Becoming a top sports performer is a dream for many people, but fulfilling that dream can seem impossible unless performers have the right support around them.  The right coaches, support from volunteers and also financial support will all help you to achieve your goals.

UK Sport is the sporting lead in managing elite athletes in the UK and their aim is to lead sport in the UK to world-class success.  A number of programmes are now in place to support the top flight athletes.

World Class Podium

This Programme supports sports with realistic medal capabilities at Olympic/Paralympic Games (i.e. a maximum of four years away from the podium). At this level, an assessment of realistic medal projections determines the required investment per sport using the models introduced post-Athens for Olympic and Paralympic sports. Support is provided through a performance programme with the governing body and an athlete personal award.

World Class Development

This Programme is designed to support the stage of the pathway immediately beneath the Podium. It will comprise of sports that have demonstrated that they have realistic medal winning capabilities for 2012.

World Class Talent

This Programme is designed to support the identification and confirmation of athletes who have the potential to progress through the World Class pathway with the help of targeted investment.

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Other programmes for talented athletes include:

The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS)

“I know how difficult it is to develop in your sport to the highest levels whilst undertaking academic studies or a career. This exciting new scheme provides our most promising future Olympians with top quality sporting services and access to good quality training facilities.”

Sir Steve Redgrave CBE, Olympic Champion

The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) is a Government funded programme that represents a unique partnership between sport and higher and further education.

The programme awards Scholarships and Bursaries to talented athletes that are committed to combining their sport and education. It aims to reduce the drop out of talented athletes from sport and supports and develops the talent of today for sporting success in the future. Scholarships are available to 16 to 25 year old sports people.

Sporting Chance

For information on Sporting Chance and the inclusion aspect of the School Games please visit: