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Towards Excellence. What you need to be a champion?. You need talent and hard work. But you also need: Top coaching. Top facilities. Financial help. Help from sports science and sports medicine. Sports Councils and other bodies work to improve athletes in these areas.

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What you need to be a champion?

  • You need talent and hard work. But you also need:

    • Top coaching.

    • Top facilities.

    • Financial help.

    • Help from sports science and sports medicine.

  • Sports Councils and other bodies work to improve athletes in these areas.


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National Coaching Foundation

  • It was set up by the Sports Council in 1983 to improve coaching skills. It includes:

  • Coaching Development Unit – this runs courses for coaches at all levels from beginner to advanced.

  • National Coaching Centres – they are based in universities around the country.

  • Champion Coaching – it is a scheme for after school coaching aimed at children aged 11 – 14 who show promise.



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Crystal Palace

  • It is in London and caters for a range of sports including athletics, swimming, boxing, martial arts and judo.

  • It is also a national and international venue.


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Bisham Abbey

  • It is in Buckinghamshire and mainly caters for tennis.

  • It also caters for football, hockey, squash, weight training and golf.


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Lilleshall

  • It is in Shropshire and caters for football.

  • It also does table-tennis, cricket, gymnastics, archery and hockey.

  • It also has a sports injuries clinic.


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Holme Pierrepoint

  • It is in Nottinghamshire and does watersports.

  • It has a 2000m regatta lake, ski tow ropes and a canoe slalom.


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Plas-Y-Brenin

  • It is in Snowdonia in Wales and does mountain and other outdoor activities including, climbing, canoeing, orienteering and dry slope skiing.


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National Cycling Centre

  • It is in Manchester.

  • It opened in 1994 and is the newest of the centres.

  • It boasts the largest indoor cycle track (velondrome) in the UK.


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Funding

  • Training and competing is very expensive.

  • The Sports Aid Foundation provides grants for top athletes.

  • Some athletes get sponsorship from business.

  • Some have to manage a full time job and training and just scrape by (Sir Steve Redgrave).


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Sports Science and Medicine

  • For a top athlete a change in training method or diet could mean the difference from coming first or last.

  • The sports council funds research in these areas.

  • The specialists advise the governing bodies and work with top athletes to prepare them for competition.


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Future Plans

  • The government want to create a British Academy of Sport.

  • This would bring together under one roof everything that’s needed to help athletes become champions.

  • A debate is going on as to whether to put it in one place or several smaller ones.

  • This debate started in 1995.


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