The Motor Sports Association’s first ever Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence begins in earnest this week as the Class of 2009 enrols on the course.
Having received nearly 70 applications from drivers looking to join the government-funded programme, the MSA has selected a total of 33 drivers to make up the inaugural intake of the course. The MSA was looking for evidence of performances to date and the potential of candidates to go on to achieve an Elite level of competition in future years. The MSA is also delighted to have teamed up with the Auto Cycle Union (ACU), governing body of two-wheeled motor sport, who have nominated six of their riders to join the MSA’s scheme.
Last week, the MSA’s three nominated assessors – former racer and current Go Motorsport Regional Development Officer Tom Gaymor, British Rally Elite graduate James Wozencroft and MSA co-ordinator Greg Symes – received two days of training at Motor Sports House in order to qualify for their A1 Assessor award. The assessors will be assigned up to 15 AASE candidates and will be responsible for their assessment throughout the course of the programme.
This week (Tuesday/Wednesday), the 39 AASE students will attend a two-day induction course at Croydon College, South London. Croydon College has previously delivered AASE courses in both golf and athletics and has been chosen by the MSA to lead the AASE in motor sport as a result of its excellent track record.
During the induction, the students will receive an introduction to the programme, will conduct an initial assessment of their abilities and knowledge and engage in workshop sessions to begin the study process. Following the induction period, much of the learning will be delivered remotely, with further blocks of study time scheduled for later in the year.
MSA Performance Director, Robert Reid, who has created the AASE in motor sport and brought it together under the newly launched MSA Academy structure, is delighted that the programme is up and running.
“It was great last week to attend the assessor training day – it really feels as though we are moving forward now,” he explains. “We have spent a long time getting this all together – I would like to thank everyone for the patience they have shown, but it was important to make sure that we got it right from the start.
“I am sure that the athletes won’t know exactly what to expect when they turn up this week, but I am certain that those that apply themselves and stick with the course for the next 15 months will emerge not only as far better drivers with far greater potential, but they will have a really valuable qualification that can be used in later life if they need to.”
About the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence
The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) is funded by the National Apprenticeship Service (formerly Learning and Skills Council) and is already well established in many other sports including football, rugby, tennis, golf, athletics and swimming with notable success – for example, Rebecca Adlington was an AASE student when she took double Gold in the pool in Beijing.
The Advanced Apprenticeships have been designed to meet the needs of young people aged 16-18 (up to 24 in some cases) who have the realistic potential to achieve excellence in their sport and are seeking to perform at the highest level as their main career goal.
The programme teaches the broad range of competences required in elite sport and focuses on the development of the student as a motor sport competitor. But as well as improving their human performance, students will also develop a mix of transferable skills and qualifications that can be used in later life to progress to further/higher education and/or gain employment within the field of motor sport or outside it.
The MSA has appointed Croydon College as its lead education provider, but apprentices will not need to move to Croydon as the course will utilise modern delivery techniques to base much of the work around the location of the learners’ competitive commitments.
The course content will be in two parts: half vocational (NVQ) and half technical certificate (BTEC). For the vocational element, students will receive a Level 3 NVQ in Sporting Excellence. Alongside this, students will either study for a BTEC National Certificate or National Diploma in Sport, or continue with their regular ‘A’ levels. The National Certificate in Sport is equivalent to two ‘A’ levels while the National Diploma is equivalent to three ‘A’ levels. A recognised coaching qualification will also be included in the technical certificate.
Release MSA09-033: 24 August 2009
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