Applications open for revamped England Youth Squad

Applications are now open for the England Youth Squad, which has undergone an overhaul ahead of the 2018/19 season.

The programme will have a more international focus, with overseas training camps and access to competitions abroad forming the key components for athletes selected to be part of the squad.

They will all be given individualised programmes to help them develop their physical, technical, mental and tactical skills, which will be assessed at up to six domestic training camps.

Those athletes who show they are making progress will be able to access the international element of the EYS, which includes training and development opportunities such as sparring and targeted pre-competition preparation, plus invitations to compete in specific international events.

Athletes who are not considered ready for the international element will be supported to continue to work towards that level.

The overhaul will provide athletes with greater clarity, planning and support on their journeys towards becoming top-level international competitors.

It also sees a significant reduction in costs for families of the selected athletes, compared with previous seasons.

Table Tennis England Performance Manager Ceri Davies said: “The programme will give the athletes the best chance to discover what they are capable of by setting clear standards and ensuring they turn up ready to learn and fit for the job at every session or competition.

“The ultimate aim is to provide more comprehensive support to help our young athletes become strong professionals who can contribute to senior England teams at major competitions in the future and who will be desirable team members at major European clubs.”

A full presentation on the EYS programme for 2018/19 can be downloaded below, as can the Selection Policy.

Click here to fill in an application form


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