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TASS set to be taken over by Sport England

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Sport England are set to take over the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) that helps up and coming athletes balance the demands of college and university life with training and competing at national and international level.  

TASS, which was first established in 2004, is a unique partnership between sport governing bodies and the education sector. 

It is currently funded by UK Sport but Sport England will take over from October 1, 2014.

"We want talented young athletes across all our funded sports to have the best possible chance of fulfilling their potential,” said Sport England Director of Sport Phil Smith. 

"Over the last 10 years TASS has helped thousands of athletes to do this and over the next three years even more athletes from a range of sports will benefit from the scheme.

"We’re proud to support the next generation of sporting stars as well as those who may not go onto elite success but will continue to be a driving force in community sport whether it’s as a coach, administrator or volunteer.”

Typically each TASS athlete has had access to £3,500 of core services including strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, psychology, medical support, lifestyle and education support, mentoring and career support, as well as more sport specific services such as coaching. 

The core services are delivered by one of 15 higher education institutions throughout England, allowing the athletes to manage their time better because their sports services and education are close by.

The programme will be managed by SportsAid who are one of Sport England’s national partners. 

The charity specialises in helping talented athletes by giving them cash awards during the critical early years of their careers so they can train and compete to their full potential.

"This is a very positive step by Sport England. It ensures the impact of TASS, which has helped so many athletes, can continue,” said SportsAid Chief Executive Tim Lawler. 

"SportsAid is here to help talented sports people and TASS is an exemplar model of this. 
"Having been involved with the scheme from the beginning, we recognise the huge potential it has to make a telling contribution to our future sporting champions. 

"We welcome the fact that Sport England is leading a co-ordinated approach to the support of talent below World Class programme funding and we are proud to be part of it.”

Since its inception in 2004, TASS has invested £30 million to support more than 4,000 athletes, including 200 athletes who went on to represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, winning 44 medals including 15 gold. 

More recently, the programme supported 29 athletes who went on to compete at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, winning five medals between them including one gold.

To find out more about TASS, Click Here 


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