National Talent Camp 2016/17 – applications now open

Are you a young coach aged 16-18 who is keen to develop, learn new skills and meet other young coaches? Are you a young official aged 15-18 who would like to gain more experience and develop along the technical officials pathway?

If you aspire to be a top coach or international official, applications are now open for the 2016/17 National Talent Camp!

What is the National Talent Camp?

The National Talent Camp is a four day residential developed and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust in partnership with Loughborough University, and funded by Sport England. The camp offers the opportunity for 350 young athletes, coaches and officials to come together as part of a unique experience.

The camp takes place from the 16 – 19 December 2016 and will offer young coaches, officials and athletes the opportunity to challenge themselves and learn what it takes to be the best. The National Talent Camp is a globally unique event in that it not only tests and challenges the attendees in an intense multi-sport environment, but it is multi-disciplinary with athletes, coaches and officials sharing the experience and developing in the same environment.

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

Who is involved?

The 350 young people will be selected by their National Governing Body, and will be representative of 10 different sports:

  1. Aquatics
  2. Baseball/Softball
  3. Basketball
  4. Boccia
  5. Cycling
  6. Football
  7. Gymnastics
  8. Tennis
  9. Volleyball
  10. Wheelchair Basketball

We are looking for 15 young swimming, diving or water polo coaches, and eight young swimming officials for the aquatic open applications. The process is open now and applications will close at 5pm on 16 September 2016.

Late applications will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified whether or not they have been successful during the week commencing 26 September.

Eligibility and How To Apply

Young Swimming, Water Polo or Diving Coaches Programme details

Eligibility

  • Must be aged 16-18 (year 11 – 13) and in full time education for the duration of the camp (please note: university applicants or those who will be at university during the camp will not be accepted)
  • You currently hold (or be booked to attend before December) a UKCC Level 1 Coaching or Teaching Qualification in Swimming
  • You are actively coaching in an ASA club which is swim21 accredited or working towards
  • Be able to communicate effectively and passionate to inspire other young people
  • Must demonstrate good organisational skills and motivated to pass on knowledge to others
  • Will commit to learning and continual professional development
  • Will commit to the programme for 12 months from December 2016
  • Must be able to attend the National Talent Camp at Loughborough University from the 16th – 19th December
  • Evidence of support from the Head Coach including mentoring support from an experienced member of the club (preferred but not mandatory)

Programme Outline for Young Coaches

  • We will identify club mentors
  • Opportunity to become part of a young coach network
  • Supported to create a personal development plan
  • Opportunity to attend a Development Day at an ASA/British Swimming National Event
  • Observational opportunity at a local performance club
  • Invitation to attend appropriate England Talent Coaching Development Opportunities (national or regional)

Apply for the Young Swimming, Water Polo or Diving Coaches programme

To download an application for the Young Swimming, Water Polo or Diving Coaches programme click here.

Young Swimming Officials Programme details

Eligibility

  • Must be aged 15-18 (year 11 – 13) and in full time education for the duration of the camp (please note: university applicants or those who will be at university during the camp will not be accepted)
  • Must currently hold or be working towards your British Swimming Judge Level 1
  • Must be a member of an ASA club
  • Must be actively officiating and have officiated a minimum of four times in the previous 12 months
  • Be able to communicate effectively and are passionate to inspire other young people
  • Demonstrate good organisational skills and motivated to pass on knowledge to others
  • Will commit to learning and continual professional development
  • Will commit to the programme for 12 months from December 2016
  • Must be able to attend the National Talent Camp at Loughborough University from the 16th – 19th December.
  • Evidence of support from your club including mentor support (preferred but not mandatory)

Programme Outline for Young Officials

  • We will identify club mentors
  • Access to a young officials network
  • Supported to create a personal development plan
  • Opportunity to attend county/regional events to officiate or observe
  • Increased communication support through Regional Officials Co-ordinators
  • Opportunity to officiate at the National Sainsbury’s Level 4 School Games

Apply for the Young Officials programme

To download an application for the Young Officials programme click here.

Completed forms should be returned to volunteering@swimming.org or posted to ASA Volunteering, SportPark, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough, LE11 3QF.

Questions?

If you are unsure if you meet the criteria for the programme or if you have any questions regarding the opportunity then please do not hesitate to get in contact via volunteering@swimming.org.

Young synchronised swimming coaches or officials, can contact volunteering@swimming.org directly for
more information on how to apply.

Please note: 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 activities that take place outside of the 16th – 19th December.

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