Sheffield Don Valley Stadium

Friday 10th & Saturday 11th July 2009

Preliminary information

This page will be updated regularly in the run up to the Championships - depending on how your browser is set up you may need to click your refresh button to get the latest additions.

Live Sky TV

Following the success of last two year's live broadcast on Sky TV, this year Saturday's events will be broadcast live in the afternoon from 2pm to 6pm. This year we're planning on having a big screen TV display on site again so you can see what is being broadcast live.

How to get there

You can find all things to do with Don Valley from the website.

The Don Valley Stadium is clearly signposted from Junction 34 of the M1 - about 2 miles. You can find a map at - which also shows the location of the Woodburn Stadium just to the South West of the main arena. For Sat-nav users, the postcode for the stadium is S9 3TL.


The main stand at Sheffield is vast and split into upper and lower tiers. County teams will be allocated in the top tiers, leaving the lower tiers available for the public. Tickets give access to the main stand and all other viewing areas around the ground. There are no 'ground only' tickets.

Tickets are available in person at the Arena, through the credit card hotline on 0114 256 56 56 and online at Sheffield Arena website. Sheffield's online system has no facility to choose which seats are allocated, so it might be better to phone the hotline.

The Arena Box Office is open to personal callers from 9am - 6pm Monday to Saturday. Sunday opening times do vary, please call the box office before you travel to check the current opening hours.

Seating block numbers are shown above in yellow, field event locations are shown in blue.

Ticket prices

School Groups50p per person£1 per person
Pre-booked tickets can be collected from either the Sheffield Arena, Sheffield Theatres or Sheffield City Hall. When collecting pre-booked tickets they can only be collected by the credit card holder who must sign for the tickets and present the card with which they have ordered the tickets. Tickets cannot be posted outside of the United Kingdom - anyone with a credit card registered at an address outside of the UK must collect their tickets from the venue and present the credit card in person in order to issued with the tickets they purchased.

Tickets available on the days of the event are cash payments only.

Event Locations

Some events on Friday will be run concurrently - the back straight will be used to run some of the sprint and hurdles heats at the same time as other events on the front straight.

Because of the size of the event, it is impossible to hold all field events within the arena. Some of the long throws will be held in the Woodburn Track about 800m to the west of the Stadium.

We already know very well that this is not ideal so please don't contact us to complain - we regularly get complaints about long throws always being outside of the main arena but it is quite simply impossible to incorporate all events inside the arena within the 2 days available to us. A very detailed explanation of the problems we face is given on the FAQs page. This situation won't ever change so long as we still have 6 age groups competing in just 2 days - please read the FAQs page for the calculations!

Timetable of Events

The timetable is available here in PDF format.

All competitors will be issued with the full printed programme which will be on sale at the Championships. It is the ESAA policy not to publish the full programme on the website - sales of programmes with the sponsors' advertising they contain are a major source of income without which the Championships could not be held.

Please see the FAQs page for further details and answers to many other Frequently Asked Questions about the Championships.

Official Accreditation

Everyone at the event must carry either an accreditation pass, or a ticket. Anyone else will be refused admission to any area. Only officially accredited persons are allowed in restricted areas. Restricted areas include the following: Athletes are not allowed in the public stand areas unless they also have paid for a ticket for that area. Parents / friends wishing to meet athletes may do so in the open ground areas. Accreditation is limited to ESAA staff and assistants, County team managers and their stewards, competing athletes, reporters from recognised press organisations, and officially appointed photographers. All others are required to buy a ticket.

Competition Rules

Please read the Competition Rules for information about weights, distances, heat and lane draws and all other things to do with the way events are run. You can find the rules from the reference section of the main menu. There are two sets of rules: General Rules for all competitions, and Rules for Track & Field Competitions, you need to read both sets.

Please see the FAQs page for further details and answers to many other Frequently Asked Questions about the Championships.

