Manchester Invitational Athletics 2021
The Manchester Invitational Athletics will take place on Thursday 27 May at the Manchester Regional Arena. A full programme of track and field events will run from 7pm to 10pm.
Attendance is limited to 1,625 and tickets are £10 for an adult and £5 for a child under 16.
The BASC Committee has agreed that BASC will sponsor awards for male and female outstanding performances of the evening. We look forward to seeing BASC members there.
Webinars on future of athletics in UK
UK Athletics is developing a 12-year plan to support the delivery of Athletics Unified 2020-2032. The new leadership team has embarked on an exciting journey to drive the organisation forward. Consulting with athletes, coaches, officials, spectators and other important stakeholders across the sport is an important part of developing the plan.
In March they held focus groups with stakeholders (which included BASC) to discuss ideas for the future of UK Athletics and now they want to share the insight and themes. BASC members are invited to hear from UK Athletics CEO Joanna Coates and the Executive Team and share your ideas at one of two webinars Details are posted on the UKA website.
New logo and website launched
BASC has a new logo designed to emphasise that we are for athletics supporters. A new strapline emphasises that our members are supporting British athletes.
At the same time, our new website has gone live. The website is a shop window for the club, so the main emphasis is on showing why athletics fans should join the British Athletics Supporters Club. There is still news and information for club members. The construction of the site recognises that more and more people are accessing the internet via their mobile phones, so as well as a responsive interface, it is built for swiping down to view content.
No go Tokyo!
Many BASC members will be disappointed that their hopes of going to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games have been dashed, following the Japanese decision not to allow overseas spectators. Some members may be relieved with so much uncertainty over the Covid-19 situation. Most will certainly understand the decision, which has now been accepted by both the International Olympic and International Paralympic Committees.
With both Olympics and Paralympics still due to go ahead, at least supporters will be able to enjoy the TV and radio coverage.
If you have booked to travel to Tokyo please see our article about your consumer rights regarding refunds.
Summer season ticket ballots announced
BASC has announced that club members will be able to secure tickets for this summer's British Athletics meets through a club ballot. As usual these will be in prime locations. The ballot will be dran before the public ballots.
The reason for these only being available through a ballot is due to the social distancing required for spectators. The ballot for the Muller Anniversary Games (London) to be held on Tuesday 13 July are available from 10 March through the club - members have been notified of details. Tickets for the Muller British Championships on 26-27 June (Manchester) will also be notified to members.