The Amateur Athletic Association of England
(formerly the Amateur Athletic Association
) or AAA
is the oldest national governing body for athletics in the world, having been established on 24 April 1880. In the past, it has effectively overseen athletics throughout Britain. Now, it supports regional athletic clubs and works to develop amateur athletics in England alone. This includes the English Cross Country Association
The English Cross Country Association is the governing body of cross country running in England. Its objects are to promote and develop cross country running and to advance and safeguard the interests of the sport and the governing body...
Three men from Oxford University were responsible for the founding of the AAA - Clement Jackson
Clement Nugent Jackson was a British athlete, academic and athletics administrator.-Early life:He was born in Simla, India, the second son of Lt-Gen George Jackson of the Bengal Staff Corps, and Phillis Sophia Strode....
, Montague Shearman
Sir Montague Shearman was an English judge and athlete. He is most notable as co-founder of the Amateur Athletics Association in 1880.-Early life:...
and Bernhard Wise. The first AAA Championships were held on the 3 July 1880 at Lillie Bridge. Dame Marea Hartman was the first woman president of the 'AAA' when she was appointed in 1991. The AAA of England was formed in 1991 following the merger of the previous AAA and the Women's AAA (formed in 1922).
The AAA Championships (widely regarded as the de facto British national championships) have been held annually since 3 July 1880 (with breaks for the two world wars). The 2006 AAA Championships were incorporated, along with the UK Championships, within the Norwich Union European Trials – with the first two eligible UKA elite standard
athletes in each event qualifying for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team to take part in the European Championships
The 19th European Athletics Championships were held in Gothenburg, Sweden, between 7 August and 13 August 2006. The competition arena was the Ullevi Stadium and the official motto "Catch the Spirit"...
. England Athletics are reviving the AAA Championships in 2009 as a two-day competition held after the World Championships in Athletics
The 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics were held in Berlin, Germany from 15–23 August 2009. The majority of events took place in the Olympiastadion, while the marathon and racewalking events started and finished at the Brandenburg Gate....