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World Class Swimming Programme

It can take athletes years to develop the skills and competitive maturity required to win medals in the world’s toughest sporting arenas. In recognising this UK Sport’s approach to funding reflects that journey and works on the basis of an athlete pathway with three clear and distinct levels that make up the World Class Pathway.

Podium and Podium Potential Programmes

The two major components of the World Class Swimming Programme are the Podium and Podium Potential programmes.  The Home Countries (ASA, WASA and SASA) manage the Talent level programme, with links into the Podium Potential programme, with all aiming to work cohesively to provide a seamless World Class Pathway.

  • Podium - supports athletes possessing genuine and strong medal potential at the next Olympic Games in Rio (a maximum of four years away from the Podium). 
  • Podium Potential - compises athletes whose performances indicate they have realistic capabilities for making the Olympic Team in 2016 and medal potential at those Games or in 2020.
  • Talent - designed to support the identification and conformation of athletes who have the potential to progress through the World Class Pathway.

Investment Guidlines

Investment guidlines for membership of the Podium and Podium Potential Programmes for the year 1st November 2014 to 31st OCtober 2015 can be found here.

For further information about membership of the Podium Programme for the year 1 November 2013 to 31 October 2014 and for the Podium Potential Programme 1 November 2013 to 31 October 2014 view the documents to the left.  Both of these policies should be read in conjuntion with the World Class Swimming Programme Road to Rio policy document.  Please click here for a list of athletes on the current Podium Programme (1st November 2013 to 31st October 2014) and here for a list of athletes on the current Podium Potential Programme (1st November 2013 to 31st October 2014)

TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme)

The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) is a Government funded initiative providing a unique partnership between National Governing Bodies of sport and higher/further education establishments in England.  The aim of the programme is:

  • Maintain a balance between training as a performance athlete and academic life.
  • Bridge the gap between non-funding grass roots sport and world-class sport.

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