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2021 Track & Field Cup

24th February: further to previous announcements, entries for the 2021 Track & Field Cup have been delayed an extra week and now won't open until 8th March to coincide with date for schools to re-open. Entries will close on 31st March, we can't allow any entries after then because the time to organise events is already very limited.

In light of the 'roadmap' to exit Covid-19 restrictions which was published on 22nd February, the ESAA is waiting on a UKA statement to ascertain when tracks will be accessible which will have a considerable impact on County and Regional rounds. Further information will follow once UK athletics governing bodies have released a timescale for a planned return to competition.

We are still continuing to update our database of email contacts for teachers and schools but due to the large number of changes we've identified it has not been possible to email everyone as we'd hoped to do in January.

We've had little or no direct contact with key teachers over the last 12 months so a lot of the updates which would normally have been notified to us during that time have not been made. Usually most of these updates would be done online by teachers themselves during the course of competitions, but that hasn't happened.

For interest, in the last 12 months over 1200 secondary schools have changed their name and/or become an Academy, and/or changed their email domain name. This means that around 20% of the secondary schools in our database need to be updated with new email addresses for school offices, and perhaps two, three, or more teachers' contact details need to be checked at each school too.

To help with this, we're currently working on enabling teachers who have previously entered either the TF or XC Cup competitions sometime during the last few years to be able to login to update the contact details for their school and the teachers in charge of teams. It is essential that we don't lose touch, so logging in will be possible without needing to have a valid competition entry this year.

Further details will be published here in due course. Please check the website regularly for updates, full details are on the T&F Cup page

2021 Cross Country Championship

14th January: Sadly, due to the worsening Covid situation, the ESAA has now had to cancel this year's XC Championships which were due to take place in March. Full details and preliminary information about a replacement Virtual XC Championships are on the XC page

Combined Events and Walks

22nd September: Following on from the success of the Virtual Track & Field competition in July, a Virtual Combined Events and Race Walks competition was held from 20th August to 20th September.

The results are now in. Many thanks to all those athletes who entered and the coaches and parents who have supported their athletes through these uncertain times. It is very encouraging to see entries from a total of 22 different counties and thanks must also go to the County Team Managers and Regional Coordinators for supporting this initiative. Under the circumstances there were many excellent performances across the age groups and events and the organisers are delighted that so many took the opportunity to compete - albeit virtually.

Click the Combined Events & Walks picture box for full details and results.

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Cross Country Cup

2nd September: Sadly the ESAA have now made the decision to cancel this year's Cross Country Cup competition.

It is increasingly clear that it will not be possible to transport pupils across Counties to compete in mass gatherings, and feedback from schools indicates that they will be too busy trying to catch up with lost teaching time anyway.

Existing entries will have their entry fee held over to be used to enter next year's Track & Field Cup or Cross Country Cup.

Click the Cross Country Cup picture box for all the details.

The Athletics Museum launched

15th August: Telling the stories of athletics - everybody can set a personal best.

English Schools’ Athletic Association and The Athletics Museum are pleased to announce that their online exhibition is now live at www.theathleticsmuseum.org.uk.  Following the cancellation of the English Schools Championships, the proposed physical exhibition that was to be displayed there has been moved online.

  The first online exhibition traces the history of the English Schools’ Athletics Association (ESAA) championships; stories and anecdotes from participants, archive material from its inauguration in 1925 up to the modern day, and past champions and athletes who have gone on to achieve further success, in both track and field and 16 other sports. There’s also a look back and indeed forward at Tokyo 1964, 1991 and 2022.

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Virtual Track & Field Championships

25th July: Certificates are now available for those athletes who took part in the Virtual Championships. Emails have been sent to the addresses given when you made your entry, please check your spam box because some providers can incorrectly treat our mail as spam.

Once you've got your email, go to the Track & Field page, click Certificates and follow the instructions there to download your certificate as a PDF file.

Results from the Virtual Championships are now available, click the Track & Field picture box.

Some results appear to have been achieved outside of the competition week 5th to 11th July so they are listed separately together with a few results of events which were submitted but which aren't included in the Chmmpionships for the relevant age group.