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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
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.
national coaching foundation
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.
crystal palace
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.
bisham abbey
Bisham Abbey
  • It is in Buckinghamshire and mainly caters for tennis.
  • It also caters for football, hockey, squash, weight training and golf.
lilleshall
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.
holme pierrepoint
Holme Pierrepoint
  • It is in Nottinghamshire and does watersports.
  • It has a 2000m regatta lake, ski tow ropes and a canoe slalom.
plas y brenin
Plas-Y-Brenin
  • It is in Snowdonia in Wales and does mountain and other outdoor activities including, climbing, canoeing, orienteering and dry slope skiing.
national cycling centre
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.
funding
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).
sports science and medicine
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.
future plans
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.