Northern affiliation fees to go ahead
NORTHERN ATHLETICS is going ahead with a new affiliation scheme which will see athletes paying £2 per year.
With the area governing body suffering funding cuts and struggling to survive, the idea was raised last summer and received widespread support from big names such as Jess Ennis-Hill, Jenny Meadows, Ron Hill and Peter Elliott.
Now, after a winter of consultation, which included a favourable vote at the Northern Athletics AGM in November, a decision has been made to press on with the plan.
“Clubs throughout the North have engaged with us from all areas and from all disciplines raising issues, asking questions and coming forward with ideas – and it has been a worthwhile exercise,” says Northern Athletics chair Tony Wood. “A consultation review document was circulated midFebruary confirming that we would go to the clubs with our proposal and ask them to confirm their commitment to affiliate to us in October 2018.
“The scheme in a nutshell is based on each club affiliating by paying us in October 2018 £2 per annum for each of their England Athletics competition registered athletes. Once the affiliation fee is paid then those clubs and their athletes will be eligible to enter Northern championships for the next 12 months.”
Northern Athletics is estimated to have close to 50,000 athletes and Wood continues: “We asked clubs to give their support to the scheme by April 1 so that we could then make a decision as to whether we could go ahead with it. The response from the clubs has been wonderful and altogether overwhelming.
“We currently have over
110 clubs committed to us covering all areas of the North and every discipline, track and field, cross country, road, fell and race walking. We want to thank those clubs who have contacted us so far and allowed us to now make the decision to press on with our scheme.
“More clubs are in the process of making final decisions by AGMs or EGMs so the total we hope will increase as the weeks go by.”
Wood adds: “This commitment to us clearly shows we have made the right call at the right time. Clubs have realised there was a need for all of us to take matters into our own hands to secure our long-term future. This plan will ensure the clubs of the North have a stronger and a more independent voice. It is now our task to retain their confidence in us as we move forward.”
“WE HAVE OVER 110 CLUBS COMMITTED TO US COVERING ALL AREAS OF THE NORTH AND EVERY DISCIPLINE, TRACK AND FIELD, CROSS COUNTRY, ROAD, FELL AND RACE
Chair TONY WOOD
Athletes in the North of England will pay £2 per year in order to help their area competition provider