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ATHLEtics ACADEMY in sporting excellence (AASE)

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Jake Norris
2018 IAAF World Junior Hammer Champion and British U20 record holder

The Athletics Academy of Sporting Excellence is the first step on the performance pathway that has been designed to meet the needs of young athletes aged between 16-18 who have highlighted the potential to progress on to compete as a senior international.

The programme will help develop a broad range of skills, abilities and behaviours needed for senior success though the delivery of practical training sessions and workshops.

This will also allow progression either to further / higher education or gain employment within a related field, through the qualification element of the programme and the skills gained from their event, such as commitment, communication and working with others.


Programme Benefits 

  • A Camp-based programme which aims to equip athletes with the necessary skills, behaviours and abilities to progress on the path to being successful senior internationals
  • Objective feedback on technical and physical development, designed to support and compliment club provision whilst meeting the specific needs of the athletes and coach
  • Workshops tailored towards elite development athletes i.e. performance nutrition, psychology, time management, social media, University choices, lifestyle, clean athletics etc
  • A competitive training environment with event specific curriculum focused on the relevant technical requirements for a developing elite performer
  • Opportunities for 1:1 sessions with specialist performance support staff
  • The qualification is going through UCAS approval. The current qualifications award 40 UCAS for successful completion of the two Level 3 Certificate. These are available for those athletes who are currently in year 1 of their FE studies and are planning to attend university from September 2020 onwards
  • Mentoring and support – linked into the England Athletics Coach and Athlete Programmes
  • EA Regional Programme Coach who will support with specific elements of the Individual Athlete Planning (IAP) process


How is it done?

  • The programme will be delivered over two years through a number of practical training sessions, workshops and individual support sessions which take place at identified AASE centres.
  • Practical training sessions are designed to create a competitive and enthusing training environment with like-minded athletes, working on event specific skills and abilities.
  • Workshops are designed to provide athletes with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop into a senior international athlete.
  • Individual support sessions will allow access to Performance support practitioners such as Nutrition & Psychology as well as Technical coaches who will support both athlete and coach pair on key aspects of their training and competition plans.


What will you learn?

The programme is focused around developing a dual career for the athlete, through fulfilling their potential within the sport and also in their education and employability. Across the two years, athletes will learn the following principles to support their development in athletics  and future career which include;


  • Technical, Tactical, Physical principles around your event now and for future success
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Lifestyle
  • Career and Finance
  • Communication and Media
  • Health and Safety
  • Culture, Values and Behaviours in a Sport
  • Pathway

To be invited to apply for the programme in 2018-20, athletes must be:

  • D.O.B from 01/09/2001 – 31/08/2002
  • Highly ranked in the 2018 power of 10 rankings


AASE can be taken alongside any education programme that an athlete may currently be taking at school or college (not University). 

Athletes identified for the 2018-20 programme will be contacted by British Athletics in early September Please note that places on AASE are limited and early reply is advised to ensure athletes register their interest, as first-come-first-served may apply.

For any questions relating to the AASE programme, please contact Sharon Morris via email: smorris@britishathletics.org.uk