Where to Look
Contacts and sources of information include:
Check out the local library and sports libraries or a good bookshop and larger newsagents for books about athletics.
The Young Athlete by Dorling Kindersley is a good introduction for young juniors (ISBN0-7513-5370-1)
Athletics ClubsIf you are serious about athletics, it is worth joining a club. Most clubs accept juniors of all abilities from the age of 11. All clubs are affiliated to a national organisation through a regional association.
The national and regional associations promote and encourage the development of athletics through clubs and schools; each national association has introduced an athletic award scheme. In addition, they support various competitions and ensure coaching is done by qualified, BAF-approved coaching staff.
To find your nearest club, contact the regional association for your area. There are six official regions:
For extra information see On Your Marks: Joining a Club.
Athletics OrganisationsEach country within the UK has its own athletic association or federation. Representatives from each association or federation make up the British Athletics Federation (BAF). BAF is currently being re-organised and the working party hope that a new organisation will be in place for January 1999.
The British Athletic Federation (BAF)
The Amateur Athletic Association of England (AAA)
The Athletic Association of Wales (AAW)
The Northern Ireland Amateur Athletic Federation (NIAAF)
The Scottish Athletic Federation (SAF)
The International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) is the world governing body for the sport of athletics. Visit their website at http://www.iaaf.org/
Athletics LinksHere are just a few of the sites available on the web:
British National and League Records
Scottish Athletics Federation
British Olympic Web Site
The International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF)