Dual Career Accreditation Scheme
The TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme allows institutions, both college/sixth forms and universities, to apply to become TASS Dual Career Accredited Centres.
These centres are not accredited based on core service delivery, like our existing 27 delivery sites, but rather based on their ability to support talented athletes on the academic side of their development.
The Scheme expects a certain level of academic flexibility and understanding that allows talented athletes to balance their studies with a hectic sporting schedule.
Accreditation benefits the institution by formally recognising their commitment to supporting student-athletes, subsequently having the potential to attract future talent.
If you feel that the TASS Dual Career Accreditation is of interest to your institution and reflects your institution’s ethos, mission statement and culture then please contact Kirsty O’Connor email@example.com
TASS Potential: Schools Pilot Project
TASS Potential is a pilot scheme in partnership with Teesside University and Canterbury Christ Church University to recognise and support talent in schools. The project will provide a valuable introduction to the services that are part of a TASS Award through bespoke workshops for youngsters aged 11 to 16. The universities will be working with four schools respectively, and a total of 40 talented student athletes.
All athletes benefitting from the project have been identified as at the talent level for their age, and show potential in Olympic or Paralympic sports that are not traditionally supported in the schools’ sports programmes. Teaching will provide students with a taster of the TASS support services such as strength and conditioning, psychology and nutrition.
The long term goal of TASS Potential is to educate talented school children about balancing life as a student athlete and prepare them for a Dual Career. Teesside University will start delivering the programme in January 2017, with Canterbury expected to begin later in the year.
Ladies European Tour Project
We’re currently working with the Ladies European Tour (LET) to create a Dual Career Advice Service for players on tour. The project is in progress following a TASS visit to the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters in September 2016.
Whilst on the trip, TASS Institutions Lead, Kirsty O’Connor delivered a workshop to the rookie players explaining the concept of Dual Career, as well as surveying the athletes’ needs.
The results of the survey will now be used to inform and develop a proposal for the LET’s Dual Career Advice Service based on similar programmes delivered at home and abroad.
British Army Partnership
TASS has teamed up with the British Army to provide support services to a total of 32 talented army athletes.
Launched in September 2016, the project follows a pilot scheme in boxing and shooting, and now covers a variety of sports at a number of delivery sites.
Backed by Major Heather Stanning, the partnership means we’re working closely with the Army Elite Sport Programme (AESP) in supporting a selection of the army’s top athletes.
LTA Player-Coach Programme
The Player-Coach Programme has been running since January 2016 in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and supports six talented tennis players across five delivery sites.
The athletes are all currently competing on an international circuit whilst studying to qualify up to Level 4 LTA coaching qualification.
The 20-month programme gives the players a fantastic opportunity to combine a full time tennis programme whilst developing their coaching qualifications, skills and experience.
Thereby supporting the transition of athletes from playing to coaching, whilst also enhancing the tennis coaching provision across the TASS network.
Orienteering at Sheffield Universities
Since Spring 2016, TASS has been part of a unique four-way partnership with British Orienteering, University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University to enhance the support for the existing ‘Sheffield Centre of Excellence for orienteering’.
The support consists of a bespoke programme including physiology and sports science testing for orienteering athletes who are studying at either of the city’s two universities.
The programme is proving to be an invaluable support for the nine talented athletes in a non-Olympic sport that receives limited funding.
Water Polo Project
TASS is once again working in collaboration with Water Polo to develop support for the sport’s talent pathway.
Six age group level athletes have been selected to receive full TASS Awards in 2016/17 with the aim to nurture talent in a sport that receives little funding.
The project has also been beneficial in establishing a partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University who are now working as a water polo specific delivery site.
Volleyball at Petroc College
In early 2017 TASS is launching a FE programme to support six talented volleyball athletes at Petroc College.
The pilot project will be delivered through a workshops focussing on the three key services: strength and conditioning, psychology/lifestyle and physiotherapy.
Workshops are being developed by Volleyball England lead practitioners and there’s expected to be a total of fifteen sessions.
The project aims to support athletes earlier in their pathway and to develop a programme and materials which could potentially be rolled out nationwide.
Golf at Hartpury College and University
We’ve teamed up with Hartpury College FE Golf Academy to provide additional support for 24 athletes aged 16-18 who are studying at the college.
The pilot project, which began in November 2016, aims to support the development of Hartpury HE Golf Academy programme.
This support will be achieved through the enhanced development of the FE golfers, leading to higher retention rates of more talented athletes.