Chelmsford Athletics Club

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IMPORTANT! Proposed arrangements for National Athletics League 2020 (updated)

03 Nov 2019

We have now received details of the proposed combined Men’s and Women’s league for 2020 – the National Athletics League.  Summary information is as follows:

Following an extensive grading process, using athlete performances in club league events during 2019 (including the BAL and SAL), Chelmsford were ranked 28th (out of 40) in the UK.  The overall rankings were then split into the top 16 going into the NAL Premiership, the next 12 forming the NA Championship, and the remaining 12 placed in the NAL Division One.  This means that Chelmsford AC have a place in the NAL Championship (albeit as the lowest ranked club in that division).

The Championship teams have been further split into seeded groups:

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D










Herts Phoenix



Fixtures will then be as follows:

Round 1: 2nd - Crawley

Group A v Group B (Crawley, Bedford, Chelmsford, Havering, HHH, Herts Phoenix)

Round 2: 14th June - Bedford

Group A v Group C (Crawley, Bedford, Chelmsford, Sale, Wigan, Enfield)

Round 3: 4th July - Chelmsford

Group A v Group D (Crawley, Bedford, Chelmsford, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Kingston)

Round 4: 1st/2nd August

To be determined based on results in Rounds 1 to 3, but split into Match A and Match B.

At stake in Round 4 will be:

  • Championship Club Trophy (the overall league winners)
  • Divisional Cups (winners of Match A and Match B)
  • Promotion to Premiership (Match A)
  • Relegation to Division One (Match B)
  • Seeding for 2021


Other Main Points:

  • In the 2020 season, there will be 2 clubs automatically promoted and 2 clubs relegated from each division. From 2021, an automatic 3-up, 3-down principle will apply
  • 6 male and 6 female HCA’s per fixture
  • Exceptional U17’s will be allowed to compete if they have achieved AAA Grade 3 standard
  • Central venues will be chosen where possible to minimise travel
  • Venues with external throws areas will be favoured, so as to minimise length of timetable
  • Travelling clubs must provide 6 officials (1 Track Judge, 1 Timekeeper, 4 Field Judges – with at least one at Level 2) for each match.Five match points will be awarded for each official, with a bonus of 15 points for having all six.
  • Athletes may compete in a maximum of FIVE events (including relays).U17’s are allowed to compete in a maximum of TWO events
  • Points are awarded as follows:
    • A String: 12,10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3
    • B String: 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
  • There will non-scoring events for: 100m, 200m, 400m
  • U17’s are not permitted in the following events:
    • Men: Throws, Steeplechase, 5000m, Hurdles
    • Women: 400m, Steeplechase, 400mH, Shot, Hammer, Javelin, 4x400m


Team Managers Paul Owen and Shirley Quinn will obviously be working hard over the coming months to make sure that Chelmsford AC can be very competitive in the NAL Championship.  Clearly, as the lowest ranked club in the division, it will be very important that all of our athletes are fit and available for as many NAL matches as possible, so PLEASE make a note of the dates above, and work hard on your Winter training, to give Chelmsford AC the best possible start in this exciting new league!