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Dates for 2021

The future of the 2021 Cup is still in the balance depending on how coronavirus restrictions progress. If it is possible to go ahead with the competition, the following dates will apply:

First Rounds : Tuesday 4th May to Friday 21st May.
Regional Finals : Tuesday 8th June to Friday 18th June
Cup Final : Saturday 3rd July

Cup Final Location

Still to be determined

Age groups

Juniors (under 14)
Intermediates (under 16)


Entries will still need to be made by participating schools so that we can tell who wishes to take part. Entries will now not open until March 1st and will close ABSOLUTELY on March 31st. Absolutely no late entries will be permitted. We will send out multiple email reminders to teachers and schools about the closing date.

Entries must be made and paid for online only. Click the Online Entry Form button on the left when entries open in March.

Schools who entered last year's competition will have last year's entry fee carried over to the 2021 entry as follows:

  • If your 2021 entry costs the same as last year you'll have nothing to pay for your entry
  • If your 2021 entry costs more than last year's entry you'll only need to pay the difference
  • If your 2021 entry costs less than last year, you'll have nothing to pay for your entry and the amount remaining from last year's entry will be carried forwards to subsequent entries in either the XC or T&F Cup competitions.

If you entered last year, but don't want to enter in 2021, we can't refund entry fees for the 2020 competition. This is due to the immense cost in time and money to do so, the fact that many payment cards will already have expired, and also because financial reasons linked to Brexit make it likely that we may need to change our current online payment processor and thus lose the ability to refund to the orginal cards. This is because our current provider is moving from the UK to the EU which will make our VAT administration unnecessarily more complex.

We have modified the online entry system so that schools' entry fees are now held in an account for the school. This account can be used to pay for either the next Cross Country Cup, or the next Track & Field Cup.

Entries Close

Midnight, 31st March 2021

Changes to be made from 2020

  • Intermediate Girls teams increased from 12 to 14 athletes
  • Regions increased from 7 to 8 - London North added
  • London North is now Herts, London, Middlesex
  • South East is now Kent, Surrey, Sussex
  • Leicestershire moves to North Midlands
  • Gloucestershire moves to Midlands

The ESAA Track & Field Cup is a competition between school teams

For 2021, due to the uncertainty about what might be possible, we are asking County Secretaries to make enquiries about booking tracks if they haven't already done so. We suggest that they book the number of tracks based on entries over the last 3 years in their county / region. Some tracks are prepared to accept a tentative booking and pencil in the dates. At this stage we ask you not to pay any money to secure a booking. If the track won't entertain this then leave it and possibly look to book elsewhere. We are asking County Secretaries to do this before the end of December if possible, but certainly by mid January 2021.

We will be opening up the online system so that Secretaries can allocate entries to competitions before the closing date and make it possible for them to use the online emailing facilities to contact schools who entered in previous years to that they can keep in touch more easily.


Each school can enter one team in each of the following age groups:
  • Junior Boys (at least 12, but under 14 years)
  • Junior Girls (at least 12, but under 14 years)
  • Intermediate Boys (at least 14, but under 16 years)
  • Intermediate Girls (at least 14, but under 16 years)
Ages are as at 31st August at the end of the school year in which the competition is held.
Normally Juniors are years 7 & 8, and Intermediates are years 9 & 10.

The competition is held in 3 rounds

  • Preliminary rounds are held between teams within each County - there may be a number of competitions held within each County depending on the number of teams entered.
  • The highest scoring teams in the first round competition progress to one of 7 Regional A Finals, and all other qualifiers progress to Regional B Finals.
  • The leading team from each Regional A Final then progresses to the Cup Final, together with the 5 highest scoring teams from across the Country.

Teams comprise 12 athletes for Junior Girls, and 14 athletes for Intermediate Girls, Junior Boys, and Intermediate Boys. Each athlete may do no more than two events: one track and one field event; one track and the relay; one field event and the relay. All teams MUST have a relay team. Competitions are scored on a points basis where better performances gain more points.

Entering teams, and all event administration, is done online.

All details will be available online - download the information, rules, and awards details from the menu on the left when these are finalised towards the end of February.