This statement issued on behalf of Len Steers, Chair of NAL.

Following discussions with Board Members it has been agreed that the 1st NAL fixtures due to take place at various venues over the weekend of Saturday & Sunday 2nd & 3rd May 2020 are now all CANCELLED.

The decision is in line with guidance provided by the UK Government, UK Athletics and the National Governing bodies of England, Scotland and Wales.

The NAL will continue to monitor and review government advice and provide updates on its likely impact on the League’s activities in the months ahead.

The Board is mindful that this will be a disappointing decision for some but everyone should understand that the sole reason for this decision is the threat the Coronavirus poses to the health of athletes, officials, members, team managers & coaches, volunteers, supporters and sports centre staff whose safety and well-being are our paramount concern.

Simon Fennell

Vice-Chair NAL

17th March 20202

David Jeacock: Obituary

England Athletics was saddened to hear of the recent passing of David Jeacock, former solicitor to EA and long-standing General Secretary of the British Athletics league. David’s funeral took place on Thursday 4th April.

A member of Swindon AC, David was Legal Officer of the BAL for over 40 years and was instrumental, alongside others, in effecting changes to the governance of the sport in the 1980s.

In 1997 he became General Secretary of the league, working alongside Chairman Mike Heath, and was responsible for the development of the league’s rules and constitution and overall administration. David’s reputation among member clubs was as one of even handedness and fairness and even clubs who disagreed with his implementation of the rules respected the time and effort he dedicated to ensuring that the competition existed for clubs and their athletes.

In early part of this decade, David acted as solicitor for England Athletics and outside of the sport he worked with British Weightlifting and Wheelchair basketball, as well as the team Stoke Mandeville. He was also a pioneer of the implementation of anti-doping rules in both athletics and elsewhere.

For many clubs, David will always be known as the BAL’s secretary and he rightly prided himself on delivering effective administration for the people for whome he saw himself primarily working: athletes.

He will be greatly missed by all who worked with him.


Dean Hardman

BAL Chair

David Jeacock

It is with great sadness that we bring you the news that David Jeacock passed away yesterday after a period of illness. David was a long-standing General Secretary of the BAL and much-valued member of the BAL family.

He will be greatly missed by everyone involved in the league and the wider sport.

We will update clubs with any funeral information in due course.

Dean Hardman

BAL Chair.