Junior Talent Programme

Applications for the 2020 Junior Talent Programme closed 5 October

What are the objectives of the Junior Talent Programme?

  • Share and develop coach knowledge and athlete ability based on performance factors; Physical, Technical, Tactical, Behavioural (PCDEs), Mental & Environment (psychosocial)
  • Identify the key performance determinants of each event
  • Identify and prioritise key training objectives
  • Provide objective data to assess the effectiveness of the programme and make appropriate coaching interventions
  • Bring like-minded / ability coaches and athletes together

Who is the Junior Talent Programme designed for?

Athletes and their personal coaches that:

  • Are born between 1 January 1999 and 31 August 2002 (athlete)
  • Have graduated from the Youth Talent Programme (YTP) (DiSE/AASE)
  • Were not part of the Youth Talent Programme (YTP) (DiSE/AASE) but their profile meets the rising performance funnel criteria

What do athletes/coaches receive if they are accepted onto the Programme?

National Training Days:

  • Continuation of curriculum content + testing / monitoring / tracking
  • Access to coaching expertise
  • Camp based support (e.g. physiotherapy/ performance/ video analysis, S&C)
  • Coach and athlete development (athlete centred, coach led)
  • Train in a competitive environment with peers
  • Develop relationships; coaches and athletes
  • National coaching network

Regional Training Days:

  • Curriculum of content and delivery with technical excellence frameworks and physical competency assessments
  • Access to coaching expertise
  • Coach and athlete development (athlete centred, coach led)
  • Train in a competitive environment with peers
  • Develop relationships; coaches and athletes
  • Regional coaching network

What is the selection process?

  • Online applications opened on Monday 9 September and closed on Monday 5 October.
  • A panel comprising of the England Athletics Head of Coaching and Athlete Development (Martin Rush), Event Group Leads (Shani Palmer (Speed), Spencer Duval (Endurance), Darren Ritchie (Jumps & Combined Events) and Nick Ridgeon (Throws)) and the National Talent Event Leads will select coach-athlete pairs onto the different tiers of the programme based upon their event profile, technical and physical profile, commitment, focus and distraction control, quality practice and coping with pressure. Successful coach-athlete pairs will be invited to be on the programme by the first week of November.
  • The national training days are scheduled for 28 November 2020 and 13 March 2021 (Covid-19 dependant). The regional training days are scheduled for between November 2020 and March 2021 but vary between regions based on facility availability.

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