Four broad categories:
Championships held at county, region and national level. Some may lead to team selections and further competitions e.g. Inter-counties, some will have entry criteria but it is up to the individual to enter and pay entry fees. Championships are held for both individual events and combined/multi-events. South of England and England Championships hold both outdoor and indoor championships.
Athletes are encouraged to discuss their plans with their coaches, who will advise whether an athlete is ready to compete in these. This is particularly important if the athlete is new to athletics and there are no published entry standards
Entry and initial selection is through the school and is focused on selection for school, district and then county team selection. If selected there are also inter-county competitions. It can lead to representing England at a home international competition.
Team are selected by team managers and participation is free to registered to club members,subsidised transport is provided for all non-local league meetings.
Wessex League, development league for Quad kids U11 and age groups U13 to U17
Youth Development League, U13 to U20 separated into lower Age Group U13 & U15 and Upper Age Group U17 & U20. Tends to be a higher level of competition than the Wessex League.
Southern Athletics League (SAL): Regional mixed senior league, U17s and U20s can compete, but only senior weights (throws) and heights (hurdles) are used .
National Athletic League: National senior men’s and women’s league for U20 and seniors. U17s can compete at the discretion of team management if they meet the senior AAA Grade 3 standard. Senior weights (throws) and heights (hurdles) are used. Tends to be a higher standard of competition than the SAL and selection is based on performance.
Open meetings, competitions organised by clubs, entry fees apply and individual entry only, some have closing dates and no late or entry on the day. Information obtained from viewing local club web sites or http://www.openmeetings.co.uk/
Open meetings are a good introduction to competition for new athletes. They also provide an opportunity for athletes to get an official performance (time, distance, height) for events if they want to be selected for the league teams.