The 4J Studios National Athletics Academy

Paddy Burns CEO of 4J Studios (left) and chairman Chris van der Kuyl flank Carmen Neat and Jack Lawrie at the launch of the 4J Studios National Athletics Academy (photo by Bobby Gavin)

The 4J Studios National Athletics Academy is a two-year education programme for developing track and field athletes which aims to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies that will be essential in helping them achieve the overall outcomes of the programme.

The Academy was set up in 2013 to better support and direct young athletes, their coaches and parents as they progress towards senior status. In May 2019, we were delighted to announce a four-year sponsorship agreement with 4J Studios to support the programme.

We feel that, when partnered with hard work and dedication, the opportunities, support and guidance offered will help prepare the athlete ‘teams’ for the challenges ahead – ultimately assisting them to fulfil their performance potential in the sport as seniors.

Downloadable National Academy Brochure

The aims of The 4J Studios National Athletics Academy are:

  • Improved retention rate of our best age group athletes into the Senior ranks
  • Increased representation on GB U18, U20 and U23 teams en route to CWG Birmingham 2022 and beyond
  • Increased representation on GB Senior teams and GB Performance Programme
  • Greater number of young athletes on CWG 2022 team and beyond
  • More medals at CWG Birmingham 2022 and beyond

The benefits of the programme include:

  • Coach education opportunities
  • Athlete education opportunities
  • Parent education opportunities
  • Subsidised event specific competition opportunity
  • Physiotherapy/functional movement screening support
  • Subsidised training camp opportunity
  • Physiotherapy support

Members of The 4J Studios National Athletics Academy from November 2023 are listed below, graduates can be found here

Year 1

Joshua MunginKilbarchan AACJohn Rodger
Rhys CrawfordAberdeenNichola Crawford
Craig ShennanGiffnock NorthDudley Walker
Jamie ConnorGiffnock NorthDudley Walker
Andrew McWilliamsLasswadeLinda/Kirk Smith
Holly OvensFife ACSteven Doig
Scarlett WilsonGiffnock NorthLynne MacDougall
Matilda BrockleyAnnanLinda Nicholson
Louis WhyteMoorfootLinda Nicholson
Bruce RobbPitreavie
Abbey KennedyKilmarnockJim Green
Omar BajoEdinburgh ACBill Walker
Tehillah Ikechukwu-OkonkwoLawThomas McTaggart
Millie McClelland-BrooksInverclydeNorrie Hay
Matthew PowerLivingstonCelia Peerless
Sam FernandoFife ACSteven Doig
Anastasia CotorobaiPitreavieFrancis Smith

Year 2

AthleteClubPower of 10CoachPower of 10
Adam DonnachieStirling UniversityProfileJanelle McGurkProfile
Callum HendryVictoria Park City of GlasgowProfileJohn Costello
Ben HeronNorth Ayrshire AC/Strathclyde UniversityProfileChris BaillieProfile
Freya HowgatePerth Strathtay/Loughborough StudentsProfileJoe McDonnellProfile
Ethan LorimerHarmeny ACProfileAndy RossProfile
Reiss MarshallFife ACProfileSteve DoigProfile
Angela Mcauslan KellyAberdeen AAC/PrincetonProfileJim GreenProfile
Oliver PattonKilbarchan AACProfileRobert HawkinsProfile
Finlay RossHarmeny ACProfileAndrew RossProfile
Matthew TaitDunfermiline Track and FieldProfileAllan SmithProfile
Hannah TaylorAberdeen AAC/UCLProfileNicola CrawfordProfile
Amy TeasdaleKilbarchan AACProfileSarah Dempsey
Cameron ThoresCorstorphine AC/ Stirling UniversityProfileLewis InnesSonya Ellis

Note 1: the initial consideration standards for The 4J Studios National Athletics Academy are the U17 Power of 10 UK 10 targets.

Note 2: The list above reflects the coach and club that each athlete was working with when they entered the Academy

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