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AASE Programme

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) is a qualification-based sports performance programme that provides a structured training and development route across a number of sports for talented young athletes aged 16–19.

It targets students who have a high potential to excel in their sport, either by competing on the international stage or securing a professional contract.

Our AASE students are typically studying an Extended Diploma in Sport or a full A Level programme. AASE allows elite athletes to continue their education while receiving first-class coaching and training in their sport. The programme length varies between sports, but ranges between six and 24 months.

The AASE framework has been developed by SkillsActive in partnership with a number of sports governing bodies, industry experts and other partnership organisations. It combines three different types of learning:

  1. The NVQ: an on-the-job performance-based qualification
  2. The technical certificate: for A Level and Diploma students
  3. Functional skills: communication and numeracy

As a College we currently provide opportunities through this scheme to students in three sports– rugby union, rowing and basketball. Our offering is further strengthened by proud partnerships with renowned professional clubs; namely London Wasps, Leander Club and Reading Rockets.

A growing number of our students go on to represent their country at a variety of levels, and to pursue their sport professionally. Our rowers, for example, have gone on to feature in events including the Henley Royal Regatta, the Boat Race and the Olympic Games. AASE students have also secured scholarships at universities in the USA.Benefit from:

  • A bespoke programme
  • High-level coaching
  • Performance targets, monitoring and feedback
  • Mentoring and support
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Nutritional advice
  • Physiotherapy support
  • Competitions and tournaments
  • Links with professional clubs
  • Local accommodation

Applications to join the course are by invitation only, and places are competitively awarded and limited. For further information please contact Martin Unsworth by email: muns@henleycol.ac.uk

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