SAL National Academy

The National 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. 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 National 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 National Academy from October 2018 are listed below:

Year 1

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 ACProfileJohn LeesProfile

Year 2

AthleteClubPower of 10CoachPower of 10
Fraser AngusGiffnock NorthProfileRyan McAllisterProfile
Matt ChandlerCentral ACProfileIain McEwanProfile
Adam ClaytonGiffnock NorthProfileRyan McAllisterProfile
Kirsty CostelloKilbarchanProfileChris Bennett
Robbie FarquharAberdeen AACProfileKenny LyonProfile
Naomi LangAberdeen AACProfileJohn LeesProfile
Seumas MackayShetland AACProfileDavid WagstaffProfile
Stephen MacKenzieInverness HarriersProfileDianne MackenzieProfile
Lewis PentecostFalkirk VHProfileJohn PentecostProfile
Cameron WrightKilbarchan AACProfileRobert HawkinsProfile

Note: the initial consideration standards for the National Academy are the U17 Power of 10 UK 10 targets

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