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Supporting Aspiring Athletes Programme

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Supporting Aspiring Athletes Programme - suitable for sports scholars

A programme of online sessions suitable for all ambitious teenage athletes

This is the final four sessions of this year’s Sports Scholarship Programme 2022, attended by more than 2500 aspiring athletes. There is an entirely new and different content available for the Summer Term. This terms programme recognises that sports scholars are always looking for new ways to maximise their training knowledge and capacity to help them on their journeys as young aspiring athletes.

There is a range of speakers on different topics, who will provide a combination of information and inspiration for students. This will often involve sharing their own athletic journey, and presenting lessons that they have learned for the benefit of the audience. All have been asked to include the things they wished they knew when they were aspiring teenagers.

There is never going to be one time that is suitable for all schools. Sessions are scheduled live on Monday afternoons at 4.15pm, in the hope that this will be a convenient time for many schools to assemble their pupils to watch the sessions together, and stimulate discussion and planning. However, the recording will be available for seven days after this, enabling schools to view it at any time during that week – or to make it separately available to any pupils who missed it. It is hoped that this provides maximum flexibility to meet the needs of all environments. All session last roughly 45 minutes.

Sessions can be accessed individually, or as a series.


Monday 16 May

Concussion: What Players Need to Know 
Dr Sam Barke (Return2Play)
Concussion is one of the leading areas of concern in world sport. Dr Barke will discuss what concussion actually is, the common misunderstandings and how players should manage the injury to maximise recovery.
Sam is a sports doctor and surgeon specialising in young adult and adolescent sports injuries. He is a recognized expert in this area and is medical director of Return2Play, who are at the forefront of improving the management of concussion in children.

Monday 23 May 

Planning for Success: Understanding yourself
Andy Key
Planning for Success is about defining ‘where you are now' and 'where you want to be?’ This Creates a clear plan of action of what is going to be required, to achieve desired performances!
Andy is an Elite Performance Coach starting out with Leicester Tigers as their Head of Rugby Development whilst setting up their Academy, creating a transition pathway for players moving into the first team squad. Andy became Director of Rugby at Leeds Carnegie, in 2008.

Monday 13 June 

Strengthening Mental Muscles: How Mental Fitness Can Transform your Happiness, Confidence & Success
Jacqueline Weeks
Discover how to take care of the brain health and emotional well-being by building mental fitness habits into daily routines to help athletes feel stronger, happier and healthier. 
Jacqueline is a Mental Fitness Coach with a passion for supporting athletes to succeed beyond their expectations and to maximise their performance.

Monday 20 June 

Strength & Conditioning: Applications for Athletic Development and Sporting Longevity
James Nolan
An introduction to key concepts underpinning professional Strength and Conditioning practice and methods to improve athletic potential in young athletes for sporting success. 
James is currently working as a Strength & Conditioning coach at Leicester Tigers with previous experience at Nottingham Forest Academy, Nottingham Rugby, Welsh Rugby Union and Illinois Fighting Illini at NCAA Football Division 1 level.

One session £100
All sessions £275
Booked last year? All sessions £200

Prices are based on unlimited pupils from each school at each event. Special terms are available for schools with particularly small (less than 10) numbers of pupils involved.

All sessions delivered live 4.15–5.00pm. Recordings available for the following seven days. Excludes VAT

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Should you need to cancel a booking you must give us a minimum of 10 days notice. Cancellations received after this time will be charged in full. At events where accommodation is pre-booked this amount is not refundable after the time of booking.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for full cancellation and variation information.

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