Launch of Hampshire Institute of Sport marks exciting year for talented athletes
2018 is set to be an exciting year for young athletes with the launch of the new Hampshire Institute of Sport pilot project.
The Hampshire Institute of Sport is a joint venture between Winchester-based charity Energise Me, University of Winchester and Hampshire County Council. The pilot project, which was launched last week, will span four months and will provide tailored support for 16 athletes from three Hampshire clubs. The athletes are all aged between 13 and 17 and are aiming for the world stage.
Athletes involved in the pilot will benefit from video analysis and biomechanical testing to develop their technique, prevent injury and fine-tune their performance. Tests will be conducted by Masters students from University of Winchester under the supervision of lecturers.
Helen Ryan-Stewart, Director of the University’s Sport and Exercise Consultancy Unit (SECU) said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our local talented athletes to experience high-level scientific support similar to what they might experience if they go on to become elite athletes. It is the beginning of an exciting partnership for us and our students, giving them extensive applied experience that is so often sought after in graduates of our degree programmes.”
11 athletes and their coaches from the Westgate Performance Centre, Southampton Diving Academy and Winchester City Penguins attended the launch at University of Winchester on Monday 22 January 2018.
The pilot project has grown out of the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme (HTAS), which is managed by Energise Me and funded by Hampshire County Council. All of the participating athletes have come through HTAS.
The scheme offers grants for some athletes as well as sports science and lifestyle workshops to help athletes deal with the physical and mental pressures of competing. University of Winchester and Southampton Solent University have both delivered workshops through the scheme.
191 athletes across 29 different Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games disciplines will be supported through HTAS this year.
Harry Stow from Energise Me said:
“The 191 athletes HTAS is supporting in 2018 are incredibly talented. Many are already competing at an international level. These are the athletes who will inspire the next generation to get active. We need to look after them and ensure they have the skills and support they need to achieve their goals. We’re delighted to be partnering with University of Winchester and Hampshire County Council this year to add an extra layer of support for the 16 athletes involved in the Hampshire Institute of Sport.”
For more information on the Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme click here