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Young Champions 2017 - 18

Tees Valley Sport, in partnership with Teesside University YC App Form 17Sport Science Service have introduced a new Young Champion programme for young people in Year 5 who have been identified for their all round sporting ability and who have already demonstrated they have a passion for sport and a desire to improve.

The aim of this programme is to bring together young people who have a desire to participate in sport at the highest possible level they are able to achieve.  In doing so they will work with other young people across the Tees Valley and develop many of the wider social, emotional and organisational skills needed to be successful, which in turn should support their wider school engagement.  By holding the sessions at Teesside University the young people will be in a highly aspirational environment, will hopefully be inspired to do their best in both their sporting and academic world meet some of the University’s elite athletes.

The programme of 5 interactive/practical sessions will run throughout the 2017 -18 academic year at Teesside University from 1.15 – 2.45pm.  The sessions will run on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 7th November 2017
  • Wednesday 6th December 2017
  • Wednesday 31st January 2018
  • Wednesday 14th March 2018
  • Wednesday 25th April 2018

The content for each session has been designed to ensure it is suitable for the young people involved.

Each session will focus on Agility, Balance & Coordination whilst addressing the factors which make an elite athlete successful such as:Young Champions2

  • Becoming an athlete: what is means to be an elite athlete
  • What is fitness and how to test it
  • Strength & Conditioning Training
  • Goal setting for sport
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle of an elite athlete

The Young Champions will receive a certificate of graduation.

Terms and Conditions of the Young Champion Programme

 The cost of the programme is £85 per pupil

  • Schools may submit more than Young Champions1one application (a separate application form should be submitted for each pupil).
  • Pupils accepted onto the programme will need to compete a medical consent form, which will be circulated prior to the first session.
  • Schools and pupils will consent to the YC being photographed and included in media promotions.
  • Schools will be responsible for arranging transport to and from Teesside University for each session.
  • Schools will provide Tees Valley Sport with appropriate invoicing details

 Tees Valley Sport will:

  • Liaise with Teesside University to ensure the content of each session is age appropriate.
  • Provide each Young Champion with a Young Champion t-shirt
  • Celebrate the achievements of the Young Champions through a variety of media
  • Liaise with Teesside University to provided access to Elite Athletes
  • Invoice schools directly for the programme fee

Selection Criteria

Schools should consider Year 5 children who have all round sporting promise and are considered gifted and talented in this context.

Children who are already a member of a community club and have passion and ambition will especially benefit from the programme however this should not exclude any child who shows potential but is not a member of a club.


Schools will be invoiced for the appropriate amount, once a place(s) on the programme is confirmed.