Futures Sprint Relays

Aim of programme

To prepare and confirm young sprint athletes with the skills, abilities and behaviours to progress onto the World Class Programme (WCP) and support those who have highlighted the potential to win medals at future Olympic Game as part of a relay team and as an individual.

  • EMPOWER– Athletes to learn and develop the key skills, behaviours and abilities of a senior international relay athlete
  • PERFORM – At key internationals across the competitive season and ultimately the international age groups.
  • TRANSITION – Seamlessly onto the World Class Programme in the next cycle.

Programme Benefits

  • A camp programme with a series of tasks and education experiences designed to confirm those most likely to transition onto the WCP
  • Training Camp access to British Athletics Performance services,
  • Objective feedback on technical and physical development
  • Competitive International Competition opportunities
  • Coach mentoring and support as appropriate

How is it done?

  • Coaching support focusing on relay specific skills
  • Provision of a competitive training environment with constant challenges complemented by plenty of support
  • Provision of a structured relay race programme designed to be challenging and aspirational
  • Support and education from British Athletics ’s performance support team

What are we looking for?

  • Fast, adaptable and baton skilful relay runners
  • Excellent performances at national and international races
  • Self-discipline, commitment and a strong work ethic
  • A willingness to develop and an open mind to advice and coaching
  • The ability to work as part of a team with like-minded sprinters and coaches

What will you learn?

  • Skills and race tactics required to be an internationally competitive relay runner and individual– now and for the future
  • The technical, physical and psychological aspects required to improve relay performance
  • An ability to handle different racing conditions and training environments without affecting performance
  • Ownership along with the fundamental off-track skills required for senior success


  • Athletes are typically aged 17 – 23, limited to 16 places
  • Each year, there are two short-lists created in December and February (following indoors) – this is made up of athletes who have excelled and are finishing regularly in the top ten at national races.

Athletes can be selected throughout the season.