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AASE continues to demonstrate positive impact on athletes

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) is a Level 3 course run by South Gloucesterahire and Stroud College with a variety of National Governing Bodies of sport. AASE is is a qualification which has been designed to meet the needs of young people (aged 16-18) 'who have the realistic potential to achieve excellence in their sport and are seeking to perform at the highest level as their main career goal'.

In 2015/16 SGS College entered a working partnership with British Wheelchair Basketball, the first disability sport that we have worked with. This relationship has instantly benefited several of the learners on the course (which is delivered remotely) with two being selected for the 2016 Rio Paralympics and another being selected to represent Team GB at under-25s.

1) Charlotte Moore and Joy Haizelden have been selected to Rio 2016 Paralympic Games as a part of team GB.

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Selected for her first Paralympic Games, teenager Charlotte Moore has been playing since she was eight years old. Moore said:

"I have always dreamed of competing at the Paralympic Games but in was only in the last few years that I realised that it might happen. I've worked so hard and now it hardly even feels real! I think the anticipation of competing in Rio will continue to drive me to be the best I can be at the Games – I'm looking forward to it already."

2) Morwenna Hastings has progressed from the AASE programme to her international debut for GB u25s at the European Championships.

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All student-athletes are expected to complete the AASE programme in July 2017.

The AASE scheme provides a structured training and development route, across a number of sports, for talented young athletes, many of whom may go on to represent their country on the Olympic stage or gain professional contracts.

SGS College delivers AASE in conjunction with Basketball England, England Boxing, British Fencing, British Judo, the Rugby Football Union (male and female), Table Tennis England and British Wheelchair Basketball.

The AASE scheme fully reflects the range of skills, knowledge and performance criteria required in elite level sport. It is not a qualification for simply 'playing the game'. It is designed to directly measure the athlete's ability to plan, apply and evaluate their development in the appropriate technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of their sport. Importantly it also directly addresses wider issues, such as lifestyle, career development, communication and health and safety. Not only do these units cover some of the most important factors to becoming an elite athlete, they are vital for an athlete moving to a secondary/supplementary career. The AASE qualification also generates UCAS points (for 2017 University entrance and beyond).

AASE is the perfect programme for aspiring athletes.