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Futures Programme 2017/2018

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    When will British Athletics make an announcement?

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    #70439
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    In past years UK Athletics made the announcement on which athletes are included in the Futures Programme by mid-November.

    According to rumours, the announcement should have been made last week!

    Given the obvious future (and unfunded) British talent that delivered medals at recent Championships including the European Juniors in Grosseto… why the delay..in my view it’s now bordering on disrespectful to our future talent pool and their coaches…

    #71326
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    At last… congratulations to all athletes offered a place on the Futures programme :yahoo:

    Glad to see your hard work being recognised!

    https://www.britishathletics.org.uk/news-and-features/british-athletics-futures-academy-2018/

    #71350
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    Hmm, fewer athletes on the programme than last year, which is a pity. It’s sometimes hard to follow UKA’s reasoning. George Mills, an 800 metre runner whose best is 1.48.36 from 2016 but hasn’t competed at all is 2017, is retained. Daniel Rowden, with a best of 1.46.64 and a silver medal from the Euro U23 Champs, is not added. Neither is Robert Salaka who won silver in the 110 hurdles at the Euro U20 Champs with 13.48.

    UKA say:

    Athletes were shortlisted per event group, using a number of different performance and ‘potential’ factors but not limited to; performance profile, lifestyle and training environment, and ability to ‘bridge the gap’ onto the WCP in the next two years.

    I wonder what their logic is?

    #71352
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    Agreed – in general, the standard for this year was very high, In 2015 and 2016 over 30 athletes were offered a place. This year it’s only 21.

    I am hoping the selected few make the best of the opportunity. And stay focused on the long term prize. For those who didn’t make the cut, there’s the option of SportsAid.

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