25th November 2011
I write to you as Chairman of the South of England Athletic Association with a most urgent message.
We have been instructed by UK Athletics and England Athletics that our annual Senior Track & Field Championships be staged within the England Championships in conjunction with the Midland Counties and North of England areas.
The SEAA believes that there is a need for a stand-alone SEAA Senior Championship as an integral part of an athlete’s progression from Club, to County, to Area, to National level – a clear pathway.
Also this instruction would undoubtedly have far reaching ramifications for our finances and our continued mode of operation in staging competition for the South as we know it.
South of England Championships have a tradition spanning decades, we consider this too valuable to surrender.
Should this occur, how will this affect Southern athletes?
a) The Championships may be staged over 3 days.
b) For many of our Southern based athletes, travelling distances would be far greater.
c) Due to the number of athletes involved there will inevitably have to be entry standards.
d) There may not be an athlete from every Area in a final.
This only refers to the Senior Championships; all other SEAA Age Group Championships will continue as at present.
The Board of the SEAA is anxious to know the feelings and opinions of the very people such a decision would affect. To this end we ask that you indicate your preference as to the following choices:
A A separate SEAA Senior Track & Field Championships
B A combined England and 3 Areas Senior Track & Field Championships
Please complete the enclosed slip and return to SEAA Limited, Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Ledrington Road, London SE19 2BB or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 12th December 2011.