Scottish Athletics Membership.
This page tries to provide the information you need when deciding whether to become an Individual (personal) member of scottishathletics. If you are already an Individual member of scottishathletics it explains how the 'claim' system works and, if you decide to transfer your 'first claim' club to Falkland Trail Runners, how to do that.
Anyone can become an Individual member of scottishathletics. You don't need to belong to an affiliated club - you just register and pay your £33 'unaffiliated' membership fee. However, as a "Competing Member" of Falkland Trail Runners, your Individual membership of scottishathletics costs only £19.
DO I HAVE TO JOIN SCOTTISH ATHLETICS?
The simple answer is NO.
You can become a member of Falkland Trail Runners without becoming an Individual member of scottishathletics.
In the same way, you can become an Individual member of scottishathletics without belonging to a club.If you join Falkland Trail Runners as a "Competing Member", your membership fee for scottishathletics personal membership comes down from £33 to £19.
WHAT DO I GET FROM SCOTTISH ATHLETICS MEMBERSHIP?
Here are the main benefits:
- you are eligible to run for the club in district/national competitions. - and for Scotland in Internationals,
- when you enter events, you don't have to pay the £2 supplement on entry fees. If you enter more than 8 events a year, this will cover the cost of your scottishathletics membership fee.
- Membership provides a degree of insurance cover through UK Athletics. You can find more information and details of the cover at the UK Athletics web site.
There are other benefits that scottishathletics negotiates with other organisations. You can find a list of these at the membership page of the scottishathletics web site
WILL MY SCOTTISH ATHLETICS MEMBERSHIP NUMBER CHANGE IF I JOIN FALKLAND TRAIL RUNNERS?
NO.Your scottishathletics membership number doesn't have any relationship to the clubs(s) you belong to.
If you are already a member of another club and want to make Falkland Trail Runners your First Claim club, you need to notify scottishathletics.
WHAT ABOUT RENEWAL OF MY SCOTTISH ATHLETICS MEMBERSHIP?
You don't need to do anything right now.
Your membership of Falkland Trail Runners is based on the Club year - 1 April to the following 31 March. Your scottishathletics membership is for 12 months from the date you joined. You just continue to renew your scottishathletics membership as you previously did. If you were previously unattached, let them know that Falkland Trail Runners is now your First Claim club and you will pay the reduced rate of £19.
HOW DOES THE FIRST CLAIM / SECOND CLAIM SYSTEM WORK?
Most people only belong to one club. That would be their first claim club - the one that you normally run for when you enter an event.
If you belong to a second club, it will normally be your second claim club. You can enter any 'open' races - where the competition rules allow for it - under that club. You can't enter any league or championship races under a Second Claim club. And you can't be part of a team for your second claim club in a competition where your First Claim club has also entered a team.
You can find your current First Claim club by going to the Athlete Profile page on the scottishathletics web site. After logging in, the first screen has your personal details. Click "Next" and you'll see your First Claim club at the top of the second screen. You can select a club from the drop-down list.
If you have an existing first claim club and want to change it to Falkland Trail Runners you may need to submit an "Athlete Change of Club" form. The rules on changing your First Claim club are too long to reproduce here. You can find them in Rule 21, sections 3 and 5, of the UK Athletics "Rules for Competition 2016 - 2018 ".