Throughout the TASS network, it’s the practitioners who deliver support directly to athletes. Developing these practitioners is integral to TASS.

To ensure the quality and consistency of the support offered, we maintain close contact with our practitioners and offer opportunities for them to develop new skills and gain extra qualifications.

Each year TASS runs a programme of Continuing Professional Development in order to update practitioners with new information and further develop their knowledge. These events are free and open to practitioners working with TASS athletes (including TDS, WSL, NGB).

Current CPD events/workshops

Throughout 2021, TASS is hosting a number of CPD opportunities, including the following:

  • 07/09/21 11:00 - 12:00 - Sports-Related Concussion; impact on academics in university student-athletes
  • 21/09/21 11:00 - 12:00 - TASS Practitioner Induction - What you need to know if you're new to TASS
  • 22/09/21 09:30 - 17:00 - UKAD Educator Training Course Part 1
  • 29/09/21 09:00 - 17:00 - UKAD Educator Training Course Part 2
  • 27/09/21 10:00 - 12:30 - Safeguarding & Protecting Children
  • 04/10/21 17:00 - 18:30 - Exploring high performing teams: The case of the coach and the athlete working in partnership
  • 11/10/21 19:00 - 20:30 - Lessons learned for effective communication with others
  • 12/10/21 10:00 - 12:00 - Harnessing the Power of Athlete Identity and Values
  • 18/10/21 18:00 - 19:30 - Operating and interacting in a team
  • 20/10/21 09:00 - 13:00 - MHFA Youth Mental Health Aware
  • 21/10/21 09:30 - 17:00 - UKAD Educator Training Course Part 1
  • 28/10/21 09:00 - 17:00 - UKAD Educator Training Course Part 2
  • 10/11/21 10:00 - 16:00 - Disability Awareness for TASS Practitioners
  • 18/11/21 10:00 - 15:00 - Blood flow restriction training for rehabilitation, recovery and performance
  • 06/12/21 09:15 - 11:30 - Mental Health First Aider course (Day 1)
  • 07/12/21 09:30 - 11:30 - Mental Health First Aider course (Day 2)
  • 13/12/21 09:30 - 11:30 - Mental Health First Aider course (Day 3)
  • 14/12/21 09:30 - 11:30 - Mental Health First Aider course (Day 4)
  • 14/12/21 11:00 - 12:30 - Understanding Intersectionality
  • 12/01/22 11:00 - 12:30 - Recognising Privilege
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Investing in our Practitioners

In addition to the TASS CPD programme, practitioners are eligible to apply for up to £400 TASS funding to attend a course, conference, event or workshop, which allows them to extend their knowledge in a chosen area. Contact us for more details

We encourage our network to develop to ensure that they can practice safely, legally and effectively, always offering the best advice to TASS athletes.

If you’re a TASS practitioner who would like more information about CPD opportunities, please contact ralph.appleby@tass.gov.uk

Lifestyle Education Courses

‘Lifestyle’ is recognised as an important support service, enabling athletes to balance sport with their life. In order to raise awareness of, and develop skills in the area of Lifestyle support, TASS have developed an education pathway. It may be that you simply want to broaden your understanding of the area, or that you’re considering becoming a Lifestyle Advisor. Have a look at the courses we have on offer:

  • an eLearning module for those wishing to gain greater knowledge in the area of Lifestyle Support. 
  • the Level 2 Award ‘Understanding an Athlete’s Lifestyle’  
  • the Level 3 Certificate in ‘Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support’ (TALS) 
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TASTE (Talented Athlete Support in Transitions and Education)

In order to support more dual career athletes, TASS give sixth-form/colleges and universities the opportunity to become part of our network of dual career accredited sites. Achieving this accolade means that an institution has proven its ability to provide academic support and flexibility to its talented student athletes, as well as dual career support in the form of a workshop programme. As part of the accreditation process, a representative from each institution must complete the TASTE course, in order to become the designated Dual Career Coordinator (DCC) within their institution. The TASTE course aims to empower each DCC, build their awareness of the demands, challenges and key transitions that a dual career athlete may face, as well as facilitating the sharing of best practice around creating an environment that is aligned to the TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme.

If you would like more details about the TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme or the TASTE course, please contact kirsty.field@tass.gov.uk

Lifestyle Support

Possibly the least well-understood area of support is ‘Lifestyle’, and yet it provides the foundation for every dual-career athlete. To manage a successful dual career, balancing the demands of education/training with the commitment required to be an elite athlete, it’s essential that an athlete’s lifestyle is fit to cope.

Lifestyle advisors are key, helping athletes to become more organised, more able to identify and resolve challenges and also to pinpoint goals and understand how to achieve them. This support may be delivered in a one-2-one session, in workshops, using resources or sometimes by signposting to experts within one area.