England Athletics are holding a Risk Awareness and Level 1 Endurance Officials this Sunday, 20th January at the Shobnall Leisure Centre in Burton-on-Trent (DE14 2BB), starting at 10.00 am.
These courses are put on according to local demand with only a few held each year.
There are two modules: Risk Awareness (10.00 am to 1.00 pm, £10) and Level 1 Endurance (1.30 to 4.30 pm, £20) and you must complete both modules on the day to become fully qualified.
The course is open to anyone aged 18 or over who is willing to work under the guidance of a qualified UKA Endurance Official and wants to follow the pathway to becoming a qualified endurance official.
It is suitable for new officials and current officials wishing to gain the official UKA qualification, insurance and licence card.
On the day, you will learn the following:
- How endurance officials operate at road and cross country races
- The requisite skills to be an endurance official
- Relationships with other officials and athletes
- The responsibilities of key officials at an endurance event
- Knowledge and application of the rules of the sport
- Working knowledge of the start, course and finish of an endurance event
- The tools to do the job
- Risk assessment: reasons why and practical considerations
- Identification of hazards and risks
- The Endurance Officials pathway
- Appropriate attire and equipment
After completing the course, candidates will need to gain four recognised experiences at endurance events, operating under the supervision of a qualified UKA Endurance Official.
Recognised experiences should be documented in the ‘Record of Experiences’ to maintain evidence of undertaking a variety of roles and submitted to England Athletics.
A DBS check will also be required, following which a Level 1 Officials Licence will be issued.
By undertaking further experiences, completing a log book and studying two compulsory modules and one further optional module, club officials can progress to qualify as a Level 2 Endurance Official.