The Army Elite Sport Programme (AESP) is a new initiative launched using the £1.4m donation from private security company G4S following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Army has joined with UK Sport (UKS), the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and respective sporting National Governing Bodies (NGBs) to take forward the AESP with the specific aim of identifying Army athletes who have the potential to be considered for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and WCD sporting programmes.
Investment will be specifically targeted to those sports where there is evidence of existing gaps in GB Olympic and WCD programmes – particularly in areas where the Army has the potential and track record to deliver high performance athletes via a range of Talent Identification (TID), Talent Transfer (TT) and Talent Confirmation (TC) campaigns and strategic partnerships. Wider details of UKS activities, milestones and targets can be found at the UKS link on this page together with useful links to Home Country and NGB sports.
The new AESP strategic partnership with UKS offers exciting opportunities which could potentially open pathways that were previously unavailable for the identification and development of the Army’s most talented athletes. The identification and confirmation of future potential will always be extremely difficult but the AESP now provides a pathway for Army athletes who previously could not be considered for the conventional UKS national recruiting campaigns due to the nature of military service limiting access to NGB pathways for the WCD programme.
The British Army have expanded their Elite Sport Programme to uncover and develop more medal-winning British Olympians within its ranks. Richard Wyeth went along and spoke to Major General Shaun Burley, Director of Army Sports Control Board to find out more…