Name: Megan Walker Candidate Number: 7199Centre Name: Teignmouth Community School Centre Number: 54343
• Currently: – UKA and UKA Coach still receive funding from the government, despite the cuts, to be able to take talented Athletes to the UKA academy. – UKA and Aviva joined together to help Athletes all over the UK participate in Athletics. – UKA is designed to help talented pupils progress into possible Olympians, or professional athletes. The UKA has designed a clear progression route from Grass roots to elite Athlete (next slide).
• There are many ways to get spotted for HPC and County selection, and athletes who participate (either by playing for multiple teams or making sure they get in touch with a lot of talent scouts) are more likely to get spotted.
• Top athletes in the county compete against each other, with the top 3 from each division competing against each other in the final, with the top 3 of those selected to play for their country.• Most Teams comprise of the top athlete from each event (or the events the county is able to compete in).• Range from 6 and under- Senior level.• Athletics training centres are all over the county.• Normally have an ‘inter-county’ competition before county competitions, to select the team.
• Satellite clubs are clubs associated with the main Athletics clubs, and normally near the High Performance Centres throughout the country.• Some Satellite clubs may be gender, age or community specific, attracting a wide audience.• Within Satellite clubs, athletes hone their skills and practice their technique, whilst competing for the club they are in.
• There are two main high performance centres in the UK. Loughborough and Bath (to be finished in 2012).• The facilities include a swimming pool, a ‘LUFUS’ gym and a power gym.• As well as providing support for talented athletes, Loughborough provides the opportunity to be a fully qualified coach, so you yourself are able to teach the athletes.• The age ranges from when they start school at 5 to when you are competing at Senior/ Veteran level.• The best competitors are then referred to the National Indoor Athletics Centre, where they gain grants for professional coaches and teams to compete in national and international events.
• The National Indoor Athletics Centre is based in Cardiff and is where all the major athletes (form Team GB) go to train and compete in international competitions. Paula Radcliffe and Dame Kelly Holmes have trained here, with Team GB tracking progress with every move.• It has the facilities for all track and field events, even the nets (which are replaced regularly replaced) for shot-put and discus events.• In the N.A.C, they will have access to the best coaches, physiotherapists, medics, dieticians etc, because N.A.C only accept the best.
• These Camps help the athletes who have fallen through the net of selection, and gives them a chance to be discovered.• Talent camps are organised by UKA and Aviva, to help future athletes hone their skills and to help attendance in HPC’s and satellite clubs.• They are placed all over the UK, including one in Norwich, England.• Built for over 1,000 children age 10-16 to attend, each specialising in different sport. 400 of those (estimated number) are expected to attend the talent camp specialising in Athletics.• Training consists of gaining Aviva awards, and after that, they learn to specialise in a certain event.
Jo Pavey started as a member of the Exeter Harriers in Devon. She wonthe 1500m English schools championship in 1988, setting a new record forher age group. She then went to win the 800m and 1500m in 1990 for theAAA championships.She then moved on to other Championships like the European CrossCountry Championships, where she won a bronze medal. She thenmanaged to enter the World Class Programme in 1995, where she trainedand got selected for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where she placed 12 th inthe 5000m; and the 2004 Athens Olympics, where she placed 5 th in the5000m.
• Paralympians of Team GB are often much more successful than are Olympians, because they have much more support reaching their goal.• Their pathway is very similar to that of an able bodies athlete, but disabled athletes have specialised training centres for different categories of disability.• The disabled pathway (as seen on the next slide) is very clear and precise, allowing the people who fall through the net to also have a chance of great success in disabled athletics.
• There are 3 main pathways, Progression, Podium and Development.• There is then a selection process, in which the athletes must follow certain disciplinary guidelines with their head coach to get selected.• The WCP is a very rigorous training programme, which aims to get athletes up to Olympic standard, and represent their country, try to make sure they bring home the gold.• If the athletes fall into certain category (A or B category) they are almost definitely going to be selected for the World Class Programme.• If they are in the lower category (C or D) they will only be considered to get selected.• Once selected, the head coach (after a year) may decide to not take the athlete on another year, in which case they would no longer be on the WCPP.
UKA and England Athletics:– Funding for athletics is mostly funded by UK Sport and UKA, but is sponsored by Aviva, and recently McCain.UK SPORT:– UK Sport is the main provider for UK Athletics, and helps fund over £100 million into the high performance centres around the UK, per annum.SPORT ENGLAND:– Sport England are another main funder of athletics, focusing on grants for equipment and facilities. Sport England is also Lottery funded, which helps with the less fortunate people in the UK to have access to athletics.
•The progression route to become a elite athlete is indeed very challenging,•There are also facilities put in place for those who slip through the net•Disabled athletes have a very similar progression route compared to the