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The Futures Academy Programme aims to confirm athletes potential to transition onto the World Class Programme (WCP) in 2018-19 and support those who have highlighted the potential to win medals at future Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The programme runs from the 4th December 2017 to 30th November 2018 and will focus on supporting aspects of your 2018 Individual Athlete Plan (IAP) and, through a series of workshops and experiences, provide you with the opportunities to develop the skills required for senior international success.

Athletes and Coaches invited onto the programme will be assigned a Programme Point of contact who will support the IAP process and the conditions necessary to make progress. You will be required to share your 2018 IAP and to review it a minimum of twice a year. Support and funding will be allocated based on needs identified in your IAP.



  • Nike Futures kit drop (non-contracted athletes)
  • Assigned Performance Pathway Contact who will be responsible for supporting athletes and personal coach with their 2018 Individual Athlete Plan (IAP)
  • Financial support to ensure you can carry out key aspects of your IAP
  • Planned access to British Athletics Performance services
  • Team GB Silver Card Club
  • Access to training at the British Athletics National Performance Institute (NPI) in Loughborough and EIS training locations
  • A series of workshops and experiences, to provide the opportunity to develop the skills required for senior international success
  • Medical Insurance Scheme



  • By application, assistance towards individual development plans and supporting the athlete(s) in training and competition;
  • Mentoring and support as appropriate 




  • Submit and develop an Individual Athlete Plan (IAP)
  • Agree with the Programme Point of Contact a schedule of training days at the NPI and/or visits to home training locations
  • Communicate with the Programme Point of Contact
  • Attend the Futures Academy Induction and workshops
  • Continual progress in factors underpinning performance – Technical, Physical, Psychological, Tactical
  • Commitment to developing a positive working relationship with the Programme Point of Contact
  • Demonstrate characteristics necessary to make progress and perform
  • Minimum of 2 IAP reviews a year




How long can an athlete-coach pair be the Futures Programme?

At the end of the programme year (to the end of November 2018) and an end of year review, further support would be considered either via retention on the Futures Programme or moved on to WCP.  Nominations to SportsAid will be considered for all athletes unsuccessful in retaining their place on Futures, providing they still have full commitment to training.  Decisions will be based on criteria announced for that year.

If a Coach has more than one athlete who is accepted for the Programme....

The coach receives a budget of  £250.  The maximum coach assistance regardless of numbers on programme is £500 per Programme year with their athletes each receiving £1250 and support. British Athletics full-time paid staff coaches will not receive this financial support.

Can an athlete on Futures also receive SportsAid funding?

British Athletics cannot nominate any athlete for SportsAid who is on a funded programme (i.e. WCPP funding, Futures or TASS). In exceptional circumstances, where there is an existing link between an athlete and a SportsAid partner, the partner may request to continue a funding arrangement with the athlete which British Athletics will support.

Will athlete-coach pairs be expected to attend meetings with British Athletics?

Pairs will be expected to attend two formal meetings per year for IAP reviews, at a venue likely to be your training base or at a competition venue at a convenient time.

Where do I receive support services?

Certain services may be available only out of certain venues and athletes and coaches will be invited to attend where appropriate.

Will athletes have to do any appearances for British Athletics Futures?

As a member of the Futures programme, athletes can be invited to do up to two appearances over the year for which they will receive expenses to attend. This will be arranged to fit around commitments and as much notice as possible will be given.

What happens if the athlete gets seriously injured?

For long-term injuries or in cases of multiple injuries throughout the year, individual cases will be taken into account at the year-end review.