Permissible Clothing

The ESAA Competition Rule 7 [i.e. that applies to ALL ESAA competitions] on page 62 of the ESAA Handbook states:
  1. In all Championships competitors must wear at least vest and shorts (or equivalent clothing) in registered County Colours which are clean and so designed and worn, as not to be objectionable even if wet. All visible clothing must conform with registered County colours.

To deal with some specific queries therefore:
  • Cropped bra tops are not vests by definition and therefore not permitted. Vests by definition must reach the waist at least.
  • Shorts or briefs (in county colours) are the norm for girls. Similarly cycle type lycra shorts, as long as they are shorts and not leggings, are permitted, but only if they are in the registered County colours (not just an approximation of the colours).
  • Leggings by definition covering the leg below the knee, and body suits, are not vests or shorts and are therefore not permitted.
The main problems in the past have been the wearing of cycle type shorts that are not in County colours, and worn under the correct coloured shorts but clearly visible. This especially applies to the boys where the cycle type shorts are longer that the County shorts. However, if the shorts are the lycra type and do not cover the knees then these are allowed, as long as they are in the registered County colours (ie. the same colour as the County colours, not an approximation to them). The pictures here indicate the sort of clothing that will result in athletes not being allowed to compete.

With the meeting being televised this year, County team managers have been warned that ESAA will 'pull' athletes from an event if incorrectly attired.


Results from the Championships appear on the website during the course of the competition. Links to them will appear in the menu on the left. Result pages will be updated approximately every two hours or so, but since this can only be done use mobile phone internet connections this cannot be guaranteed. AOL users won't be able to see updated results pages due to the way AOL operates their own page cacheing system - see the further info for AOL users.

PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO CONTACT US during the competition days. This is for a number of reasons:

  1. We won't have time to read or respond to mails during the days and evenings of the competition - we will be fully occupied in running the event results systems and ensuring that the live TV is maintained with up to the second information.
  2. We are running from relatively slow mobile phone internet connections - any messages sent to us will simply clog up our ability to update results.
  3. The sort of queries we get are usually in the form
    • when will the results be published?
    • did our bart/lisa/kyle/wendy get into the final?
    • Which semi-final is our bart/lisa/kyle/wendy in?
Any and all queries like that will be deleted without replying.


The circular track is an eight lane 400 metres track with 10 lanes in the finish straight - only 8 lanes will be used. All track events will be held on the main arena. Some hurdles heats will be held on the back straight on Friday morning, running in the same direction as those on the front straight (ie. from 200m start to 300m start) - they are denoted BS in the timetable.

The Pole Vault will be located in the main arena on the back straight, along with Javelin, Shot, and Long/Triple Jump and High Jump competition sites. Discus and Hammer will be located outside the main Stadium as well as additional High Jump and Long Jump areas. The presentation for the first 3 in all events will be in front of the main stand box. Vaulting poles will not be provided. Starting blocks will be provided for those events where they are permitted and only these starting blocks will be allowed. Starting blocks may be used by Senior Boys and Senior Girls in all rounds, and in Finals only by Juniors and Intermediates.

The maximum length of spike for all track events is 6 mm, and 9mm for the field events.

Throwing equipment will be provided for all events. Competitors may use their own implements, subject to the implement being approved by the Field Referee. (ESAA Track and Field Competition Rule 29). Please note that any individual athlete may submit no more than two implements for approval. All personal equipment should be adequately insured. The ESAA insure all equipment during the actual competition but this is not a ‘blanket cover’ for the whole championships.

Entry List of Athletes

Every effort is made to be accurate when typing athletes' names but inevitably some mistakes occur from time to time as names are passed on via many different people before they reach us. Names of all athletes nominated by their County will be published here from Monday June 22nd as entries arrive from Team Managers.

Please check that the spelling of names is correct as this information appears in the programme, on TV, on the scoreboard, on tee-shirts, and in the results.

