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We've been helping young athletes to fulfil their sporting potential
Our Carnegie team have extensive experience of using scientific principles in the promotion, maintenance and enhancement of sport performance – and a variation of athlete screening, nutritional advice, and psychological support has been provided to 20 young male and female athletes since the programme started.
Those participating in the initiative represent a range of sports and include athletes with physical or learning disabilities. Levels of support have been tailored to each individual’s performance needs, with group and individual support sessions, a group induction day and an end-point review workshop all included in the programme.
Following extremely positive feedback after 18 months of the project from participants and partner organisations, several athletes went on to compete at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, won medals at national championships, were selected for national squads and secured professional contracts.
The programme has also given students from within the Carnegie Faculty fantastic development opportunities, while the success of the initiative has reinforced Carnegie’s well-established reputation for achieving excellence in sporting performance.
Additional funding has been secured to ensure the programme continues in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games – testimony to the success of the scheme, despite a testing financial climate – and the aim of colleagues involved in the Sporting Excellence Programme is to continue providing exceptional support to talented young athletes, while also capitalising on research output and student development opportunities offered by the scheme.