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 October 2019 are listed below, graduates can be found here

Year 1

AthleteClubPower of 10CoachPower of 10
Alyson BellGiffnock NorthProfileBilly GlasgowProfile
Peter BradshawInverclydeProfileNorrie HayProfile
Katie BurrVictoria Park COGProfileIain Burr
David Watson
Moira Jordan

Anna HedleyFife ACProfileMick WoodsProfile
Leah KeislerLaw and DistrictProfileMichael LoveProfile
Kyle McAulayVictoria Park COGProfileAlan ForbesProfile
Craig MoncurExeterProfileGraham MoncurProfile
Finlay WaughGiffnock NorthProfileMichael LoveProfile

Year 2

AthleteClubPower of 10CoachPower of 10
Bera AjalaEdinburgh ACProfileJohn ScottProfile
Scott BrindleyNorth Ayrshire ACProfileMark StringerProfile
Isla CalvertLivingstonProfileSandra Hardacre
Kane ElliotFalkirk VHProfileWillie Sharp
Joe EwingEdinburgh ACProfileCarol SharpProfile
Murray FotheringhamGiffnock NorthProfileColin SinclairProfile
Georgia LedinghamCorstorphineProfileDavid ArnottProfile
Reuben NairneGiffnock North/ Glasgow CityProfileBrian Donaldson
Carmen NeatAberdeen AACProfileKen AllanProfile
Callum NewbyEdinburgh ACProfileDerek JohnstonProfile
Ellie O HaraEdinburgh ACProfileLinda NicholsonProfile
Magnus TaitLasswadeProfileLinda SmithProfile
Sarah TaitLasswadeProfileLinda SmithProfile
Keira WaddellEdinburgh ACProfileDougie CameronProfile
Eloise WalkerEdinburgh ACProfileAndy YoungProfile

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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