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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 in Sporting Excellence is a key part of the British Athletics Performance Pathway for young athletes aged between 16 and 18. The pathway programme 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 national camps and regional days over a two year period which include 1:1 days with programme specialists (all work is done on course). 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.    

The qualification is going through UCAS approval. The current qualifications award 40 UCAS points 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.

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 2018-20, 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