The English Schools Athletic Association’s season kicks off on 8th May, with the first county level rounds of inter-school competition taking place across the country that week.
Almost 800 schools across the country have entered the ESAA team competitions scheduled for the week of 8th May. The competitions are split across two age groups, for pupils aged under 14 (i.e. years 7 & 8), and those aged under 16 (years 10 & 11). In total close to 2,500 teams will enter the four competitions, which will eventually see representatives from 7 regions, plus the top five performing schools qualify for the final in Oxford on 1st July.
Teams from schools will feature between 12 and 14 athletes, and depending on age, compete across up to seven track and six field events for girls, and seven track and eight field events for boys. Across the whole competition there are 1,181 boys teams registered and 1,242 girls teams registered, with the Junior girls competition seeing the most teams entered of all, with 636.
Coming up in June, the ESAA will also be hosting its events for individual athletes, including the country track & field championships for individuals on 10th June, before county teams are submitted days later for the ESAA Track & Field Championships at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on 7th & 8th July.