Posted 22nd Aug 2017

Maximise your sporting potential – try out for our Futures Athlete Development programme

Young sportspeople looking to maximise their potential and gain an added advantage on their sporting journey are being invited to attend a free screening day for the 2017-18 Team Bath Futures Athlete Development programme.

Taking place at the University of Bath Sports Training Village on Saturday, September 9, the screening day will test the physical fitness, speed and power of current and aspiring members of the talent development scheme.

They will also receive an introduction to sports psychology, one of the many support services provided to Futures athletes along with nutritional advice, lifestyle management and well-being support.

Team Bath Futures Academy athletes Ed Nightingale and Spencer Armstrong have been selected to represent Great Britain at the Junior European Canoe Sprint Championships
Team Bath Futures Academy athletes Ed Nightingale and Spencer Armstrong represented Great Britain at the Junior European Canoe Sprint Championships

The Futures Athlete Development Programme is open to sportspeople aged between ten and 18 who already compete at a regional level or above in their chosen sport or who show great athletic potential and are looking for a sport to suit them.

They can access bespoke coaching sessions in the world-class Sports Training Village facilities, designed to maximise gains and reduce the risk of injury at each stage of their growth and maturation.

Among the next generation of athletes currently benefitting from the programme are Ed Nightingale, who recently won canoe sprint bronze for Team GB at the European Youth Olympic Festival, and Bath Sword Club’s Bronwen Granville, who won the U17 Women’s Foil title at the 2017 Cadet & Junior British Fencing Championships.

Team Bath Futures athlete Bronwen Granville, who fences with Bath Sword Club

Team Bath Futures athlete Bronwen Granville, who fences with Bath Sword Club
Team Bath Futures athlete Bronwen Granville and, right, fencing with Bath Sword Club

Bronwen has also been named in the British Fencing team for the first-ever women’s competition at the prestigious Eden Cup, an International Junior World Cup that has previously been for men only. It is taking place on Saturday, September 16.

Other Futures athletes have competed in such diverse sports as BMX biking, hockey, kayaking, netball, rugby and swimming.

The screening day will take place from 8.45am to around 12.30pm and anyone wishing to attend is asked to register their interest by emailing Performance Development Officer Alicia John at talent-development@bath.ac.uk.

Parents and coaches are also welcome to attend the sports psychology workshop, with Futures programme leaders keen to work and collaborate with as many people as possible.

Click here for more information on the Team Bath Futures Athlete Development programme.

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