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Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE)

  • Organisation: Skills Active
  • Theme: Learning Mobility
  • When: Since 2004
  • Scope: UK based project

Topic: Support and guidance to learning mobility / Awareness raising campaign / Concrete activities and funding stream

Sector: Generic / Youth / Sport oriented

Funding: Skills Funding Agency – sometimes with the support of the European Commission through the Leonardo Initial Vocational Training

Brief description of the initiative (aim and activities): The programme is meant to ensure top young athletes seeking to perform at the highest level receive the support and training they need to succeed in elite sport. The programme has also been designed so that if an athlete falls short of their ultimate goal, they have the skills, knowledge and qualifications to pursue a secondary of supplementary career. The Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) is a sports performance programme. It provides a structured training and development route across a number of sports for talented young athletes (aged 16-19), who have a real chance of excelling in their sport; either by competing on the world stage or securing a professional contract. The programme length varies depending on the sport but can be from 12 months to 24 months. It includes a Mobility experience of 2 weeks (sometimes 4) built in to 2 year programme at end of first year.

Target: 16-19 year olds elite athletes.

Main results: There are currently more than 2500 athletes on the AASE throughout England. More than 20 sports are currently involved in the AASE, including football, rugby union, rowing, boxing, tennis, swimming, and disability including a large number of Olympic and Commonwealth sports. Successful examples of standardized mobility schemes are well documented within the South Gloucestershire College, the Lawn Tennis Association and the Scottish Football Association.

Factors of success: -

Barriers overcome: -

Website/contact: http://www.skillsactive.com/aase

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