A host of young elite athletes, coaches and officials will find out how to reach their potential in the sporting field when they join World and Paralympic Champion Hannah Cockroft at the Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp this week.
England’s most promising sporting young people will be put through their paces in a series of intense workshops, masterclasses and practical sessions at Loughborough University on 16-19 December, which are supported by Sport England thanks to National Lottery funding, and delivered in partnership with Loughborough University.
The budding participants aged between 14-19 years old have been specially selected by their sport’s National Governing Bodies for demonstrating talent, determination and potential to reach the top of their game.
They are hoping this will be the start of their road to triumph after sporting legends, including Hannah, have begun successful performance pathways at the Youth Sport Trust events.
Cai Burr, 17, from Shropshire, is attending National Talent Camp after tackling the agoraphobia he experienced as a child. Three years after being afraid to leave his own home, Cai is now part of the National Under 18’s league as well as running and coaching his own club.
Cai said: “From that first day on the court, my anxiety gradually faded as I became better at the sport. People would even come and watch me play. For me, Basketball really saved my life – sport matters!
“I am so grateful to be a part of this year’s Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp. This important event could well help to me to achieve one of my goals, which is to officiate internationally.”
Hannah Cockroft will also be at National Talent Camp to share her inspirational story and expert tips on how to excel in competitive sport.
Hannah said: “I am thrilled to be joining the sporting stars of the future for this year’s Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp. There is such a wealth of athletic, coaching and officiating talent in this country and it’s amazing that Youth Sport Trust is able to give young people the chance to focus on their sport, to learn how they can maximise their potential and to help pave the way for their active futures.”
The Youth Sport Trust is passionate about getting young people of all ages participating in sport. The charity believes that physical activity boosts health and fitness, develops mental wellbeing, fosters healthy lifestyle habits and helps people to positively contribute to society.
The National Talent Camp is the charity’s brainchild and is supported by the National Governing Bodies of Sport, sports coach UK, Sports Officials UK, Loughborough University and Sport England. It showcases sporting prowess from swimming, tennis and softball to cycling, football and wheelchair basketball.
Each of the sessions will specifically cater towards an affinity for coaching, officiating or playing sport across the diverse range of workshops on offer. They will all aim to get the best out of Camp participants to prepare them both mentally and physically for future sporting careers.
Ali Oliver, Youth Sport Trust’s Chief Executive, said: “The Youth Sport Trust’s National Talent Camp aims to offer a unique experience for our athletes, officials and coaches of the future to really be put through their paces. The Camp is world leading in terms of the content and multi sport learning being offered to the country’s most talented young sportspeople and aims to build the foundations of continued national success in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“We want to help every young person achieve their personal best in sport and life. We hope that with our support and expertise, our camp attendees like Cai not only have an amazing weekend but that they learn skills which will help them to forge successful futures.”