Q: What is the Race Agency Service?
A: This service allows British Athletics to act as a race agent for athletes on the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) who do not as yet have their own agent. The aim of the service is to enable athletes to access appropriate European competition opportunities. These high quality competitions can make a significant impact on an athlete’s performance levels, increase competition experience and may also enable athletes to meet championship qualification standards at planned times of the year.
Q: Who is the Race Agency for?
A: The Race Agency service is for WCPP (Podium and Development) athletes who have not signed up with their own race agent. Occasionally even athletes with an agent struggle to get a place in a key event; in this case the Race Agency can also help out.
Q: How do I access the service?
Only Peter can approve a Race Agency event for you. Athletes and coaches can approach Ian Hodge directly to plan competitions, however nothing will be confirmed, booked or paid for without Peter’s approval.
Once you have agreed a competition, a member of British Athletics HQ staff will contact you to make specific arrangements (e.g. flights, contact details, etc.)
Q: What will the Race Agency service do for me?
Q: Can I take my coach with me?
A: Normally the answer is no, however this may be possible for very young or inexperienced athletes. NB: NORMALLY THESE ATHLETES’ COACHES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STAY IN THE ATHLETES’ HOTEL. In this case we will book a separate hotel on the coach’s behalf. If you need your coach to accompany you, ask Peter Eriksson in advance.
Q: What percentage of my prize money does the Race Agency take?
A: None. Should you win any money it is yours to keep.
Q: How many times a year can I use the Race Agency?
A: We will arrange up to two Race Agency events per athlete per year.
Q: Can I access more than two competition opportunities through this programme?
The competition (Race) Agency budget is limited and so we are restricted to helping you for a maximum of two events. However you may be able to use the Additional Programme Budget to pay for more competitions. Ask Peter Eriksson well in advance if you need more than two competitions.
Q: Can I fly from my local airport?
A: In general British Athletics will book your flights to the main local organising committee (LOC) airport, where someone from the LOC will meet you and take you to the competition or hotel. Often we will do this on scheduled flights (not budget airlines). This may mean that you will need to travel to one of the main UK airports rather than your nearest local airport. We do this because we know from experience that it makes it much easier to fix travel issues that occur occasionally (for example if airplanes are late, or if you need to change your plans due to injury).
Q: What happens if I change my mind and don’t travel to a competition booked for me?
A: If you cannot travel to a Race Agency competition due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. a late injury verified by WCPP doctors) then British Athletics will absorb all of the costs. However if you simply miss a flight, arrange an alternative competition or simply decide not to compete – you will have to refund all expenses incurred by British Athletics (including the flight costs).
Q: What are the best contact details to use?
Peter Eriksson 07841 503895 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Hodge 07711 731 370 email@example.com
For any other questions contact:
Pauline Holmes 0121 713 8425 firstname.lastname@example.org