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Apply for a place on the 2014 National Talent Camp

Taking place from Friday 19 – Monday 22 December , the Youth Sport Trust (YST) National Talent Camp 2014 will bring together 350 of the country’s most talented young sports people to take part in a transformational and inspiring four day residential experience.

Entries close at 5PM on 31 October. Please send your completed application forms to volunteering@swimming.orgDeveloped and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, hosted by Loughborough University and supported by Sport England, the camp will be globally unique in that it will not only test and challenge the attendees in an intense multi-sport environment, it will be multi-disciplinary with athletes, coaches and officials sharing the experience and developing in the same environment.

Selected and supported by National Governing Bodies of Sport, 200 young coaches, 100 young athletes and 50 young officials, who have all demonstrated talent within their strand and shown a commitment to push themselves further, will be supported and challenged through a series of theoretical, and practical sessions, designed to take the young people out of their comfort zone and encourage them to realise what it takes to achieve their sporting best.

The National Talent Camp will be followed by a 12 month development programme delivered by the ASA specifically for ASA successful candidates.

We will be recruiting 25 young coaches from across the disciplines and 10 young swimming officials for the programme, please see below for information on eligibility and criteria.

Young Coaches

Click here to download the application form for the National Talent Camp 2014/15

Eligibility and programme info

  • Must be aged 16-19 (year 11 – 13) and in full time education (please note: university applicants will not be accepted)
  • Must currently hold a UKCC Level 1 Teaching or Coaching qualification in any discipline (Those with a Level 2 will be considered but suitable Level 1 coaches will receive priority)
  • Must be actively coaching in an ASA club which is swim21 accredited or working towards
  • Able to communicate effectively and passionate to inspire other young people
  • Demonstrate good organisational skills and motivated to pass on knowledge to others
  • Committed to learning and continual professional development
  • Must be committed to the programme for 12 months from December 2014
  • Must be able to attend the National Talent Camp at Loughborough University from the 19 – 22 December (applicants unable to attend the full camp will not be considered)
  • Evidence of support from the Head Coach including mentoring support from an experienced member of the club (preferred but not mandatory)

Programme outline

  • Dedicated mentor support
  • Four-day National Camp at Loughborough University
  • Access to a Young Coach Network - support material & e-learning resources
  • Attend an ASA/BS event to complete observational activities
  • Invitation to relevant NGB coach seminars or development activities
  • Observational opportunities at a performance club or beacon programme

Young Officials

Click here to download the application form for the National Talent Camp 2014/15

Eligibility and programme information

  • Must be aged 16 – 19 (year 11 – 13) and in full time education (please note: university applicants will not be accepted)
  • Must currently hold a BS Technical Swimming Officials Qualification
  • Must be a member of an ASA club
  • Must be actively officiating and have officiated a minimum of 4 times in the previous 12 months
  • Able to communicate effectively and passionate to inspire other young people
  • Demonstrate good organisational skills and motivated to pass on knowledge to others
  • Committed to learning and continual professional development
  • Committed to the programme for 12 months from December 2014
  • Must be able to attend the National Talent Camp at Loughborough University from the 19 – 22 December

Programme outline

  • Dedicated mentor support
  • Four-day National Camp at Loughborough University
  • Access to a Young Officials Network - support material & e-learning resources
  • Observational opportunities at county or regional championships
  • Opportunity to officiate at the Sainsbury’s National School Games

Applications close at 5 PM on 31 October. Late applications will not be accepted. Accommodation and meals will be provided at the National Camp in December.

The ASA will contribute towards travel expenses for all national opportunities. Accommodation will not be provided for any dates outside of the 19 – 22 December.

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