British Judo Centre of Excellence

GB ACADEMY PROGRAMME

British Judo made the decision in 2016 to invest World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) resources into the establishment of an Academy programme that sits beneath the Podium Potential level.

The purpose of the GB Academy is to act as a confirmation programme for athletes who have demonstrated a level of performance at Home Nation level and have been identified as possessing the potential to progress onto the WCPP.

The GB Academy also acts as a transition programme to allow athletes the time to become familiar with the processes and demands of the WCPP before progressing.

Recognising that young people have a number of education commitments during the 16-19 year age group, British Judo has two programmes, Full Time Academy and Part Time Academy.

Players are nominated through their Home Nation Performance Lead, details on the application process can be found in the Identification Policy.

The 2018 Identification Policy can be found on the BJA website: CLICK HERE

The closing dates for applications can be found below:

  • Full Time Academy: 1st March 2018
  • Part Time Academy: 31st May 2018

HOME NATION CONTACTS

Scotland Euan Burton euan.burton@sissport.com

Gary Edwards garyedwards@judoscotland.com

England Nicole Nunn nicole.nunn@britishjudo.org.uk

Sandra Klinger sandra.klinger@britishjudo.org.uk

Northern Ireland Ciaran Ward nijudo@houseofsport.net
Wales Darren Warner darren.warner@welshjudo.com

George Bountakis george.bountakis@welshjudo.com

 

FULL TIME ACADEMY

Athletes will be based at the British Judo Centre of Excellence on a full time basis with a programme that mirrors that of the Podium Potential Juniors and still allows a level of flexibility for education.

It is expected that a Full Time Academy athlete will normally spend a maximum of 24 months on the Academy programme, before transitioning to the World Class Performance Programme

Full Time Academy players will be provided with the following support:

  • A GB Performance Coach
  • On-site accommodation at the British Judo Centre of Excellence
  • BOA Medical Insurance (Level 1)
  • Access to Sport Science & Medicine support
  • Access to Performance Lifestyle support
  • A Competition & Training Camp programme based on the player’s individual requirements (IAP)

ACADEMY – PART TIME:

Part Time athletes will be based at the British Judo Centre of Excellence on a part time basis. Athletes are expected to attend all the Part Time Academy Camps which will be arranged around School Holidays and weekends. These dates will be made available to players upon induction.

All Academy players are expected to progress in order to achieve goals and expectations agreed with WCPP and Home Nation Staff, these are set in line with the British Judo What It Takes To Win model.

Athletes that are achieving these milestones will be considered for progression through the pathway onto either Full Time Academy or World Class Performance Programme.

Part Time Academy Athletes are identified on an annual basis with all athletes required to reapply for the programme.

Athletes who fail to be renewed will work with the Performance Pathway Manager, Academy Coach and Home Nation Lead to develop a personalised transition plan. This plan will be discussed after identifications have been made.

Part Time Academy players will be provided with the following support:

  • A GB Performance Coach
  • On-site accommodation at the British Judo Centre of Excellence during camps
  • Access to Sport Science & Medicine support
  • Access to Performance Lifestyle support at camps.
  • A Competition & Training Camp programme based on the player’s individual requirements (IAP). This will be linked to the player’s Home Nation Programme Lead.

PART TIME CAMPS

2018 2019
20-23 February TBC
27-29 April TBC
28 – 31 May TBC
14-17 August TBC
9-11 Nov TBC

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • If selected onto the GB Academy will I receive funding?
  1. No, the GB Academy is a non-funded programme. Players receive substantial benefits including medical insurance (Full Time Only) and on-site accommodation but no financial award. Financial awards (Athlete Performance Awards) are only provided when a player moves onto the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP).
  • If I am too young to start on the GB Academy can I apply and then start when I meet the minimum age?
  1. No, the application must be made during the December to April window with a view to start the following August.
  • Can I continue to train at my club as a GB Academy athlete?
  1. If invited onto the Part-time GB Academy programme then you will continue to train in your club or Home Nation programme. If a player is selected onto the Full-time GB Academy programme then you will relocate and train at the British Judo Centre of Excellence under the responsibility of a GB Performance Coach on a full time basis. You will be encouraged to keep a strong link to your club and club coach throughout your career, but the role will change to become part of your support network rather than a direct coaching support and training location.
  • What if I am not competing at my future fighting weight at the time of application?
  1. Applications will be considered on an individual basis. Part of the assessment process will include a number of technical and physical assessments that will provide an insight into a player’s morphology and future fighting weight.
  • Can I continue to attend my Home Nation programme activity when on the GB Academy?
  1. British Judo values the Home Nation programmes and recognises that players need to support the programmes. Where possible and not detracting from a player’s programme, British Judo will try to allow players the time to support their Home Nation programme.
  • If I don’t make it onto the GB Academy, does that mean I can’t progress onto the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP)?
  1. No, the GB Academy is one pathway onto the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) but for players who do not meet the criteria they will still have the opportunity to move onto the WCPP. To do this, players need to show excellent engagement with their Home Nation programme and move onto the GB Squad as a Junior or Senior. This will give them access to international competition and allow GB Performance Coaches to monitor their development through regular attendance at Open National Squad Training (ONST).