About UK Athletics

As the national governing body for athletics, UK Athletics (UKA) oversees the development and management of the nation’s favourite Olympic and Paralympic sport, from grassroots right through to podium. Since its inception in 1999, UKA has developed to become the most successful and robust athletics governing body in the world. Over the years it has matured to generate a clear vision for the sport – to drive up performance and raise standards in every event, every region and every age group.

This vision is fuelled by a dedicated team of full-time staff and part time volunteers who all share the same passion and ambition for athletics, and are therefore instrumental in ensuring that athletics remains the most popular Olympic/Paralympic sport. Yet the purpose of UKA does not end at preparing athletes for the Olympic/Paralympic world stage. Not only does it create mass appeal of a truly breath-taking spectator sport through televised events, UKA also plays a fundamental role in developing a “sport for all‟ by encouraging participation no matter what your age, ability or background.

For current vacancies in athletics with the Home Country Athletics Federations, please visit below their respective websites:

What We Do

Together with the Home Nations and England Athletics regions, UKA works closely together with over 1,400 clubs and thousands of schools and local authorities across the UK to grow talent and ensure that athletics remains the nation’s favourite Olympic/Paralympic sport.

Our three primary roles are:

- Governance
UKA is wholly responsible for developing and implementing the rules and regulations of the sport, including everything from anti-doping, health and safety, welfare, influencing the curriculum in schools, colleges and universities to facilities licensing.

- Funding
As a business, UKA is responsible for securing commercial partners and sponsorship to fund and help develop the sport. UKA is proud to be supported by Müller, Nike, the BBC, SPAR, Strathmore and Birmingham City Council, along with additional funding from UK Sport.

- Development
Working closely with the Home Countries, UKA is committed to improving and developing the sport from grassroots right through to podium and we are proud to run a competition structure that meets the needs of athletes at all levels and abilities. Nurturing athletes of all ages and preparing them for the world stage is achieved through continual investment in facilities, clubs and performance centres, developing the finest coaches, working with the very best officials, and offering medical expertise that is second to none.

Our Aims

UKA believes that is important to provide guidelines as to how we are going to achieve our goals and objectives: -

  • UKA's aim is to co-ordinate and support rather than intervene and control and has made all appointments based on competence and skills.
  • As a governing body we should be effective, rather than be driven by political or representative concerns.
  • We aim to have defined and strong links with clubs and athletes.
  • We intend to drive up performance levels in every event, every region and every age group.

Company Values

  • We deliver Quality performance through innovation and continual improvement
  • We all have accountability
  • Communication is timely and relevant to our stakeholders
  • We operate with Integrity
  • Respect is shown to everyone we deal with


  • Membership of Group Personal Pension Plan.
  • Life Assurance cover for a payment to a next of kin of three times your salary in the event of death whilst in employment.
  • Free Private Medical Insurance and Health Cash Plan, after successful probationary period (with option of covering family members at own cost).
  • Free access to a confidential Employee Assistance Programme and innovative wellbeing resource.
  • Sponsor Discount & Kit.
  • Childcare vouchers.
  • Volunteering Days - up to 2 days paid time off a year to volunteer during work hours.
  • Holidays & Flexible Working - 33 days off a year, made up of 25 days annual leave and 8 Bank Holidays.
  • Free on-site car parking.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Long service awards.
  • Event tickets.
  • Employee discount scheme.
  • 5% discount with Enterprise rent-a-car.
  • Employee Wellbeing Centre.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

As the nation’s favourite Olympic and Paralympic Sport, UK Athletics embraces equality, diversity and inclusion both on and off the field of play where everyone can participate and we encourage job applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, religion, belief or sexual orientation. UK Athletics is a Disability Confident Leader and will guarantee an interview to any candidate with a disability who meets the minimum job criteria. Our core values; Respect, Accountability, Quality, Communication and Integrity are at the heart of everything we do and it is our aim to demonstrate a culture of inclusion to reflect the diversity of the sport.

UKA Latest Vacancies

In the result of high volumes of applications, UK Athletics reserves the right to close the vacancy ahead of the stated closing date - please apply early to avoid disappointment. We will endeavour to reply to all applicants but if you do not hear from us with two weeks of the closing date, then please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.