Entry: via school
THE SCHOOL COMPETITION PATHWAYS IN SURREY
TRACK & FIELD and CROSS COUNTRY pathway for Secondary Schools
The schools competition structure for Surrey follows the national structure, which includes District**
Competition, County Schools Championships, Inter-County Championships and English SchoolsChampionships.
Every athlete must follow this pathway. For example, without entering the Stage 1
competition, an athlete cannot enter the English Schools Championships. (Stage 2a is the only optional
section of the pathway.)
**District refers to the groups of schools listed on page 7 of this Guide. The reformed districts are a combination of
School Sport Partnership schools, independent schools and FE/HE colleges.
LOCAL STAGE 1 – DISTRICT COMPETITION
The athletes that compete in this competition are selected by their teachers. Each secondary school should
enter a team and the athletes represent their school. This competition is usually run by teachers, with
assistance from young leaders and community coaches/clubs where possible. The events should be
organised by on rotation by a sub group made up of teachers from a number of schools within the district.
Recommended Selection Process – All Districts are strongly encouraged to run their local event as a
selection process for the Surrey Schools (County) events. Further details on entry deadlines and events
dates & venues can be found on pages 5&6 . Selection Criteria, entry forms and district team members can
all be found at www.ssaa.org on the relevant District page.
COUNTY STAGE 2 – SURREY SCHOOLS COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
The athletes that compete in this competition are selected from their District competitions. Each District
enters a team and the athletes represent their District at their chosen event. An athlete can only enter one
event. This competition is organised by the Surrey Schools Athletic Association.
District Support at County Events – Each District will be assigned a specific role at County events and are
therefore required to provide an adult volunteer to both Cross Country & Track & Field competitions. It is
suggested that this is done on a rotational basis amongst all the schools within the District Group. Please
note, these volunteers are in addition to your District Team Manager who will organise the team on the day.
STAGE 2a - SCHOOLS INTER-COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Athletes from each event in the Surrey Schools County Championships should go on to compete in the
Regional County Championships. They are selected as a result of their performance at the Surrey Schools
Championship, or by Surrey Schools Managers based on knowledge of previous performances. Each
athlete represents their County. This competition is organised by each competing county on a rotational
NATIONAL STAGE 3 - ENGLISH SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Surrey Schools Athletics Association selects the athletes that compete in this competition. Each athlete
must have achieved a qualifying standard, which has been set nationally to be considered for selection and
there is a limited squad size per County. This qualifying standard can be achieved in any of the above
competitions and it can also be achieved in a recognized club competition in the same Track & Field
season. Athletes wishing to be considered for selection at English Schools level should have competed in
the Surrey Schools Championship, representing their District. Under exceptional circumstances athletes
who have missed the Surrey Schools due to International Duty or injury who are proven athletes will be
Every county across England enters a team and the athletes represent their County.
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