National Athletics League has been successful with applications to World Athletics for licenses for all 2023 Premiership and Championship fixtures. Why are World Athletics licenses so important?
From 1 January 2023, World Athletics will only process results (for all its statistical purposes including World Rankings) which have been achieved in a competition listed in the World Athletics global calendar. NAL Premiership and Championship fixtures have been issued with World Athletics permits, this means for the 2023 NAL season our member athletes are then eligible for ranking lists and points, and qualification to major championships
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NAL 2023 Premiership and Championship fixtures have UKA Level two licenses, whereas National One are Level one licenses. Criteria for the UKA licenses based upon UK Athletics’ guidance document published in December 2021.
Licences will be issued, but we ask organisers to take responsibility for informing both UKA Track & Field licensing and Home Country organisations of any changes that occur through the process of restrictions being eased that will impact and prevent their event from taking place.
Level 1 licences will be issued by the four HCAFs and Level 2 by UKA.
On application to the UK Athletics Licence process, organisers apply for a Level 1 licence, but will be given the opportunity to request consideration for upgrading to Level 2. A history of successful competition at that level, a high standard of competitors, as well as fulfilling all Level 2 licensing requirements is a necessity.
Licence applications should be submitted early, but an absolute minimum notice period of 10 days.
With safety in mind ALL licensed events (both Level 1 and Level 2) must be held at venues that have achieved or are actively working towards TrackMark. For further information on UKA’s TrackMark Facility accreditation scheme visit this link.
Licensed Level 2 competitions involving Hammer, Discus or Weight Throw will only be approved at venues if the throws cage meets World Athletics specifications (i.e. from a cage with a hammer danger zone of no more than 56° and a discus danger zone of no more than 69°).
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Where Level 1 Licence applications include Hammer, Discus or Weight Throw events within the competition and their throws cage has not been formally assessed, an agreement to undertake a risk assessment will be necessary. These events will not be allowed to take place if the cage has failed its safety inspection. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or guidance.