East Midlands Triathlon Academy update
We recognise that the unprecedented circumstances caused by the Covid-19 situation has affected all athletes, parents, coaches, English Regional Academy leads (RAL) and British Triathlon staff and that everyone’s situation is unique. The England Next Generation (ENG) programme staff and RALs all share a responsibility to athletes and parents during this time and have endeavoured to engage and connect with their athletes throughout the lockdown period. When it is deemed appropriate by those individual ENG staff and RALs, it is hoped face-to-face activity will recommence, but only when safe to do so and when the need is such.
To provide some clarity, we can confirm the following regarding the English Regional Academies:
- The 2019-20 Regional Academy and England Next Generation year is being extended to December 2020. Athletes selected into academies or the ENG programme for this year will remain part of the academy during this period.
There will be no trials for English Regional Academies in September 2020.
- As the Covid-19 situation changes nationally and regionally on a daily basis, we cannot currently confirm what academy activities will take place this year with due consideration given to regional variances.
- RALs are not obliged to run academy activity during this time. RALs have been encouraged to make decisions based on their personal circumstances first, the need of academy athletes second, thirdly to assess the availability and cost of hiring facilities and finally the appropriateness of holding activity during this pandemic.
The process for inclusion in English Regional Academy and England Next Generation programmes for 2020-21 (planned to run from Jan-Sept 2020) will be published in due course.
For any further information or guidance concerning the Regional Academy or the application process, please contact the Regional Head Coach.
For more information on talent identification and a points calculator please click here.
Rob Bridges - Regional Head Coach
Post: PO Box 25, Loughborough, Leics, LE113WX