Role of the Sport

TASS is a partnership between sport and education, with each side bringing resources, expertise and commitment to enhance the support that is available to talented student-athletes.

The sport National Governing Bodies’ (NGBs) contribution to the partnership includes:

  • A commitment to dual career and to embed education within their Talent Pathway. This means understanding the importance of supporting athletes’ studies and adapting sport programmes to better accommodate academic requirements.
  • Ensuring that the local sport-specific coaching infrastructure is in place for TASS athletes.
  • A commitment to develop partnerships with education institutions, for the benefit of the development of the sport system in England.
  • Facilitating an exchange of sport-specific knowledge from within the NGB to the education institutions to enhance the support to other talented-athletes in the sector.
  • Providing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for practitioners within the TASS Network. These include bespoke training courses, networking days and experience of travelling with national teams to training camps and competitions.

Role of the Athlete

The aim of TASS is to help athletes perform to the best of their ability both in their sport and also in their chosen course of study. Balancing both is not easy and the TASS programme is designed to support, assist and advise.

  • Athletes are expected to make good use of the support services on offer and keep in touch with their TASS Delivery Site (TDS) staff.
  • Each athlete is assigned to a TDS depending on their geographical location and need to commit to regularly attend sessions there.
  • An athlete does not need to study at that institution but must be able to regularly access the services provided at their TDS.
  • Athletes are expected to keep TASS informed of any notable competitions, results (sport and academic) and anything else significant during the TASS year.

Role of the Delivery Site

The support services making up an athlete award are provided by and through TASS Delivery Sites (TDS) based at education institutions throughout England. In 2018/19 there are 33 TDSs delivering services to athletes on behalf of TASS.

  • The TDSs are the main point of contact and liaison with the athletes for the day to day operation and management of the Scheme.
  • They are the principle provider of support services including lifestyle support, strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, nutrition, sport psychology and the TASS Medical Scheme.
  • The staff based at the TDSs are experienced in dealing with talented student-athletes and they will work with the athletes throughout the year to support them to balance the demands of their sport, reach their academic potential and meet their targets in both.