Northumberland Schools' Athletic Association


ESAA TF Cup at Gateshead on Tuesday 17 May 2022 This is for School Teams only & late entries are still available from-

NSAA County Champs are now at Hexham on Saturday, 11 June, 11am to 4pm.

For list of events please click on Dates above



1. In the first instance it is up to the PE teacher to identify athletic talent .... running, jumping, throwing.

2. The PE TEACHER should offer the following pathway, outlined below, to talented pupils.

3. How do the AGE GROUPS work?

They are DIFFERENT to other school sports because the AGE DEADLINE is set at the end of the school year, 31 August midnight. (So an Under 12 rugby player is an Under 13 athlete) BUT we now prefer to use YEAR GROUPS for clarity.

Athletics Age Groups:

  • Year 6 (Minors) and can include Year 5 pupils (but not Y4)
  • Year 7 (Minors)
  • Year 8 (Minors & Junior) - they can compete at both levels
  • JUNIOR - Years 8 & 9
  • INTERMEDIATE - Years 10 & 11
  • SENIOR - Years 12 & 13

4. A pupil, representing their school, should firstly be entered into the District championships.

5. There are FIVE DISTRICTS to cover all areas of Northumberland:


THREE ATHLETES are chosen from each area to compete at the County Championships, except for Newcastle who are allowed 4. In exceptional circumstances districts are allowed to excede those numbers.


  • (Senior) County Championships - Juniors / Inters / Seniors
  • Minors County Championships - Y6(Y5) / Y7 / Y8


ATHLETES COMING FIRST and SECOND in the (Senior) County Championships are automatically selected to represent Northumberland at the INTER COUNTIES MEETING with Durham, Cumbria and Cleveland which normally takes place the following weekend. It is hoped to include North Yorkshire in 2022.

8. IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE INTER COUNTIES MEETING the Northumberland Team is selected to represent the county at the English Schools' AA Track & Field Championships.

Northumberland is rated as a D-county and is allowed to take a maximum of 24 athletes to the championships.

The ESAA publishes ENTRY STANDARDS (ES) for every event and athletes should gain those standards in order to qualify for selection.

9. At the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, at INTERMEDIATE LEVEL ONLY, the first two athletes are selected to represent England at the Schools' International, organised by the Schools' International Athletic Board (SIAB).

10. In some years the ESAA may decide to enter an ENGLAND INTERMEDIATE TEAM into the World Schools' Championships organised by the International Schools' Sports Federation (ISF). This is dependent on two factors: firstly, that school teams must also be entered and, secondly, that the ESAA can financially afford to send a team (which is not always the case when events are at some distance).

11. THE ESAA TRACK & FIELD CUP is completely different to the above. It is a SCHOOL TEAM EVENT and has nothing to do with INDIVIDUAL SELECTION for anything!

Also the TF CUP ages are different too:

  • JUNIOR TEAM - Year 7 & Year 8 -COMBINED
  • INTER TEAM - Year 9 & Year 10 -COMBINED

Performances are scored on a POINTS TABLE (rather like decathlon) and finishing position in an event is not as important.



Age-Groups & Districts: They are the same as for athletics above.

Primary & Year 7 School Team Championships: usually first or second Tuesday in October.

This event is for Boys and Girls who run in separate races at each level - Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6 and Year 7.

The first 10 finishers in the Year 7 races receive a direct invitation to run at the County Championships on the third Tuesday in January. Details are published on the Cross Country web page.

County Cross Country Championships: normally third Tuesday in January.

The event is for Boys and Girls who are representing their districts. The district events normally take place in late November and early December. Usually there are no races for Senior runners who are directly nominated to the County Championships.

Age Groups: Year 7, Junior (Y8/9), Inter (Y10/11), Senior (Y12/13)

Inter Counties Cross Country Meeting: (Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, North Yorkshire & Northumberland)

The top 16 finishers in each race are selected to run for Northumberland at the Inter Counties, which usually takes place on the first Saturday in February. Finishers in places 17 to 20 become nominated non-travelling reserves for the event.

ESAA National Championships

Following the Inter Counties Meeting the Team Managers select six teams, Junior - Inter - Senior (Boys & Girls) to represent Northumberland at the ESAA Championships held in March. Eight runners are selected for each team along with four non-travelling reserves. Selection is at the sole discretion of the Team Managers.

Also two Year 7 teams, Boys & Girls, each of 10 runners are selected for the Year 7 National Finals held at Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire, in March. Team selection is as follows: the first THREE at the County Championship are automatically selected, along with the next SEVEN based on the combined results of the County and Inter Counties races, along with FOUR nominated non-travelling reserves as back up. We hope to renew participation in this event in 2023.

Schools International Cross Country

JUNIORS & INTERS who finish in the top 8 at the National Championships will be selected to run for England (ESAA) in the SIAB meeting against Scotland, Wales & Ireland, normally a week later.

ESAA Schools' Cross Country Cup

Similar to the TF Cup this is a SCHOOL TEAM EVENT and has nothing to do with individual selection.

The Age-Groups are as follows:-

  • JUNIOR TEAM - 6 runners from Years 8 & 7.
  • INTER TEAM - 6 runners from Years 10 & 9
  • SENIOR TEAM (new 2021) - 6 runners from Years 13, 12 & 11.