Athlete Information – British Athletics Indoor Championships 2021

Entry Eligibility 2021

Following on from the notification announcing that the British Athletics Indoor Championships will be held on 20th & 21st February 2021 at Emirates Arena, Glasgow please find below the criteria in order to compete at the Championships.

Due to an unprecedented 2020, there are no qualifying standards and invitations are all based on athletes -meeting the “elite athlete criteria” agreed with DCMS and issued in guidance

British Athletics is of course following all Government advice and guidelines to ensure the safety of those involved and engaging in our sport and we continue to work closely with all our stakeholders to get to the best possible solutions.

The official invitation letters will be sent out on 23rd December to athletes who are currently eligible as per the outlined criteria.

To receive an invitation athlete must fulfil one of the following*:

  • Be receiving Funding – either World Class or Futures
  • Be on the Olympic long list (as of December 1st, 2020)
  • A member of the 2019 Doha team
  • Achieved an Olympic qualifying standard (or a European Indoor qualifying standard)
  • Hold a World Athletics ranking quota place (as of December 1st, 2020)
  • Be on the Home countries Commonwealth Games 2022 long list
  • A medallist at the senior British Championships in 2020.

Athletes must also be eligible to compete for GB&NI (i.e., full British passport holder).

*The Head coach in conjunction with the Performance oversight group can at its discretion, in exceptional circumstances add athletes to elite athlete status if it is felt that they are in contention for selection to the European Indoor Championship team.

Please find below the current EVENT days for the British Indoor Championships and the start and finish times on each day. As I am sure you can appreciate, whilst we are continuing to work in an ever-changing environment over the coming months, there may have to be further changes, but we will do our best to keep these to the minimum. We will of course contact athletes individually if an event was to move days.

Event Times 

Saturday 20th – 10:00-1800

Sunday 21st – 10:00-1700

Athlete Invite & Acceptances List

Click here for the link.

British Athletics Indoor Championships Event Days

SUN 200m SUN
SAT 800m SAT
SUN 1500m SUN
SUN 3000m SAT
SAT 60m Hurdles SAT
SUN High Jump SUN
SUN Pole Vault SAT
SAT Long Jump SAT
SUN Triple Jump SUN
SAT Shot Putt SUN
SUN 5k Walk SUN
SAT/SUN Heptathlon/Pentathlon SUN
SAT 60m Para SAT

*Please note the event schedule is subject to change. 


Q) Where can I find current information for British Championship

A) Further event Information and updates will be posted via the British Athletics website – CLICK HERE so please keep checking back

Q) When will a full competitors list be available?

A) A list of invitees will be published in December. Athletes must accept their invitation in order to be confirmed in the Championships. The deadline for accepting your invitation is Midnight (GMT) Sunday 7 February 2021.

Q) What should I do if I believe I have met the eligibility criteria, but do not appear on the list of invitees?

A) Please contact Ian Hodge – / 07711 731370

Q) What should I do if I am among the list of invitees for the British Athletics Indoor Championships, but have not received an invitation?

A) Please contact Kate Channon –  as your contact details might not be up to date on the British Athletics database.

Q) What is the closing date for accepting invitations to the British Athletics Indoor Championships?

A) The deadline for accepting your invitation is Midnight (GMT) Sunday 7 February 2021.

Q) When will I see a timetable for the British Athletics Indoor Championships?

A) We anticipate it will be available on the British Athletics website approximately one month before the event.

Q) Can I enter an additional event during the Championships if I am eligible though have not previously declared my event(s)?

A) No athlete will be able to enter additional events after the declaration date (Midnight (GMT) Tuesday 9th February 2020) has passed or on the Championship weekend.

Q) What competition wear am I expected to compete in?

A) As this event is the British Championships, athletes MUST wear the current vest of their first claim affiliated club, University, County or their Regional or National sponsor vest. The club concerned must be the one which in terms of Rule 2 (6) caters for that particular discipline of athletics. There will be no exceptions.

Q) Is the British Athletics Indoor Championships an Open or Closed Championship?

A) The British Athletics Indoor Championships is a Closed Championships so only athletes eligible to compete for Great Britain & Northern Ireland can compete.

Q) How do I obtain tickets for my friends and family to watch me at the British Athletics Indoor Championships?

A) Under current restrictions, the event will be held behind-closed-doors. However, it will be streamed on with more information available nearer to the event.


Certain athletes will be eligible in two (or more) events and may only see their name listed in one. This is because we offer you what is assumed to be your preferred event but we are agreeable to switch you to another if you so wish.