We are relaunching S-Factor’s Gifted and Talented Programme for 2016.

The Gifted and Talented Programme shares the same goals as England Athletics:

  • To increase participation in Athletics
  • To increase sustainability with a structured and organised programme
  • To help increase the talent pool in the UK by aiding and supporting those who demonstrate the potential of becoming world-class athletes.

We want to encourage our young athletes to push themselves and incentivise more frequent attendance at competitions. In previous years we have seen exceptional results from the athletes who have been accepted on to this Programme by representing not only their borough but also their country and, in some cases, winning medals at international competitions.

The Programme is split into three award categories: Gold, Silver and Bronze, which are based on the English Schools Athletic Association Standards (ESAA) guidelines.

Gold Award:
The successful athlete will receive a year’s worth of free club membership (a sponsor will fund all academy sessions for one year) and free training kit and leisurewear.

Once a month, the athlete will have the option to attend the athletics high-performance centre and will be coached within an elite training squad.

Once a year, the athlete will have the option to train in the USA in warm weather conditions with other world-class coaches and athletes.

If the athlete exceeds targets, there is the potential for more sponsorship. Note: this is performance dependent.

Silver Award:
Athletes will receive a 50% discounted club membership for one year, 50% discounted academy session rates for one year, free training kit and leisurewear.

Once a month, the athlete will have the option to attend the athletics high-performance centre and will be coached within an elite training squad.

Bronze Award:

Athletes will receive a 25% discounted club membership for one year, free training kit and leisurewear.

Once a month the athlete will be coached at the athletics high-performance centre with an elite coach and training squad.

To apply to the Gifted and Talented Programme, athletes must:

  • Be 13 years old and above
  • Are not lottery funded
  • Have achieved, at a minimum, the English Schools’ entry standard in the athlete’s event of choice (on at least two separate occasions)

If the athlete has competed at national level, but not reached the targets set, the Bronze Award will automatically be awarded.

Selection:
Applications must be submitted by 31 October in each year. S-Factor Academy will announce the awardees at the end of the year.

For the current English Schools Entry Standards please click Here.

Current Gifted & Talented Programme athletes include:

2015 – 2016

Gold Award

  • Mahmood Khaisto

Silver Award

  • Kimani Smart

Bronze Award

  • Not applicable

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