The aim of the Triathlon Scotland Performance Programme (TSPP) is to produce Scottish athletes capable of representing Great Britain and going on to win medals at Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The TSPP dovetails with the British Triathlon World Class Performance Programmes (WCPP) and operates three squads below this standard, which are Foundation, Confirmation and Development.
The suggested capacity of each squad is 8 for Development, 6 for Confirmation and 20 for Foundation. 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 programmes.
Athletes not currently on TS Performance Programmes who wish to be considered should contact Fiona Lothian for an athlete review form.
TS Confirmation Squad
This is a new squad for 2016-17, incorporating the current Girls for Gold Coast Squad. It provides an opportunity for those athletes that have potential to move in to the Development Squad within 12 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 months.
Athletes should apply for this squad through the Development Squad application process using the criteria for this squad as the benchmarks they will be expected to meet within 12 months.
TS Foundation Squad
Foundation level 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 Foundation Squad for up to three years as long as they are progressing and meeting their agreed targets. Beyond that athletes are expected to have met 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 full-time and part-time students at college or university, to able-bodied and disability athletes.
Triathletes must be based and train in Scotland, and be a member of either the Triathlon Scotland Performance Squads (at Confirmation level or above) 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. They should be on the BTF Para-triathlon Performance Pathway.
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Athletes not currently receiving a Winning Students Scholarship who wish to be considered (and who are not applying for the TS Development Squad above) should contact Fiona Lothian for an athlete review form.
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 the TS Development Squad above) should submit an application form.