Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Undergraduate, Postgraduate
Provider: UK Government
Country to Study in: UK
The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme, or TASS as it is better known, is a UK Government funded programme that represents a unique partnership between talented young athletes, National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGB’s) and the Higher (University) and Further (college/school) Education sector i.e. HE/FE.
TASS aims to help its athletes to balance academic life with training and competition as a performance athlete.
The scheme has invested over £24million into athletes and the supporting network around them, providing up to 6000 awards enabling thousands of talented athletes to fulfil their sporting potential and become medal winners of the future.
NOTE: The scheme is also getting worldwide recognition with TASS now advising the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the development of its Education Section for their Athlete Career Programme (ACP), which included a presentation at the IOC ACP Forum to over 30 National Olympic Committee.
The criteria for selection are that you must satisfy the academic entry requirements for your chosen course, as well as achieving national recognition in a sport at least at U18 level.
Talented athletes, of any citizenship/nationality, aged over 16 years old who are currently in academic studies whilst competing at an elite level
The support services making up an athlete award are provided by and through “accredited” school, colleges and universities based throughout England.
There are currently over 70 accredited institutions delivery services on behalf of TASS. These institutions form “Hub Networks” with a lead institution in each.
The Hub Institutions are our main focus of liaison for management of the scheme and the principle provider of services to athletes. Each athlete is assigned to one of 11 hub institutions depending on their geographical location. The athlete does not need to study at this lead institution or indeed any of the “Partner” accredited sites who may also provide support to the athlete.
TASS Lead Hub Institutions:
- University of Southampton
- St Marys University College
- University of Bath
- University of Hertfordshire
- University of Manchester
- TASS in the North East
- Northumbria University
- Durham University
- Newcastle University
- Teesside University
- University of Birmingham
- Loughborough University
- Nottingham Trent University
- Leeds Metropolitan University
- Sheffield Hallam University
Students may study in any subject, and a large variety of sports are considered for scholarship support. Forty-seven different sports are covered by the scheme.
Number of awards
Each year we support roughly 600 athletes
For the duration of academic study
TASS provides athletes with a tailored package of service worth up to £3,500 in value. These may include Coaching, Strength and Conditioning, Lifestyle Support, Physiology and Sports Medicine.
Benefits may include:
- Access to specialist support services within your host university (sports science, sports medicine and strength & conditioning)
- Access to training facilities
- Funding towards elite coaching
- Funding towards competition and training costs
- Funding towards equipment
- Series of workshops – Talented Athlete Life Skills (TALS) workshop & mentoring
TASS awards are annual, and run from 1st October to 30th September. Nominations are made by the individual sporting National Governing Bodies, which also plan how each chosen athlete’s award is spent. Athlete’s do not receive the money up front.
The annual deadline for applications is the 30th September of every year.
Athletes must be competing at National or International level in their sport and be nominated for a TASS award by their National Governing Body. Please contact your sport's NGB for more details.
Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme
3rd Floor, 6 North Street East
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne & Wear
Tel: (0191) 243 7356
Fax: (0191) 243 7358
Application Deadline: 30 September 2013
Open to International students: Yes
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