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Athlete Transition Support Programme

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12 June 2018

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To apply for this year’s programme, write a short paragraph outlining why you would like to be involved to rick.cotgreave@lane4.co.uk by Tuesday 31 July 2018

Following the success of Lane4’s inaugural Athlete Transition Support Programme last year, our recruitment for our 2018 programme is now underway.

At Lane4, we understand that the transition athletes embark upon as they finish elite sport is often complex and challenging. We are incredibly passionate about supporting people during this period, drawing on extensive experience that includes academic research coupled with practical, first-hand perspectives.

Designed in partnership with Sheffield University Psychology Department, the programme is led by Rick Cotgreave who draws on his extensive research in athlete transition. He will be supported by a senior team of past Olympians and sport psychologists.

What will you learn?

Our three-day programme raises awareness and understanding of the psychology of athlete transition. It gives people a chance to share personal experiences with fellow athletes and recognise that you’re not alone in coming to terms with an identity shift as you move beyond the world of competitive sport. You will develop personal resilience and mental well-being techniques, as well as exploring how to find meaning in a life and career away from the sporting arena. You will benefit from, and become part of, Lane4’s growing support network for transitioning athletes.

Who is this programme for?

We are currently looking for 24 athletes who have recently transitioned out of elite sport to take part in our Athlete Transition Support Programme this autumn.

Athletes must:

  • Have competed in a sport included within the Olympic or Paralympic programme (It is not essential to have competed at Olympic or Paralympic level)
  • Have retired from their competitive careers more than 6 months ago
  • Be able to attend all three one-day workshops in September, October and November 2018 (10.00am-4.30pm) in either Maidenhead or Loughborough

The programme is free and a hardship fund is available where travel costs are prohibitive.

 

“It’s been eye-opening to look at my career in a different way. It’s helped me to get a new perspective and feel like I am moving on.”

2017 Athlete Transition Support Programme Participant

To apply for this year’s programme, write a short paragraph outlining why you would like to be involved to rick.cotgreave@lane4.co.uk by Tuesday 31 July 2018

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