More than 200 participants from across Europe took part in ten workshops on the first of two working days at the European Athletics Convention in Tallinn, Estonia on Friday (21).
Existing European Athletics initiatives including Dynamic New Athletics (DNA) and I Run Clean were explained and expanded upon for the benefit of Member Federations and others from the European Athletics family.
In 2022, DNA developed from an elite showcase event introduced at the 2019 European Games into a valuable for club and grassroots athletics while speakers discussed the next steps for the I Run Clean anti-doping education programme now that the three-year European Union-funded project period will be completed early next year.
Two workshops also looked at European Athletics’ updated Running Strategy and how to engage this participants in this area of the sport.
Two workshops were given by the European Athletics broadcast partner European Broadcast Union which expanded on its vision of having greater international broadcast exposure for athletics, and how the Member Federations could participate in the process.
Allied to these workshops was an another one on data collection and management, especially with respect to TV audiences.
Additional workshops address the issue of safeguarding in athletics and national athletics committees, emulating the European Athletics Athletes Committee, and also social issues such as the role of refugees in the athletics community and role models as a platform for projecting athletics’ core values.
Saturday will be predominantly devoted to meetings involving specific interest or regional groups relating to Member Federations – including the Member Federations’ Leaders Forum, the annual Nordic Countries meeting, and Athletics Association of Small States of Europe meeting – or organisational areas.
As has become traditional in recent years, the glittering Golden Tracks awards night where the successes by European athletes in 2022 are celebrated brings events at the Convention to a close.
The Golden Tracks award ceremony will be streamed live through the European Athletics website and YouTube channel from 20.00 local time (19:00 CET) and there will be extensive coverage of the award ceremony on the European Athletics website and across our social media channels.