The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) framework has been designed to meet

the needs of young people (aged 16-19)


"who have the realistic potential to achieve excellence in their sport and are seeking to perform at the

highest level as their main career goal".



Shona Richards

2014 IAAF World Junior Championships 

400mH x 4x400m silver medallist

"AASE programme helped me to develop my knowledge about lifestyle and nutrition to help me achieve what I have today.  It was also incredibly enjoyable and sociable - I met many athletes from various other disciplines and learned about how they prepare both mentally and physically, furthering my knowledge".

Marathon Sports Foundation



  • The purpose of AASE is to provide a pathway for the development of elite young athletes across England in their chosen sport.  


  • AASE provides a structured training and development route, across a number of sports,

       for elite young athletes, who may go on to represent their country on the Olympic stage or

       gain professional contracts.


  • The AASE scheme can take up to a maximum of two years to complete.


  • The AASE scheme fully reflects the range of skills, knowledge and performance

       criteria required in elite sport.  It is not a qualification for simply "playing the game".


  • AASE is designed to directly measure the athlete's ability to apply themselves

       to "professional" development in their sport.

London and South East 
         accredited provider

The Marathon Sports Foundation is an accredited  training provider and works in association with UK Athletics to deliver the AASE programme for the London & South East.


Working out of various locations including Lee Valley NW10, St. Mary's University College, North West Kent College Dartford, University of East London and The Canterbury Academy.

Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence

To be eligible athletes will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Born between 01/09/97 - 31/08/98


  • Ranked highly on the 2015 UK Power of 10 rankings with flexibility based on the number of programme places

       allocated.  Please note, no hand-timed or wind assisted          performances will be considered.


  • Possess or be currently working towards a GCSE Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics or any 

       equivalent qualification (Level 2 Functional Skills or Key          skills in Literacy).


Athletes will be unable to enrol or remain on the AASE programme if enrolled on another apprenticeship, NVQ Qualificaton or studying at University.


British Athletics will work with the Paralympic Development Manager to identify athletes for the programme.