According to a new survey by the Youth Sport Trust Britain’s young sports stars are travelling up to 800 miles a month, training six days a week and spending over £1,000 a year on equipment in pursuit of sporting success.
The figures, which were released by the PE and school sports charity during its National Talent Camp at Loughborough University, also showed nearly nine out of 10 elite youngsters admit they can find it difficult at times balancing their commitment to their sport with their education.
The four-day National Talent Camp prepares them for the personal, academic and vocational challenges which lie ahead through physical training sessions and focused workshops with athlete mentors.
Great British sprinter and Olympic gold medallist Jason Gardener believes that the statistics published by the Youth Sport Trust show the unbelievable commitment of aspiring sporting champions.
“Being an elite athlete requires huge commitment and sacrifice and I know that many of the young people attending this camp are prepared to show the dedication you need to be the best.”
The sports represented at the 2011 camp are canoeing, cycling, rowing, hockey, wheelchair basketball, girl’s rugby, girl’s football, netball and volleyball while one of the top athletes helping to lead the camp is Olympic gold medallist Jason Gardener.
The Youth Sport Trust surveyed 100 young people identified as talented in their sports, with some of the results showing that over one in four of them – 28 per cent – travel more than 200 miles a week to get to training and competition.
Director of Sport at the Youth Sport Trust Alison Oliver said: ”This camp is all about giving the young people an insight in both the mental and physical challenges they will be presented with if they go on to be elite sports stars.
“The lessons they learn here are invaluable in preparing them for the many challenges experienced in a successful career in sport.”
Robyn Rashford, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine