Track Certification: December 2015 Update
From the 1st January 2016 UK Athletics will introduce a new system of athletics facility certification called the UKA Athletics Facility Competition Certificate.
The Athletics Facility Competition Certificate has been introduced to ensure that facilities hosting events and competitions where records and qualifying standards are likely to be set are compliant with the requirements of the UK Athletics rulebook.
UKA Athletics Facility Competition Certificate
Only facilities that intend hosting competitions at permit levels 3, 4 and 5 will require a new UKA Athletics Facility Competition Certificate.
There will be two types of certificate that will be issued:
1. Full: A venue that has a valid measurement and levels survey for the full range of outdoor track and field events.
2. Part: A venue that has a valid measurement and levels survey for some, but not all, outdoor track and field events. Note: Any areas of non-compliance will be noted on the certificate.
Certificates issued under the new scheme will normally be valid for an undetermined period of time. In the event of track resurface/remark UKA should be informed and new measurement and levels survey must be provided. Note: this must be conducted by a recognised track surveyor.
Certificates may be withdrawn, revoked or suspended by UKA if there is reasonable doubt as to the accuracy of any survey or if the facility is altered in any way which materially affects the survey.
Certificates issued under the scheme apply only to the technical suitability of the facility to host track and field competition.
All removable competition equipment such as hurdles, steeplechase barriers, landing mats, stop boards, throwing cages should be inspected before any competition and they do not form part of the UKA Athletics Facility Competition Certificate.
Note: Examples of FULL and PART certificates can be found at the end of this update.
Assessment and awarding of Athletics Facility competition certificates
UK Athletics already holds a large archive of facility measurement and levels survey reports. These have been checked for both validity and compliance with the UKA rulebook and, in January, any facility with a valid survey will automatically be issued with a new Athletics Facility Competition Certificate.
Survey validity checks:
1. The survey must have been carried out after 1st Jan 2000. (Unfortunately pre 2000 survey reports do not include all the data required to assess compliance).
2. The survey must be signed and dated by a recognised track surveyor.
UKA rulebook compliance
All Measurements and levels reported in the survey are checked against the requirements of the UKA rulebook to ensure compliance.
Facilities without a valid survey
Any facilities for which we do not hold a valid survey will be contacted in January and advised of the steps that they need to take. Essentially facilities will fall into one of two categories:
1. Facilities used for training and area/local leagues and medal meetings: Facilities that do not intend hosting competitions at permit level 3 and above will not require an Athletics Facility Competition Certificate so there is no requirement to commission a full measurement and levels survey.
2. Facilities used for National/International Leagues and Championships: Facilities that intend hosting competitions at permit level 3 and above will need to have either a valid IAAF Certificate (Class 1 or 2), or a UKA Athletics Facility Competition Certificate that demonstrates compliance in the events that have been submitted on the event permit application form. For example a Level 3 Hammer Festival would need a certificate that confirms that the venue has a fully compliant Hammer Throwing facility (i.e. cage, circle and infield).
Any facility that intends hosting competitions at permit level 3 or above that does not have a survey or has an invalid valid survey. E.g. a survey dated pre 2000, a survey that has not been signed by a recognised track surveyor, or a survey that predates resurfacing work or significant venue modification; will need to appoint a recognised track surveyor to conduct a full measurement and levels survey. Once this has been completed the survey should be sent to UKA where it can be checked for compliance, after which time either a full or part certificate will be issued.
For further information on the scheme please review the FAQ section below.