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Athletics


Athletics Association of Wales
WA Office
Cardiff Athletic Stadium
Leckwith Road
Cardiff CF11 8AZ
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Website: http://www.welshathletics.org

Date established: 1990

Disciplines: Track and Field, Road Running, Cross Country, Mountain Running (Fell)

Committee Structure: The Athletics Association of Wales (AAW) is governed by a Management Board comprising the Officers of the Association (4); the Secretaries for Officials, Coaching & Development, Track & Field, Road Running, Cross-Country and Fell Running (6); Regional representatives (4); the two Directors of Welsh Athletics (2); a representative from each of Welsh Schools and The Sports Council for Wales (2).

Regional Structure:
For administrative purposes Wales is divided into four regions - North, South, East and West. Each region is administered by a Regional Athletics Board.

Relationship to National Bodies:
Within the overall structure of uk:athletics (UKA, the governing body of athletics in the UK) Wales is classed as a region and is supported as such. However, as a nation in its own right, Wales (and hence AAW) retains a high degree of autonomy while continuing to work in partnership with UKA.
International Relations:
Represented by uk:athletics at Olympic, World and European level.

Publications:
Yearbook, Welsh Athletics Annual

Membership Figures:

1996

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

Clubs

77

73

72

70

68

68

Adult Members

1,954

1,945

2,078

2,158

2,505

2,219

Junior Members

2,089

2,021

1,938

2,018

1,967

1,790


Additional Information

Athletics Participation

Sports Council for Wales participation surveys indicate that there has been a significant fall in athletics participation over the past decade.

Athletics - % Adult Participation (aged 15+)

1993/94

1995/96

1997/98

1998/99

2000/01

2002/03

Male

1.4

1.5

2.2

1.0

0.8

0.6

Female

0.8

0.8

0.9

0.5

0.6

0.3

Total

1.1

1.2

1.5

0.7

0.7

0.4


Levels of athletics participation are highest in Ceredigion and lowest in Rhondda Cynon Taff, Bridgend, Conwy and Swansea. When athletes were asked how many times they had participated in the past 4 weeks the mean was 5.3 times.

Profile of Athletics Participants

There are around twice as many male participants as female. Almost all adult participants are in the 15-34 age group. Participation is spread fairly evenly across social groups B, C and D.

Provision for Athletics

Wales currently has 15 synthetic 400 metre outdoor athletics tracks, as well as the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff which provides excellent all year training facilities. Additional indoor facilities are being developed in Deeside and Swansea. Wales provides superb terrain for cross country and fell running. The Sports Council for Wales natural facilities database contains 46 cross country courses and 55 fell racing sites.