OFFICIALS – WHO NEEDS THEM?

WE DO!! Just about anyone who is trying to run an athletics club or organise an athletics meeting needs officials.

Those who become involved with athletics, other than competing, are usually parents whose children have joined a local club. Invariably parents get asked to help out at club meetings by officiating on the track or on the field.

There can never be too many officials at an athletics meeting. The duties are varied. You may think that you know very little about officiating, or that you must sit an exam before you are let loose near athletes but that is not true. Every qualified official had to start somewhere, usually by offering their services at a League or Open meeting. You would not be expected to work alone, but as part of a team. Experienced officials are only too willing to give encouragement and advice to newcomers.

Whether it’s working on the field, judging track races, being a timekeeper or a starter/marksman why not come along to a meeting and ‘give officiating a go’.There is nothing to stop you trying all the different areas of officiating to see which you enjoy the most.