Stoke on Trent College’s Institute of Sports Performance is leading the way with supporting talented athletes in education in England, having been accredited by an innovative new Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) initiative. The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) provides the opportunity for young athletes to get the very best out of their academic and sporting ability, without having to make the hard decision between the two.
TASS currently provides support to over 400 athletes in more than 30 different sports. The athletes are nominated by their national governing body (NGB) and identified as performing at the top of the Sport England Talent Pathway within their sport.
What is the Dual Career Accreditation Scheme?
The Sport England-funded Scheme believes that every young person on a talent pathway should have the opportunity to gain qualifications alongside their sporting pursuits and have the chance to follow other interests and personal development.
And by formally recognising an institution’s commitment to supporting student-athletes, the TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme aims to allow athletes to reach their potential in education alongside achieving success in their sport.
Benefits of the Dual Career Accreditation Scheme
As a Dual Career Accredited Centre, Stoke College will be an important extension of the network of universities that already partner with TASS, delivering core support services to more than 400 student-athletes each year.
These support services include physiotherapy, nutrition, lifestyle support, psychology strength and conditioning and a private medical scheme.
While some of the existing services delivered focus solely on developing the young person’s sporting performance, a dual career support structure and academic flexibility policies will be central to the help available to athletes based at an Accredited Centre.
A designated Dual Career Coordinator will complete the Talented Athlete Support in Transitions and Education (TASTE) course, equipping them with the skills to practice a dual career approach.
Additionally, all Dual Career Accredited Centres receive a toolkit of resources to help provide practical dual career support and bring together all parties who work with the athlete.
For student-athletes, the academic flexibility policies may mean they have the opportunity to access online notes or resources, have a choice of assignments, are able to arrange catch up sessions with lecturers, or even reschedule deadlines or exam dates in exceptional circumstances.
How do I get on this programme?
In order to gain a place on the TASS Dual Accreditation Scheme you will need to apply once enrolled at Stoke-on-Trent College on any academic course. Interviews will then be conducted and decisions made by a panel of highly recognised athletes and administrators within sport.
If you would like anymore information, or would like to apply before you join the college then contact Trevor Humphreys, Institute of Sports Performance Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07786113907.