Introducing the Talent Cymru Development Programme (TCD)

Our vision for the Talent Cymru Development Programme is to create an athlete centered, competency based, talent development model that delivers podium success at the highest level.

To achieve this, two key performance objectives have been identified:

  • Olympic Games success. Our priority is to create a pathway from Welsh Judo clubs to the British Judo Centre of Excellence (CofE), ensuring that Welsh athletes have the mental, physical, technical and tactical abilities to succeed at the highest level.
  • Commonwealth Games success. Welsh Judo have set the target of becoming the most successful Welsh sport at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in South Africa, determined by the total gold medals won.

This page provides a brief overview of the Talent Cymru Development Programme. It details the application process, athlete identification and a brief insight into programme design, delivery and expectations.

Eligibility for the programme

To be eligible, players  must  meet  the  following  criteria:

  • Be a Welsh resident or
  • Be born in Wales or
  • Have a parent born in Wales
  • Hold a Welsh Judo license
  • Hold a British passport

Delivering Performance

We recognise that Welsh Judo can only achieve sustainable Olympic and Commonwealth success through a holistic, integrated and systematic method of developing talent. With limited resources, our focus must be directed where it can have the most significant impact.

The Talent Cymru programme will provide resources around athletes that have demonstrated performance competencies and behaviors that we believe make future high performance success at Olympic or Commonwealth Games possible. As our aim is to ensure we are able to provide individual, bespoke service to athletes on the programme, we have identified a maximum number of fifteen athletes, split between three age groups: Cadet (under 18), Junior (under 21) and Senior; with a priority towards athletes with the possibility and desire to progress to Olympic success.


Cadet year 1 Cadet year 2 Cadet year 3 Junior year 1 Junior year 2 Junior year 3 Senior
Born 2001 Born 2000 Born 1999 Born 1998 Born 1997 Born 1996 Born 1995 +

You can find further information on the Talented Cymru Programme by downloading the word document here.

Talent Cymru Development Application Details

Application forms should be completed in full and submitted together with a letter of recommendation from the applicants person coach with any supporting evidence they feel appropriate.

There are two application windows in 2016:

16th January – 5th February

16th July – 5th August

Application forms and supporting documentation should be forwarded to the Welsh Judo Association, either directly by email, or by hard copy to:

Talent Cymru Development Programme

Welsh Judo Association

Sport Wales National Centre

Sofia Gardens

CF11 9SW

If anyone would like further clarification on any aspect of the Talent Cymru Development Programme, please contact Darren Warner, Chief Executive Officer on 07867 385031