The aim of the Triathlon Scotland Performance Pathway programmes (TSPP) is to develop Scottish athletes to their full potential who are capable of representing Great Britain and go on to win medals at Commonwealth, Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The TSPP is aligned to the BTF Athlete Development Framework and provides a gateway to the British Triathlon World Class Performance Programmes (WCPP) and operates three squads below this standard: Development, Confirmation and Academy. The programme seeks to empower athletes through the provision of opportunities and experiences that add value. These are designed to support athletes in learning more about themselves and so developing as an individual whilst also being part of an identified training group. Membership of the programme is earned through both your performances in races and by evidencing a commitment to your own development process.
The suggested capacity of each squad is 8 for Development, 6 for Confirmation and 20 for Academy. If the standard of athletes at selection warrants extra capacity then the Performance Management Group will decide if this can be accommodated. It should also be noted the squads will not automatically be filled to capacity and only athletes who show the desired attitudes and attributes will be selected.
British Triathlon WCPP
Athletes named on British programmes are supported by the TSPP in their development through to medal winning performances.
TS Development Squad
The Development Squad is aimed at developing athletes with ‘confirmed’ potential. This is mainly for athletes aged 17-23 years old who are showing the commitment and ability to progress onto British WCPP programmes. Application to the TS Development Squad is by invitation. Athletes not currently on TSPP who trigger the minimum performance standard will be invited to an athlete review.
TS Confirmation Squad
This squad provides an opportunity for those athletes that have potential to move in to the Development Squad normally within 12 months (not longer than 24 months), but do not currently meet the criteria. Support will be bespoke and dependent on the athlete’s home coaching environment, but will include access to identified training camps and sessions at the High Performance Centre (HPC). There needs to be a full commitment from the athlete to the sport and an agreed plan to meet the requirements of the Development Squad within 12 -24 months.
Application to the TS Confirmation Squad is by invitation. Athletes not currently on TSPP who trigger the minimum performance standard will be invited to an athlete review.
The Scottish Academy
The Scottish Academy (referred to as ‘Academy’) is aimed at exploring the potential of athletes [normally] aged 14-17 years old who have shown the basic physical competencies suitable for competitive triathlon. Athletes can remain part of the Academy for up to three years as long as they are progressing and meeting their agreed development targets. Beyond that athletes are expected to have met Confirmation Squad or Development Squad entry standards to remain on the TS Performance Pathway.
Scottish paratriathletes compete as part of the Great Britain Paratriathlon Team and their training and development is provided in partnership with British Triathlon, the sportscotland Institute of Sport, and Scottish Disability Sport.
Any paratriathlete interested in the Triathlon Scotland Performance Pathway should contact Fiona Lothian for further information.
Winning Students scholarships provide financial assistance and are awarded annually. The scholarships are available to able-bodied and disability athletes who are full-time or part-time students at college or university.
Triathletes must be based in, and train in Scotland, and be a member of either the Triathlon Scotland Performance Squads or have reached the equivalent standard in a Home Nations Programme.
Para-triathletes must have confirmed IPC International classification and be eligible to represent Great Britain at the Paralympic Games, and be on the BTF Para-triathlon Performance Pathway.
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University of Stirling International Scholarships
To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must hold – or be in the process of applying for – a place on an undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme at the University of Stirling. Students must also meet the sport-specific qualification criteria.
Athletes not currently receiving a University of Stirling International Scholarship who wish to be considered (and who are not applying for a place on a TS Performance Programme) should contact Fiona Lothian.