Just as a cricket match needs umpires and a rugby or football match needs a referee and linesmen, athletic events also need volunteer officials. Officials ensure athletics events go ahead fairly in accordance with the rules. Within Sussex there is a shortage and very soon we will run the risk of our meetings and matches being cancelled due to a lack in qualified officials. It’s easy to get involved. You don’t need any previous experience and as well as being supported by both the county and your club, you can get great satisfaction at helping.