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british athletics Futures Programme


Programme Outline

“Futures” is a British Athletics support programme for athletes and their coaches which underpins the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP).  The 2013-14 programme runs from 1 December 2013 to 30 November 2014 and will continue British Athletics’ drive towards more targeted support for athletes and their coaches.

The Futures programme targets athletes with the potential to be selected to the WCPP within two years – typically those with dates of birth 1994 – 1997 but with flexibility to support older athletes deemed an exceptional case for support.  Athletes and their coaches’ individual development plans will be supported based on their agreed annual plan, allowing for flexibility and individual discretion around distribution of resources.

For the 2013-14 programme, athlete-coach pairs will be considered and, if selected by the Selection Panel [1], invited to join the programme in December 2013.  Athletes retained or invited onto the programme will be asked to submit, with their coaches, an annual plan, including competition and training plans and a proposed budget.  These must be received before the programme start date (1 December 2013) and failure to do so could result in the athlete being removed from the programme or their invitation withdrawn.

Places on Futures are limited and therefore the programme works in line with SportsAid to nominate further athletes for priority, national and ‘extra’ support to assist with their development plans (see below).

Programme Benefits


  • Financial assistance (up to £500 [2]) towards support for their individual development plan and supporting the athlete(s) in training and competition
  • Specialist workshops to support coaches involved with developing elite athletes
  • Mentoring and support as appropriate  - linked into the British Athletics Staff Coaches and the National Coach Development Programme (in England) if applicable



  • Financial assistance (up to £1500) towards training and competition costs
  • BOA Olympic Passport
  • Medical Insurance 
  • Access to doctor and soft tissue therapy (eg physiotherapy) through British Athletics, partner organisations or other approved providers
  • Other service access by agreement, through British Athletics, partner organisations or approved providers (via athlete’s budget)


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Note: Athletes selected for Futures who attend University may be additionally nominated to receive some of the above support services via the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS). NB: Not all Universities may be part of the British Athletics / TASS scheme and places for TASS support are limited.




Selection process

Places on the 2013-14 Futures programme are limited. The purpose of the Selection Panel [1] is to prioritise athletes who have the best chance to meet the aims of the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP).  The Panel will make their selection at the end of October 2013, following the WCPP selection process.

The Panel will consider athletes in the following categories:

1.        Athletes currently on the 2012-13 Futures programme

All athletes currently on Futures will have their position on the programme reviewed, based on their 2013 season performances, individual circumstances, input from British Athletics Development Manager and Event Group Lead staff input (or British Athletics nominated individual to act in this respect).

2.        Athletes not currently on the Futures programme who attained a medal at the 2013 World Youth or European Junior Championships.

3.        Athletes who attained a 4th to 8th place finish at the 2013 World Youth or European Junior Championships.

4.        Athletes considered a ‘wildcard’ by the relevant Event Group Lead staff (or British Athletics nominated individual to act in this respect).

An additional group of athletes considered to have high potential for future World and Olympic success may be identified by and presented for consideration of the panel. 

For developing athletes in the tier just below WCPP, analysis of performance alone is not an adequate predictor of future success.  Therefore the selection process will strongly consider factors which make reaching the WCPP within two years a realistic prospect e.g. athletes with rising profiles, consistency, positive championship ability/results and positive training environments.  Any special circumstances around these or other factors may also be considered when making selections.

Only athletes eligible to compete for TeamGB at the Olympic Games can be included on the Futures programme.

Athletes with existing injuries or illness would not normally be added to the programme; athletes with a history of past serious injuries or illnesses will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  All athletes invited onto the 2013-14 programme will be required to complete a medical form and, if deemed necessary by British Athletics’ Chief Medical Officer, undergo further examination to assess their medical status.  Any falsification on the medical forms may lead to removal from the programme.


British Athletics will recommend a number of the unsuccessful Futures candidates to SportsAid for a Priority Award.  However, in order to be considered for SportsAid awards, athletes must complete a SportsAid online application form.  Details of how to apply will be available on the Home Countries athletics websites.

Coaches of these athletes will still be considered for priority nomination for development opportunities and should contact Jo Jennings, British Athletics Development Manager, for further information if required - jjennings@britishathletics.org.uk


Grounds for appeal are limited to cases where it is felt that a decision has been reached on the basis of an error of fact or the selection process was not followed.  Only individuals excluded from the programme are entitled to appeal regarding their own individual case.  All such appeals should be made within 10 working days of the announcement of the Futures Programme on the British Athleticswebsite (early November 2013) to Development Manager, Jo Jennings - jjennings@britishathletics.org.uk   The Head of Coaching and Development, Development Manager and the relevant Event Group representative will consider the query and if necessary, refer the decision back to the Selection Panel for re-consideration.  The athlete will be notified of the decision in writing along with reasons for the decision.


[1] Selection Panel will consist of

Voting members

Peter Stanley - Head of Coaching and Development

Event Group Leads and/or event group representative as nominated by the Head of Coaching and Development / Head Coach:

Sprints – Tony Hadley                              Horizontal Jumps – Femi Akinsanya

Hurdles – James Hillier                             Javelin – David Parker

Endurance – Martin Rush                         Heavy Throws – Malcolm Fenton

High Jump & Pole Vault – Alan Richardson   Combined Events – Julie Holman


Non-voting members


Jo Jennings - Development Manager (Chair)

Michael Cavendish - Performance Programme Manager

Ian Hodge - Statistician

Medical representative

Note taker to keep meeting minutes

Independent observer


[2]        Maximum award for any coach will be £1000, regardless of number of athletes coached who are selected.

British Athletics employed coaches will not qualify for a coach award.