As the national governing body for athletics, British Athletics oversees the development and management of the nation’s favourite Olympic and Paralympic sport, from grassroots through to podium. Since our inception in 1999, British Athletics has developed to become the most successful and robust athletics governing body in the world. Over the years we have matured to generate a clear vision for the sport – to drive up performance standards in every event, every region and every age group. This vision is fuelled by our dedicated team of full time staff and part time volunteers who all share the same passion and ambition for athletics, and are instrumental in ensuring that athletics remains the most popular Olympic and Paralympic sport.The purpose of British Athletics does not end at preparing athletes for the world stage. Not only do we create mass appeal of a truly breathtaking spectator sport through televised events, British Athletics also plays a fundamental role in developing a ‘sport for all’ by encouraging participation regardless of age, ability or background.