The role of coaches and staff working within the England Talent Programme is to support and develop athletes who may long term have the potential to achieve selection to the British Triathlon World Class Performance Programme (WCPP). Regionally, this is achieved through our Academies and nationally through the England Talent Squad.
Regional Academies are in place to provide guidance for triathlon coaches, clubs, parents and talented young athletes who aspire and have the potential to compete at the highest level within the sport of triathlon. The academy is run by a Regional Lead who is the direct link and a bridge between the region and the England Talent Programme. Academies are not designed to replace the home training environment rather to add to it. For more information on Regional Academy selection please visit here and/or read our Regional Academy Guide here.
The England Talent Squad is an extension of the Regional Academy Programme, it is for the very best young triathletes in England normally between the ages of 17 and 19. The squad is split into a A and B levels with around 10 athletes at each level across both genders. Similar to Regional Academies it operates as an ‘add value’ camp based programme with athletes coming together at home and abroad in school holidays and at selected weekends through the year either to train and/or race. There are very close links between England Talent and the World Class Programme. Coaches and Science/Medicine Practitioners work very closely across both Programmes to better align coaching and support services. England Talent also delivers a bespoke education programme linked to the ADF and the philosophy of whole athlete development that seeks to expose and allow athletes to explore and enhance the knowledge, skills and understanding to better transition into National Training Centres, the World Class Programme as well as better manage the ups, downs and challenges associated with being a world leading athlete.
Selection to the England Talent Squad is based on a number of factors such as race results, athlete development linked to the Athlete Development Framework, technical skills and the various attitudinal and performance behaviours that are requisite for long term success and development in the sport. The normal route of entry into the England Talent Programme is through a Regional Academy; Academies support athletes in developing the skills, knowledge and understanding to support a smooth transition into the Talent Programme. More information on selection to England Talent can be found here.
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