THIS WEB SITE WILL SHORTLY CLOSE DOWN, SHOULD YOU REQUIRE ANY INFORMATION FROM THE
SITE THEN DO SO BEFORE THE END OF JANUARY
As of the 1st January 2013 this league will cease to exist. As you are aware the
league funds will be distributed to member clubs, if you prefer this to be paid by
BACS please ask your club contact to send details to the league treasurer as soon
There are still outstanding costs that the league has to pay, once these are finalised
payment to clubs will commence.
Any queries please contact the league treasurer.
As of 2013 competition will be provided by the UK Youth Development League at www.ukydl.org.uk
“British Association of Track and Field Leagues (BATFL) are honouring the memory
of its former chair Frank Starkie for club officials called the Frank Starkie Memorial
Cup. Nominations can only be made by clubs, who are members of leagues affiliated
to BATFL. Nominees must be a member of a track and field club that competes in “League”
athletics. Citations should draw attention to the nominee’s work for the club or
league as organiser, official, team manager or helper showing the breadth of tasks
and/ or the time they have been carried out. Where the nominee has delivered great
service “against all odds” the challenging circumstances should be described to do
justice to the award.”.
Nominations should be made to Alan Johnson by 31st January 2013. The officers of
BATFL will decide the winner.
Alan Johnson, Secretary BATFL, 6 Fir Tree Crescent, Dukinfield, Cheshire, SK16 5EH
Membership of BATFL consists of all National and regional track & field leagues within
As of the 31st December 2012 this League will close down and be replaced by the UK
Youth Development League…….www.ukydl.org.uk
Annual General Meeting
The AGM will take place at Alexander Stadium on Saturday 3rd November 2012 commencing
at 12 noon, this will be immediately followed by an EGM……Agenda……click here
The last ever final of the NJAL took place on Sunday 9 September at Moorways Stadium,
Derby where Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers took the honours.
Shaftesbury Men and Blackheath Women will represent UK in the European Juniors Club
League Records were achieved by Dina Asher-Smith, Adam Gemili and Oliver Newport.
Full results……click here
Seasons Best Performances……click here
UK Youth Development League
With all the league fixtures completed the 9th September will see the last of the
National Finals before the League is replaced with the new UK YDL.
Information and an application form can be found on UKA web site…….click here.
At the third round meeting of the Northern Premier match at Wakefield, Kirsty Yates
from Team Glasgow broke the women's shot putt record with a performance of 14.94
Two more records were broken at the second round fixtures.
These went to Michael Painter (City of Norwich) in the hammer with a throw of 72.36
metres and Michael Causer (St Helens-Sutton) in the long jump with a leap of 7.50
Congratulations to both athletes.
2012 season starts on a wet note
Due to the adverse weather conditions five matches were called off or abandoned but
the sun finally shone in Windsor and Pippa Woolven broke her own women's steeplechase
record with a time of 4.56.87s and at the Sutton Arena Zac Seddon of Bracknell/Camberley
broke the long standing men’s steeplechase record with a time of 5.48.1s, well done
Track conditions in Rotherham…..here
UK Youth Development League
UK Athletics are holding a series of road shows to introduce the new League which
is planned for 2013.
The new League is aimed to combine the existing National Junior Athletic League and
the UK Young Athletes League.
Download the proposed League Structure…..click here It should noted that changes
to these proposals are taking part and a revised structure will be in place at the
conclusion of the road shows.
To find the nearest road show to you follow the link to UKA web site..http://www.uka.org.uk/competitions/ydl-club-consultation/
29th April, 24th June, 22nd July, 12th August. National Final 9th September
Please note that following the 2011 AGM the timetables have been reviewed, these
can be found in the downloads page.
It was also agreed to incorporate the women’s 1500 steeple chase in all regional
fixtures, where available.
History of the National Junior Athletic League
The National Junior Athletic League was founded in 1989 with 16 men and 8 women’s
teams contesting the inaugural match at Haringey on the 1st May.
The aim of the League was to provide athletics competition for the under 20 age group,
under 17’s are allowed to compete within the older age group. This then provided
the necessary bridge from young athlete to senior.
In the Leagues first season, male and female athletes competed in three fixtures,
and due to the amount of interest created within the athletics circle this encouraged
many more clubs to apply for membership. This then quickly resulted in the formation
of a National Division One and Regional Divisions.
Over the years that followed, and with the increase in membership of the League it
was found that restructuring was going to have to take place.
It was also noted that within the National Division the athletes were having to travel
some long distances to the venues and this was having a detrimental
effect on their performances and in some cases affecting the athletes health.
It was from here that a decision was made to divide the countrywide
competition into the Northern and Southern Regions which would then be
sub-divided into area divisions, each would then support their own Regional Premier
Division for both male and female athletes.
Club teams that finished in top place in the Regional Divisions were invited to a
promotion match, and the teams finishing in first and second would gain promotion
to their Premier Division for the following season.
Teams finishing in the bottom two positions in the Premier Divisions were then relegated
to their nearest regional division.
During the same period, club teams in the two Premier Divisions would be
involved in their own competition. The top four men and women’s teams from each Premier
Division, after the four annual fixtures, would meet in the
National Junior Athletic League’s Grand Final to compete for the title of
National Junior Athletic League Champions.
To win this title also meant that the successful teams would then represent the United
Kingdom in the European Junior Club Cup Competition the following season.
Again due to the Leagues popularity and by the endeavours of the Management Committee
to reduce travel for the member clubs it is time to restructure the League.
2006 saw major changes to the structure of the League.
The country was divided into three, with the introduction of a Midland Region which
consists of a Premier Division and three sub-divisions.
The League also introduced joint scoring, whereby clubs compete as a club and not
as two separate teams. Clubs with only single sex athletes will still be allowed
to compete within the regional divisions but will not be eligible for promotion.
The 2006 season saw some 100 plus clubs enjoying this new innovation in the under
20 track and field athletics, and we are convinced that this is the way forward for
The National Junior Athletic League continues to encourage Junior age group
athletes to remain in the sport. We invite non-member clubs who have a
limited number of Junior members to join with other non-member clubs to form a composite
club and compete in their own right or to compete as a
second claim member of a club already within the League membership.
This League is proud of its achievements in track and field athletics and is looking
forward to an exciting future with the opportunity of making a vital contribution
to the future of the sport.