Kingsmead would like to congratulate our very own Rianne Martin in Year 12, who has been selected onto the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) Programme at England Hockey.
The AASE programme commenced in October 2017 and will run for approximately 13 months. Selected School Year 12 (U17/U18) athletes will be required to attend four centralised national camps to receive coaching and performance support including nutrition, psychology and lifestyle advice underpinned by the AASE qualifications. In addition, all athletes will benefit from circa 15 high quality technical and tactical coaching sessions held in the evening and at weekends with one to one support in programme planning at their nearest regional coaching centre.
The programme allows athletes to continue with their academic studies within their educational environment whilst gaining additional hockey performance experience and qualifications, (Certificate in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance and Certificate in Understanding Sports Performance). This qualification now carries 46 UCAS points; supplementing a player’s academic profile giving increased value and opportunity as athletes look to gain entrance to universities, obtain scholarships and jobs.
There are currently over 33 other sports delivering the programme with 2,500 athletes benefiting nationally each year and ambassadors include Rebecca Adlington, Tom Daley and Jack Wilshere.