The Welsh Development Academy is for athletes aged 13-19 and is the first selective stage in the Welsh Pathway. The purpose of the Welsh Development Academy is to create a supportive, challenging and inspiring environment to help aid and guide athlete development.
Welsh Development Academy athletes will be able to access the following support:
- Camp based coaching from the Welsh Triathlon development coach and pathway coaches
- Opportunities to reflect and develop their daily training environment
- Support at British Youth & Junior Super Series Races
- Opportunity to train with other athletes from across Wales and the UK
- Access to an athlete education program
- Support with an athlete development plan that will help them maximise their development through the daily training enviroment
The core principles on which the Welsh Development Academy will be delivered are:
- Athlete development is a long term process and not linear
- The athlete daily training enviroment has the most impact on development
- Athlete development should be underpinned by the athhlete development framework. More information can be found here.
The Welsh Development Academy is open to athletes who wish to pursue Paratriathlon performance pathway. Para athletes will be fully integrated into Welsh Development Academy activity alongside their able bodied counterparts.
If you would like more information on Paratriathlon then click here.
In addition to offering support and development for athletes the Welsh Development Academy also extends to parents.
We recognise the pivotal role parents/guardians play in the development of young athletes and therefore we have developed a parent education and support program that runs in parallel to the Welsh Developmet Academy athlete delivery.
The purpose of the parents education program is:
- Provide a supportive network for parents
- Offer added valued experiences in areas of athlete development
- Be a point of contact for parents offering advice and support
If you would like to get involved with the Welsh Development Academy then you will need to attend a Pathway Engagement day in September (date and locations TBC).