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british athletics Futures Programme 2015/16


British Athletics Futures Programme 2015-16 (incorporating Para Futures Programme 2015-16)

Programme Outline

“Futures” is a British Athletics support programme for athletes and their coaches which underpins the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP).  The 2015-16 programme runs from 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2016 and will continue British Athletics’ drive towards more targeted support for athletes and their coaches.

The Futures programme targets athletes with the potential to meet the aims of WCPP within 2-3 years – typically those with dates of birth 1994 – 1998 but with flexibility to support older athletes deemed an exceptional case for support. The Para Futures programme allows for a greater degree of flexibility around age, but with the same ethos around WCPP potential. 

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 2015-16 programme, athlete-coach pairs will be considered and, if selected by the Selection Panel [1], invited to join the programme in December 2015.  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(1 December 2015) and failure to do so could result in the athlete being removed from the programme or their invitation withdrawn.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


  • By application, financial assistance (up to £500 [2]) toward individual development plans and supporting the athlete(s) in training and competition.
  • Mentoring and support as appropriate  - linked into the British Athletics High Performance Institute and Coaches and the National Coach Development Programme (in England) as applicable
  • Nike Futures kit drop


  • Financial assistance (up to £1500) towards training and competition costs
  • BOA Olympic Passport
  • Medical Insurance Scheme, as appropriate 
  • Access to EIS doctors and physiotherapy and other support services by agreement through British Athletics, partner organisations or approved providers (via athlete’s budget)
  • Media advice and guidance
  • Nike Futures kit drop for non-contracted athletes’

Athletes based primarily overseas may be considered for Futures support on a case-by-case basis.  NB the level of support for athlete and coach may differ from the above, based on individual circumstances.  Coaches based overseas cannot be supported via this programme.

Note:  Athletes selected for Futures who attend full-time education / 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 2015-16 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) within 2-3 years.  The Panel will make their selection at the beginning of November 2015, following the WCPP selection process.


The Panel will consider athletes from the following categories:

1.        Para Athletes nominated by Paralympic Head Coach and Futures & Talent Manager

2.        Athletes who attained an individual medal at either the 2015 European Junior Championships or 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships

3.        Athletes who attained relay medal or top 5 place at the 2015 European Junior Championships or a top 8 place at the 2015 World Youth Championships

4.        Athletes considered a ‘wildcard’ by the relevant Head of Event Group (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 the consideration of the panel (including exceptional U23 cases for support).

Athletes on the current 2014-15 programme will have their position on the programme reviewed, based on their 2015 season performances, individual circumstances, input from Development Manager, Futures and Talent Manager and Heads of Event Groups (or individuals nominated to act in this respect).  Athletes will be considered for a further years’ support IF they make one of the selection categories above.

Consideration Factors

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 aims of WCPP within 2-3 years a realistic prospect e.g. athletes with rising profiles, consistency, positive championship ability/results (feedback around attitude and behaviour at Championships) 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 Team GB at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, World and IPC World Championships can be included on the Futures programme.

Athletes with a current illness or injury, or a history of past serious injuries or illnesses will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  All athletes invited onto the 2015-16 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 and British Athletics website from mid-October.

Coaches of these athletes will still be considered for priority nomination for development opportunities and should contact Jo Summers, British Athletics Development Manager, for further information if required - jsummers@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 Athletics website (mid-November 2015) to Development Manager, Jo Summers - jsummers@britishathletics.org.uk   The relevant Head of Event Group and Development Manager 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:

Voting members

Jo Summers - Development Manager (Chair)                 

Heads of Event Groups and/or nominated event group representatives:

Sprints & Hurdles

Jumps & CE


Katie Jones – Futures and Talent Manager

Non-voting members

Michael Cavendish - Performance Programme Manager / Independent observer

Ian Hodge - Statistician

Medical representative – Rob Chakraverty

Minutes – Sharon Morris

Screens and support – Charlie Burn, Lisa Richardson

[2]        Maximum development funding any coach can apply for is £1000, regardless of number of athletes coached who are selected.   

British Athletics employed coaches will not qualify for coach development funding.