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Competitions Review - Age Groups Announcement

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23 April 2008




UK Athletics' (UKA) review into the structure and systems of competition for youth and junior athletes has concluded and Jack Buckner has presented his initial recommendations to UKA Chief Executive Niels de Vos and to the new CEO Policy Forum comprising the four Chief Executives of the Home Countries.

The final step prior to finalising and publishing the conclusions of the independent review, was to collate the results of the nationwide club survey into the suggested revisions to the current age groups.  The results of this survey indicate an overwhelming desire amongst the UK’s clubs to retain the existing age group system, therefore there will be no proposal to change or amend age groups for the 2008/09 season or beyond.

The CEO Policy Forum will now consider the competition specific recommendations within the Competition review with a view to publishing a shared way forward document in July.

UKA Chief Executive Niels de Vos commented:

“When we look to make important changes in the sport it is important to consult and to listen to our stakeholders.  When I took up my post last year I had a bulging post bag from clubs opposed to the suggested age group changes, and a fear that they would be imposed unilaterally.  This was never the intention – the competition review was an independent review commissioned by UKA to consider the options open to the sport, for clubs to consider and respond to.”