The Athletics World Class Pathway is focussed on podium or top 8 success at Olympic and World competitions. For disabled athletes, the target is podium at World Championships and Paralympics.
As outlined in the documents below there are two components of the World Class Pathway, Podium and Development. Athletes currently just below WCPP level will be considered for the UKA Futures Programme.
Membership of the UKA World Class Programme at all three levels outlined above is conditional upon athletes entering into an Athlete Agreement. This agreement, a copy of which can be downloaded from the link below, reflects the fact that the World Class environment is about achieving excellence in everything we do, from meeting challenging performance targets on the sports field to managing ourselves to the highest professional standards. It summarises the services that UKA will provide to the athletes and outlines the responsibilities that our leading athletes are expected to observe.
The funding year for each of these programmes runs from December 1st to the end of November each year, allowing for an end of season review and providing athletes with adequate notice of a change in funding status. At the end of the season, the Athlete Performance Template (the APT which is used with Podium) or the Athlete Performance Potential Template (APPT, used with Development and Talent) are completed for all athletes currently on the programme, plus potential “new recruits” who are being assessed to see if they meet the criteria outlined above.
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