Athletics Facilities Strategy 2014-19
It is an exciting time for Athletics in the United Kingdom. The success of the London 2012 Olympic/ Paralympic Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the hosting of the 2016 World Half Marathon Championships (Cardiff), 2017 IPC & IAAF World Outdoor Athletics Championships (London) and 2018 IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships (Birmingham), and the increase in high profile mass participation running events, are all contributing to a burgeoning profile of athletics which presents a fantastic platform for the development of the sport.
Facilities are essential to attracting, retaining and developing athletes of the future. Having the right facilities in the right place will be crucial in meeting growing demand, increasing participation in physical activity and athletics, improving the health of the nation and supporting a new generation of athletes in clubs and schools through to national and world class level.
UKA and the Home Country Athletics Federations (HCAFs) recognise the challenges faced by facility owners and venue operators, and our 5 year Facility Strategy (2014-2019) uses a Track & Field facility model designed to support a sustainable UK network of development, training and competition venues that meet Home Country needs aligned to UKA’s Athlete/Participant Development Model. In addition to Track and Field provision, UKA recognises the huge amount of club activity that takes place on roads, paths and trails and the strategy also maps out a plan for future “running” facilities.
The strategy does not seek to identify priority facilities, clubs or geographical areas. Instead, it provides the direction and guidance that will enable the four Home Country Athletics Federations (England Athletics, Athletics Northern Ireland, Scottish Athletics and Welsh Athletics) to establish their own priorities and deliver the principles of the UKA Facilities Strategy within their own national context.
UKA's 2014-19 Facilities Strategy key outcomes:
•Increased participation across all athletics disciplines
•Increased club membership by providing facilities that support a participation pathway from novice through to club member
•Increased talent pool
•Long term improvement in the development of athletes of all ages and abilities
•Securing the long term future of existing facilities
•More attractive and inspiring facilities for existing and potential athletes
•Improving the athletics experience for all participants
•Improved relationships and interactions between stakeholders, particularly clubs and facility operators