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

In 2020, TASS is hosting a number of CPD opportunities, including the following:

  • 02/12/2020 10:00 - 16:00 - Disability Awareness (online)
  • 12/01/2021 10:00 - 12:00 - Love and Compassion in Performance Sport (online)
  • 18/01/2021 11:00 - 12:00 - Conscious Inclusion (online)
  • 25/01/2021 10:00 - 12.30 - Part 1 - Youth Mental Health First Aid (online)
  • 26/01/2021 10:00 - 12.30 - Part 2 - Youth Mental Health First Aid (online)
  • 01/02/2021 10:00 - 12.30 - Part 3 - Youth Mental Health First Aid (online)
  • 02/02/2021 10:00 - 12.30 - Part 4 - Youth Mental Health First Aid (online)
  • 03/02/2021 10:00 - 12:30 - Using Lower Body Calisthenics to Enhance Athleticism
  • 10/02/2021 18:00 - 19:30 - Effective Performance Teams - Think Cocktails, Not Tequila! (online)
  • 01/03/2021 09:00 - What a coach does and the influence it can have on our athletes
  • 22/03/2021 10:00 - 12:30 - Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop (Online)
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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

TALS (Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support)

The TALS qualification has been developed in partnership with 1st4Sport with the objective of giving practitioners the knowledge and skills that they need to provide lifestyle support to talented athletes. Being a Lifestyle Advisor is a rewarding and responsible role and practitioners must understand and adhere to the expectations of conduct and behaviour that is demanded of them.

Attendees receive an introduction to the principles and practice of supporting and advising talented athletes in education, as well as guiding their personal development and lifestyle.

The qualification provides the theoretical and practical foundation for any individual advising or mentoring talented athletes and is a requirement for delivering lifestyle support as part of TASS.

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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.