Exceptional sailors may be invited by the selectors to join the Welsh Youth and Junior Academy. The Welsh Sailing Youth and Junior Academy is for sailors who have the potential to win medals at National and International Junior, Youth & Senior competition in time. The Academy is open for selection at various times but the main entry point will be in the Winter.
As guidance the Academy will typically be made up of sailors who have several of the following characteristics:
- Been in a Junior or Youth class for more than a year.
- Showing significant potential to medal at National and International events.
- Been selected for the GBR Youth Squad for winter 2020/2021 or showing significant potential to be selected in 2020.
- Finished the previous year within the top 10% or top 10 whichever is smaller in the UK gender rankings for that class.
- Can demonstrate high levels of talent, work ethic and desire for improvement.
- Represented GBR at World or European Championships.
The Academy will support those sailors with;
- Up to 3 additional winter squad weekends
- Tailored small group training time in their local area with Academy Coaches.
- Training in wider factions of the sport such as rules and match racing.
- Agreed training plans to address training and lifestyle needs.
- Event support at major championships and where suitable International competition.
- On-going benefits such as travel grants, Gym access, clothing etc.
- There will be a subsidised fee for the Academy Support.
The exact structure of each Academy package will vary to maximise the effectiveness of the support to allow each sailor to make maximum progress.
If you meet the criteria above and would like to apply for the Welsh Academy programme please fill in the form below. The entry deadline is the 4th December 2020. Once all applications have been received the Performance manager along with the Performance Sub Committee will select the successful applicants.