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West Midlands Regional Academy

The West Midlands Region Regional Academy helps young athletes from local and regional programmes to develop into nationally and internationally recognised athletes in line with the BTF National Development Strategy.

The Academy helps talented young athletes in the West Midlands to build on their potential and give them opportunities to experience high quality coaching from inside and outside the sport with a view to developing them into competent athletes, capable of being accepted on to the World Class Programme of British Triathlon.

In addition to Academy Training Days, athletes are supported and monitored continuously by a team of dedicated coaches, led by Level 3 Triathlon Coach Steve Lloyd as Regional Head Coach.  Steve has been involved in sport and coaching for a number of years and runs his own triathlon coaching business. He is supported by Andy Teagle. Their Academy training complements the athletes' training in their home clubs. 

Applications are open for the 2019 Academy Selection process

Academy selection is a 3 stage process:

  1. Eligibility, online application and review 
  2. Swimming and Running Time Trials
  3. Academy Selection Day

Stage 1: Eligibility and online application

Applications are invited from athletes who:

  • Live in the West Midlands
  • Applicants must be 14 to 18 years old by 31/12/19 and
  • Are likely to achieve 320 combined points or above,
  • Ideally are a member of a West Midlands BTF affiliated Triathlon club (but not required)
  • If they are a BTF member, West Midlands is listed as the region on their Triathlon England race licence.  

The points calculator can be accessed on the British Triathlon Talent Identification website. 


Athletes should read the Athlete Development Framework and Regional Academy Guide very carefully as it will help when deciding whether or not to apply. The Regional Academy Points Tables times quoted are based on those of programme triathlete's single discipline performances.


Selection to the Academy will be primarily based on points achieved at the trials supported by information provided in the application process.


All current academy members under 18 years old are also expected to apply.


Online applications can be made here.  


Stage 2 of the Academy selection process will be open to athletes who can achieve the required standards. Athletes will be informed by email if their application to the trials is successful as soon as the applications have been reviewed. 



Stage 2: Swimming and Running Time Trials Important Date Change

The Triathlon England West Midlands Academy Swimming and Running Trials will take place on 28th September 2019  at University of Birmingham in Edgbaston, Birmingham.  Applications for trials close Saturday 14th September.

09:30 – arrive and introduction in the meeting room – probably 30 to 45 minutes

10:30 – 12:00 – run track session

12:00 – 13:00 - Lunch and break

13:00 – 13:45 – Academy presentation and Q and A – meeting room

14:30 – 16:00 – pool

Stage 3: Academy Selection Day 

Athletes who are successful at these trials will be invited to attend the 3rd stage of the process  the venue, date and time are to be confirmed.


Academy Selection

Shortly after the Academy Selection Day (stage 3) invitations to join the Academy as either a full member or affiliate member will be sent out.  

Athletes offered a place in the Academy or as an Affiliate will be required to become a member of Triathlon England if they aren't already.


Applications for trials close Saturday 14th September.


If you have any questions please contact Steve Lloyd (Regional Head Coach)westmidlandsacademy@britishtriathlon.org

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