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Regional Academy

Information about the North East Regional Academy.

Any young athlete living in the North East Region who can meet the entry requirements for the North East Academy will be invited to join the squad The NE Academy fundamental role is to provide a pathway for performance development and a route onto the Triathlon England Talent Squad (ETS) and subsequently the World Class Programme (WCP).

Key test days are carried out each year around September but the door is always open to anyone meeting entry requirements throughout the season.

The NE Academy has a successful programme of performance development and has a proven record of assisting in the development of athletes onto the ETS programme. The NE Academy currently has 3 athletes on the ETS programme and a number of athletes invited to National Training Camps through regional performance recommendations.

The Academy will function around a regular programme of activities, which will involve:

  • Weekly training sessions throughout the season
  • Weekend training camps.
  • Week long training camps
  • Individual focus and feedback.

The NE Academy is also working towards selection through the following process:

  • Identify talent by monitoring results at local events
  • Direct talent by establishing links with local swim/cycle/run/triathlon clubs
  • Provide support for talent via triathlon club coaches
  • Guide and prepare athletes towards gaining a place on the Triathlon England Talent Squad
  • Develop young athletes in a holistic manner to ensure their continuation within the sport of triathlon. LTAD.

Find out more about information please read the England Talent Programme Regional Academy Guide.


Athletes score points based on their swim and run times in the time trials. This system has been in place for a number of years, and as such, the Academy standards are currently subject to an internal review at National level. As a guide you can calculate your points score using your short course swim (25m pool) and track run times here.

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The standard of athletes selected onto Regional Academies nationally continues to rise. As an indication of standard, the current North East Academy squad would all score a minimum of 300+ points under the current system.

Athletes who do not meet the above standards, but are interested in pursuing triathlon further are encouraged to join their local club and/or to attend the Regional Skills School days.

2019 Academy Trial Date

The 2019 Regional Academy trials day will be held on Saturday 5 October at Blaydon Leisure Centre, Shibdon Road, Blaydon-on-Tyne, NE21 5NW. If you are not available on this date, but are available on Sunday 29 September, please contact us by the details below and we will try to find a slot for you.

The trials will involve run testing from 12:30-14:20 and swim testing from 3-5pm. Athletes, even those who have registered in previous years or cannot attend either of the above dates, who wish to be considered to attend need to complete an online application form by clicking on the on the button below. 

Trials for the Development Squad will take place on Sunday 29 September at the same venue.

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North East Academy Athletes

The NE Academy will require full engagement with the programme from athletes. This includes regular inputting of data on personal training diaries and attendance at sessions when required.   

All new intake athletes will become affiliate members initially and will remain affiliate until such time that we have evidence of regular engagement with the programme.

Any questions relating to this area, please contact Colin Gardener, Academy Head Coach:


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