STANFORD athlete, Hayley Mclean is amongst seven gold medallists from the 2013 European Junior and World Youth Championships that have been invited to join the British Athletics Futures Programme for 2013-14 reports Britishathletics.co.uk.
The Futures Programme – which underpins the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) – was created five years ago to provide more targeted support for young talented athletes and their coaches.
It focuses on athletes who show the potential to ultimately achieve future success at the IAAF World Championships or Olympic Games, have the potential to be selected to the WCPP within two years and are typically in the 17- 20 age range, but with flexibility towards athletes who are deemed an exceptional case for support.
British Athletics Head of Coaching Peter Stanley said:
“The British Athletics Futures Programme is evidently going strength to strength. Year on year we are seeing an encouraging number of athletes progressing onto the World Class Performance Programme.
“This year British Athletics is supporting our second highest intake of athlete and coach pairings since the inauguration of the Futures programme. We believe this is a strong group of talented athletes. The programme works closely with athletes and their coaches to provide the right support both on and off the track to improve their results and raise their profile.”
British Athletics’ Development Manager Jo Jennings said:
“The aim of the Futures Programme is to support the next generation of champions and their coaches. We are delighted to assist the 28 athletes and coach pairings with their development plans and aid their future success.
“By providing athletes financial assistance and medical support, as well as coach development funding, the programme will help athletes follow in the footsteps of previous Futures athletes such as Robbie Grabarz, Holly Bleasdale, Andrew Pozzi, Danny Talbot and Emelia Gorecka.
“Dina Asher-Smith is a role model for this group of Futures athletes. Only last year she was on this programme and now she is a World Championships bronze medallist on the World Class Performance Programme.
“By supporting pairs around their own programmes, allowing for more flexibility and better distribution of resources, this will be to the benefit of the sport in future years.”