If you find any error, please contact us and give the correct spelling together with your County, age group, and event - corrections will be noted and our live event files will be modified accordingly, but because of the high volume of other mail we get in the run up to the Championships we don't have time to acknowledge each mail individually.

Any errors reported before midnight Friday 26th June will be in time to be incorporated into the printed programme and on the teeshirts. Errors reported after that date will be corrected and will appear in the results, on the scoreboard, and on TV.

Click your County to view your team - counties shown without a link have not submitted their entries yet.
Avon,    Bedfordshire,    Berkshire,    Buckinghamshire,    Cambridgeshire,    Cheshire,    Channel Islands,    Cleveland,    Cornwall,    Cumbria,    Derbyshire,    Devon,    Dorset,    Durham,    Essex,    Gloucestershire,    Gtr Manchester,    Hampshire,    Hereford & Worcestershire,    Hertfordshire,    Humberside,    Kent,    Lancashire,    Leicestershire,    Lincolnshire,    London,    Merseyside,    Middlesex,    Northamptonshire,    Northumberland,    Norfolk,    Nottinghamshire,    North Yorkshire,    Oxfordshire,    Shropshire,    Somerset,    Staffordshire,    Suffolk,    South Yorkshire,    Surrey,    Sussex,    Warwickshire,    West Midlands,    West Yorkshire,    Wiltshire,   

Not Selected for your County team?

Over 1700 athletes are entered in the National Championships each year, but at least 2 or 3 times that number will probably be disappointed not to have been selected. PLEASE don't contact us to complain that you, your Bart, Lisa, Kyle, or Wendy, didn't make your County team. Team selection is entirely in the hands of each County Team Manager and the ESAA has no say in how or why teams are selected as they are. Sorry...but we simply cannot respond to hundreds of e-mails - please read the FAQs page which answers all the frequently asked questions.
In particular, please note that teams are strictly limited in the number of athletes they can select, and that ESAA entry standards are for guidance to team selectors - they are not trigger points for automatic selection. A full explanation of selection procedures and limitations is given in the FAQs page.

Team Travel Arrangements

The Championships are a team event, not an event for individuals. Athletes must travel with and remain with their team for the entire duration of the Championships. It is not permitted for them to travel with parents or others, nor to leave the team accommodation facilities. Athletes are under the care and control of teachers throughout the Championships. Further details relating to competing in ESAA events can be found in the Notes for Parents document.


Athlete accommodation is normally in hotels or University Halls of Residence, supervised by their team managers - the exact location will be contained in the the letter which will be sent to each team member by the County Team Manager.

These facilities are not open to the general public / friends / family. Athletes must remain with their team at all times - failure to comply with this rule will lead to disqualification from this event, and possibly future events too.

Official Merchandise
ESAA event tee-shirts, sweatshirts, and other items will be available at the event from our official suppliers Inprints/Sportserve.

After the event you can contact them via their websites.


Photographs of ESAA events are published in the athletics press, local media, on this website, and this year on live TV. All ESAA photographs are taken in accordance with the guidelines relating to photos in schools published by the Information Commissioner with regard to the Data Protection Act 1998.

Photographs and videos can be taken by the public from public areas for personal use only. They may not be published in any form (including personal or club websites) without written permission from the ESAA.

Photographers at ESAA events wishing to publish photos in the media or in any other form (eg. internet websites), or wishing to use them for anything other than personal use must be officially registered and accredited by the ESAA. A list of officially accredited photographers will be published on this website shortly after the event along with their contact details and details of how to purchase their photos.

This year, our web host will also be publishing photos which will be available to buy online - we can email you the original images.

Access to competition areas for the purpose of taking photographs is restricted to ESAA accredited photographers only. This rule will be strictly enforced.

It is not possible to prevent photographs of any particular individual from appearing in the media, nor on TV since the event is to be televised live. If this is a problem for you, you are advised not to take part in the event. If any parent wishes a particular picture of their child appearing on this website to be removed please contact us and we will do our best to resolve any problem.