Athlete Performance Programme 2017


Thursday, 13 April, 2017

Rising sports stars are being urged to apply for the Athlete Performance Programme being offered by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust.

Athletes from all sports are being offered strength and conditioning coaching, support and guidance to help them compete at the highest level.

Volunteer coaches help athletes through lifestyle management, programme detail, nutrition and specific competition preparation.

The programme has supported 72 athletes in its first three years and applications are now being invited for the fourth year.

Mark Grant, General Manager of EDLC Trust, said, "East Dunbartonshire is home to some of the most promising sporting talents in Scotland and this programme has been designed to provide support at a crucial stage in their development.

"We have already helped many young people to fulfil their potential and improve performances in a range of sports, and I am delighted that the good work is continuing.

"We want to work with elite local athletes competing at a regional and national level - helping to nurture the next generation of sporting stars.

"The Athlete Performance Programme blends science, sport and support, and I want to pay tribute to everyone involved - many of whom selflessly volunteer their time to help create a lasting legacy for East Dunbartonshire."

Eligible candidates must live or attend school within East Dunbartonshire and be aged between 11 and 18-years-old. They must be competing at a regional or national level and able to commit two mornings a week for training sessions before school.

The closing date for applications is 31 May 2017, with sessions available at both Allander Leisure Centre and Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre.

Candidates will be selected following participation sessions and interviews to determinate baseline physical, technical and mental attributes to undertake training provided by the Athlete Performance Programme.

One of the programme's success stories of recent years is windsurfer Andrew Brown, who was on the programme for two years before graduating to the national programme.

The teenager received four hours per week of strength and conditioning including motor skills, technical development, strength, speed, flexibility, stability and injury prevention and management.

Andrew, who is the British youth champion in the RS:X Olympic Windsurfing class, had some words of advice for the next crop of athletes to be inducted on to the Athlete Performance Programme.

He added, "If you are serious about your sport and goals then go for it. The Athlete Performance Programme will improve your all round performance and will be a big advantage."

For further details and an application form pop into your local leisure centre, call 0141 578 8222 or e-mail

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