Two new Talent Hubs, based at University of Birmingham and Leeds Beckett University, are now up-and-running to support the next generation of talented athletes, their coaches and the wider club community.
Any athletes, or athlete coaches/parents, interested in the Talent Hubs:
- Click here for Talent Hub selection policy. (PDF 900kB).
- Click here to complete the Expression of Interest form.
The scheme is the result of a collaboration between England Athletics and British Athletics, who have restructured their Talent Pathways, along with the two universities, London Marathon Events and TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme).
The Talent Hubs are part of an 18-month pilot scheme activated from late 2019, within the UK-wide Talent Pathway, designed to support athletes (aged primarily between 17-23) and their coaches but also to provide a link between the talent/performance pathways and wider athletics and club community.
The aspiration is that the Talent Hubs will become centres where athletes and coaches can benefit from excellent support but also that the wider club community is served through coach education and development, and that club officials and volunteers can be supported. Representation on the advisory group from local clubs or regional councils is being put in place so that the Talent Hubs can support the growth of the whole sport, not least by strengthening the performance of athletes in the club environment.
With Birmingham and Leeds now live, in light of the Covid-19 outbreak, parts of the programmes have been adapted into virtual, online based activity and e-learning to ensure the ongoing support for athletes and coaches with safe activity at this challenging time. Longer term the dual career aspects (education and athletics) and the support offered on the programmes will be delivered at the university hubs with fully accredited staff and resources.
Talent Hub webinars
We recently ran a series of Talent Hub webinars for athletes, coaches, parents and club personnel. You can watch a selection of recordings from previous this series via the links below:
- England Talent Hubs – what do they offer? Click here to watch
- Birmingham Talent Hub – Training opportunities: what is available? Click here to watch
- Leeds Talent Hub – Training opportunities: what is available? Click here to watch
You can view more Coaching webinars in the Coaching Resource section of the Athletics Hub platform – click here to access and register/login