Another chance to try out for Futures Athlete Development Programme as current stars shine on international stage

15 March 2018

Talented young sportspeople have another opportunity to try out for the Team Bath Futures Athlete Development Programme at a free screening day taking place next month.

It is taking place at the University of Bath Sports Training Village from 8.45am to around 2pm on Saturday, April 7, and will test the physical fitness, speed and power of current and aspiring members of the talent development scheme.

Athletes currently on the programme – which provides access to bespoke coaching sessions in the world-class STV facilities, designed to maximise gains and reduce the risk of injury at each stage of their growth and maturation – have been enjoying great success recently.

Sprint canoeist Ed Nightingale (pictured) has been selected to stroke for British Canoeing in the K4 500m in April, where they will be looking to secure European Championships selection; skier Max Schubert was crowned as top U16 boy at competitions in Italy and Switzerland; and fencer Bronwen Granville of Bath Sword Club has been named in the GBR U20 and Cadet squads for ladies’ foil.

Nightingale, who has won bronze at the European Youth Olympic Festival and four British Junior National Championships titles in the past year, said: “Futures gives me a well-constructed gym programme to develop my overall skills as an athlete and enhance my strength.

“My programme is periodised so that it lines up with my needs during the season, meaning that I can be confident of peaking at exactly the right time for selection and racing. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am internationally without the support I have had from my coach and the Futures Programme over the last few years.”

Team Bath Futures athlete Max Schubert has enjoyed great success on the slopes recently

Skier Schubert does his land-based training with the Futures Programme at the University’s Sports Training Village and it is helping his performances on the snow, with the North Hill House School pupil from Frome finishing first in the slalom and top U16 boy overall at the Artemis British Inter-school Ski Challenge in Pila, Italy.

Representing the CDC Performance team, Schubert repeated that achievement at Aiglon Cup in Villars, Switzerland, where his slalom time was the fastest overall – quicker than the U18 and U21 competitors.

Athletes recently added to the programme are also already seeing benefits, with trampolinist Nina Walter saying: “I have seen a positive change in my performance – it has helped me to become stronger and learn new skills to progress in my sport. The coaches are encouraging and the sessions are always enjoyable.”

The Team Bath Futures Athlete Development Programme is open to sportspeople aged between ten and 18 who already compete for a club or at regional level or above in their chosen sport, or who show great athletic potential and are looking for a sport to suit them.

The deadline to sign up for the screening day is 5pm on Monday, March 26 and parents and coaches are welcome to attend with the athletes. Participants will also receive an introduction to physiotherapy, one of the many support services provided to Futures athletes along with, lifestyle management and well-being support.

For more information or to register an interest, contact Futures Development Officer Julia Bailey on 01225 386670 or email talent-development@bath.ac.uk.

Click here to find out more about the Team Bath Futures Athlete Development Programme.
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