Gateshead International Stadium

Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd July 2011

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. (further info for AOL users.)

How to get there

You can find all things to do with the stadium from the Gateshead Stadium website.

You can find all things to do with Gateshead from the Gateshead Council website.

Click on the map for a detailed road map of the area and directions. Enter postcode NE10 0EF as the destination to find detailed directions from your own home.

Travel directions: The easiest way to get there from the South, to avoid the slow bit going through Gateshead, is to take the A1(M)north and just after the Washington Services stay in the outside lane following the signs to the Tyne Tunnel. The motorway then drops down a long hill with nice views of the whole of Tyneside, to the end of the motorway. Turn left there onto the dual carriageway (A184), following signs to Gateshead and Newcastle. The stadium is on the right, a few miles along that road.

If travelling from Northumberland, you'll already know how to get there!

Sky TV

This year, once again the Saturday afternoon Finals are to be televised live on Sky Sports.

If anyone has any problem with their being shown on TV, they are advised not to take part - it is not possible to prevent any particular person from being in camera view.

Event Locations

The stadium has undergone changes since this picture was created - the East Stand now has a roof, and there is a new building between the main stand and the south terrace which is still in the process of being built.

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 Championships, it is impossible to hold all field events within the arena. The Hammer and Discus throws will be held in the fields adjacent to the Stadium. See the FAQs page for further details about this.

Timetable of Events

The timetable is available to download.

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 and the timetable.

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: Note that club coaches / family / friends etc. are not allowed in the restricted areas. Athletes are not allowed in the public stand areas. Parents / friends wishing to meet athletes may do so in the open ground areas. Accreditation is limited to ESAA staff and pupil 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 - this includes club coaches, personal trainers etc.


Tickets are available from the Gateshead Box Office Website - scroll down to the 1st July. Tickets are available for the Tyne & Wear Stand overlooking the finish straight, and the South Terrace which overlooks the first bend and High Jump area. The East Stand is reserved for athletes and team managers, but there will also be a facility there for spectators holding tickets to the Tyne & Wear stand so that they can watch the Pole Vault - there are no separate tickets for the East Stand.

Public car parking will be available at Bede School at a cost of £3 - there is no facility to book car parking.

Please contact the Gateshead Event Office on 0191 433 6900 for queries about disabled access facilities.


AdultUnder 16
Tyne & Wear Stand
South Terrace
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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. You can find the rules from the Reference section of the main menu on the left.

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. We aim to update result pages 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 150% 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. 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 in the fields outside the main Stadium. 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.

This year we've successfully introduced a scheme to enable athletes to register their own details online to ensure that their names are spelled correctly - more than 80% of athletes have registered with us this year so their names should be correct here (assuming athletes know how to spell their name!).

Names of all athletes nominated by their County are listed here, please check them for spelling. Our print deadline is 9am Tuesday 21st June.

You have just until Monday evening to check that your name is correct - this information appears in the programme, on TV, on the scoreboard, on tee-shirts, and in the results, so it is in your interest to check these lists NOW.

If you find any error, please use the 'contact us' button on the main menu and give the correct spelling together with your County, age group, and event - but please only do this once. Corrections will be noted and our 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 and we don't have time to update everything online immediately. Any corrections received by Monday evening 20th June should be in time to be included in the programme and on teeshirts. Corrections received after that time are too late for the programme and teeshirts, but will be included in the results / scoreboard / TV displays.

Please DO NOT CONTACT US REPEATEDLY about spelling changes - we don't have time to reply, and we don't have time to update every single file immediately. We get many hundreds of emails at this time of year so please don't overload us with repeated queries. All our files are updated just once to account for all queries received, that might be many days from now.

Click your County to view your team - teams shown in grey haven't declared their team 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 supplier Sportserve.

After the event you can contact them via their website.


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.

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.