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Langford, Kyle
Kyle Langford, a fourth place finisher over 800m at the 2017 IAAF World Championships, was previously supported by AASE.

The Athlete Academy in Sporting Excellence is a key part of the British Athletics Performance Pathway for young athletes aged between 16 and 18. The diploma gives athletes the  opportunity to learn and develop the necessary knowledge and skills to progress on to becoming a senior international athlete whilst gaining further qualifications, and is designed to support and compliment club training. 

Athletes would need to attend the 11 workshops throughout the 2018 calendar year, which include 1:1 days with programme specialists. The programme workshops will be held at regional hubs (Loughborough, Bath, Manchester, Birmingham, Gateshead, London/SE) and on suitable dates to avoid competition clashes, in school holidays and at weekends. Parents as well as personal coaches will also be invited to attend relevant sessions with their athletes and contribute where appropriate to their athlete’s programme.

Workshops will cover topics such as nutrition and performance, sports psychology, lifestyle, communication and media, Clean Athletics education, social media and career planning. Practical elements will include workshops in strength and conditioning, fitness testing as well as physiotherapy input and support.

During the year, athletes will receive education and one-on-one mentoring to help develop a range of skills that will assist their development as elite athletes and progress to further education or gain employment in a related field, while athletes will also have the opportunity to take a Coaching Assistant coaching award at the end of the programme.    

Personal coaches who engage with the programme are also invited to apply for development funding to assist with their own professional development.

A total of 40 UCAS points are available for successful completion of the course. 

Each AASE centre will have its own World Class Performance Programme athlete allocated, who will attend and answer questions at a number of sessions throughout the year.

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

  • Born between 01/09/2000 – 31/08/2001

  • Ranked highly on the 2017 Power of 10 rankings (invitations to apply based on the number of programme places allocated – tbc). NB: no hand timed or wind assisted performances will be considered.
  • Possesses or be currently working towards a GCSE Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or any equivalent (Level 2 Functional Skills).

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 programme will be contacted directly by British Athletics in early October and invited to apply to be part of the AASE programme. 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