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AS PE Talent Identification & Development

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Mike Tyler

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Transcript of AS PE Talent Identification & Development

Concepts, History, and Current Schemes
Talent Identification & Development
East Germany
Small nation (approx. 16m)
History: Australia
Following Australia’s disappointing performance in the 1976 Olympics the government reviewed the elite sports system.

Talent ID Schemes
Development Schemes
Past Paper
You have 15 minutes!
Mark Scheme
Have a look at the mark scheme for this question.
To understand the
behind Talent Identification & Talent Development

To know the
of Talent ID & Development in other countries

To be able to describe current and recent Talent ID & Talent Development
in the UK
talent identification

talent development
40 years leading in sport/athletics
Use of sport as a shop window for Communism
State sponsored Talent ID programme
Every child screened for sporting potential aged 7
Results analysed by National Sports Federation
Kids with good results trained several times a week at local training centres
Children making good progress transfer to specialist boarding school at age of 10
sports coaching at boarding schools involved
6 hours a day coaching
2 hours a day academic
6 days a week
is the multi-disciplinary screening of athletes in order to identify those with the potential for World Class success
is the provsion of support (coaching, financial, etc) for athletes which enables those with the potential for World Class success to reach the peak of their sport
Elite performers were based at high performance centres or sports institutes.

They undertook full time preparation at one of the eight national centres with top class facilities, sport science and technical support
AGE 10
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) opened in 1981.

It offers scholarships to over 600 athletes in 32 sports and employs 75 full time coaches. It offers first class facilities as well as sport science and medical back up
7 Satellite campuses based in each of Australia's state capital cities
'Sports Search': a very successful sports science experiment through the '90s
Initially ussed in rowing
came up with a bank of stats / body measurements that could be used to identify a best fit sport for different participants
Sports Search was rolled out between 1994 and 1996: every single high school in the country was visited!
Those identified as possible talent were invited to the neext staged of screening. This ended up being only 2% of those tested.
Have a go at this question from 2011
World Class Programme
School Games
TOP Programme
UK Talent Team
Girls 4 Gold

Athletes with realistic medal capabilities at Olympic level for 2012 and beyond

Typically 4-6 years from podium

UK World Class Pathway


A talent profile should be compiled from
Case studies of past Olympians
Discriminating factors separating medallists from non-medallists
Coaching insight
Performance modelling

A talent profile should be underpinned by quality research

It should be shown to predict performance to a good degree of probability

Use both ‘coach’s eye’ / ‘gut feel’ and validated science methodologies

Creating a talent profile

Read the FAQs from the UK Sport Website


Began in 2008

Success means it will be re-run between 2013-2016

Girls 4 Gold Ambassador Angela Hannah transferred from hockey in 2007 and went on to be selected to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games, finishing fifth in the K4 500m

Female athletes aged 15-25

Aiming at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Girls 4 Gold

Talent 2016: Tall and Talented

Supports wide scale recruitment and confirmation of athletes who have potential to progress through pathway.

Encourages sports to become increasingly sophisticated in the way they identify and recruit talent

Typically 8 years from podium
(less if Talent Transfer scheme)

UK World Class Pathway

Athletes with realistic medal capabilities at Olympic level

Maximum of 4 years from podium

Athlete places distributed according to:

The sport’s record at the previous Olympics
The athlete’s track record
Projected medal capability (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
Demonstrated success of that particular pathway

UK World Class Pathway

Talent 2018: Fighting Chance: Battle for Brazil
Talent 2012: Fighting Chance
Talent 2012: Paralympic Potential
Talent 2016: Tall and Talented
Girls 4 Gold
Pitch 2 Podium
Power 2 Podium
Sporting Giants

Talent ID Programmes

Talent Identification
Screening based on selected tests
Physical, psychological, physiological, etc
No prior involvement in the sport they have been identified for (i.e. ‘raw talent’)

Talent Selection
Screening athletes currently involved in a sport
Using ‘coach’s eye’ and scientific methods to identify those most likely to succeed (i.e. existing talent)

Talent Transfer
Reassignment of athletes across sports with similar transferable talent characteristics (e.g. Gymnastics to diving, swimming to canoeing)
Often will develop in new sport within compressed timeframes, having numerous ready made skills courtesy of ‘donor’ sport

Talent terminology

Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues


Shortest player ever to play in the NBA


UK Sport Talent Pathway

World Class Podium
World Class Development
World Class Talent
Beyond access to elite level coaching and facilities there are additional benefits to being on the World Class Performance Pathway

For example, flights outside of Europe, or lasting for more than 5 hours, will be upgraded to business class.

Athlete Medical Insurance Schemes

BOA (British Olympic Association) Passport Scheme – benefits exclusive to athletes with UKA & BOA partners (e.g. Aviva, Adidas, British Airways, Lucozade, and more)

More Benefits

Access to Doctors, Physiotherapists, Biomechanics Staff, Physiologists, Strength and Conditioning, Nutritionists, Sports Psychologists, Performance Lifestyle Staff – all at one of the two National Performance Centres

Also there are numerous Regional Development Centres to which Athletes can go for specialised training or coaching

(e.g. Birmingham Uni has two EIS staff specialising in triple jump and vertical jumps)


Must submit an Athlete Plan which has to be agreed by a Programme advisor and the Head Coach (including year plan)

Athlete Agreement
Athlete Deed
Medical Form

Athletes will be asked to complete a UKA Database Form (6 monthly), a Media Questionnaire, and a Performance Lifestyle Questionnaire but these forms will not affect funding and service provision.

Further Conditions

6 stages, A, B, C, D, E and PR

Stages A, B, C, and PR are World Class Podium stages

Stages D and E are World Class Development stages

Each stage constitutes a different funding level.

The funding year begins 1st December and runs until end of November

Qualifying Criteria

WCPP Philosophy

Administered by UKA (based at Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr, Birmingham)

Provides funding, as well as access to facilities and expertise, for athletes at elite or near elite level

Work with all Team GB Athletes

Focus solely on success at global championships

Make two tables outlining the strengths and weaknesses of each talent development scheme.

Extra money is available to athletes to request items /services that they can show will have a significant impact on their performance

Video cameras
Music players
Driving lessons

Additional Budget

Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme

“It’s not only senior internationalists such as Olympians that require a good support structure if they are to be successful. Developing age-group athletes also need support if they are to progress to the senior stage.
Being on the TASS programme as an age-grouper helped with additional financial backing to support my parents and helped me access support I might not have used, such as sports medicine and sports science.”
Rebecca Adlington,
Double Olympic Gold medallist.


talented, young athletes, especially those most at risk of dropping out, in performance sport through the key transition phases at 16 years of age and upwards.

To support talented, young athletes to
up the performance pathway in their sport

To enhance the level of
of talented young athletes at the appropriate high level of competition

To enhance the extent and quality of
working between NGBs and the further and higher education sectors

To enhance the capability of the further and higher education sectors to flexibly
and cater for – to an agreed standard – the needs of talented, young athletes.

TASS – Main Aims

Up to £3,500 available to talented athletes to support them through their training

Core Services
strength and conditioning
physiotherapy and medical support
lifestyle support/mentoring
education and career support

Sport Specific Services
competition and training expenses
equipment and sport science

Awarded annually (October – September)


All Core Services are delivered by one of the 10 Hub institutions

Leeds Metropolitan University
Loughborough University
Nottingham Trent University
Sheffield Hallam University
St Marys University College
TASS in the North East
University of Bath
University of Birmingham
University of Hertfordshire
University of Manchester
University of Southampton

There are currently over 50 accredited institutions delivering services on behalf of TASS


aged 16 or above

Hold a British passport

Be able to represent the Great Britain or an English representative side (as appropriate) in their chosen sport

Be undertaking a Recognised Education Programme registered at an institution in England

Sport Specific Criteria

Attend their Lead Hub TASS Induction.

Actively engage with their service deliverers – communicating effectively.

Attend four Lifestyle Support Sessions throughout the TASS year.

Attend minimum of 80% Strength & Conditioning sessions.

Attend preventative physiotherapy and/or massage sessions as appropriate.

Attend a Profiling/Screening.

Feedback on notable performance/competition results to the TASS National Office.

Adhere to their NGB Anti Doping Policy.

Communicate with Lifestyle Support Staff and Educational Teaching Staff on sporting (training & competition) and academic commitments.

NGBs make nominations to TASS

NGBs decide how athletes’ money is spent, they do not receive it up front

Forty-seven different sports are covered by the scheme.


37 former TASS athletes competed at the Beijing Olympics, bringing home 9 medals.


Conditions for sponsorship
It is compulsory for athletes to
SkillsActive, National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of sport and industry experts developed the programme in 2004
If an athlete falls short of their ultimate goal, they have the skills, knowledge and qualifications to pursue a secondary or supplementary career
Aged 16-19
Ability and/or the potential to play at the highest Level in your sport, determined in collaboration with the NGB
Be subject to academic entry requirements.
Meet Apprenticeship Funding Eligibility criteria.

You must also be either:

A professional, full-time athlete
An athlete identified by an NGB as ‘elite’
An athlete involved in the academy environment at professional clubs
Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence
TOP Sport supports the delivery of PE and sport in 10,000 primary schools across the country

Supports the new National Curriculum

Key Stage 2 focus (years 3-6)

Free workshops for teachers plus resource cards, posters and access to online resources.
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