Team Leicestershire Talent

Team Leicestershire Talent is a new Talented Athlete Support Programme.

It aims to support young talented athletes and sportspeople across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland to achieve their potential through the delivery of a bespoke annual programme of workshops covering subjects such as Strength & Conditioning, Sports Psychology, Nutrition for Sport and Mental Fitness.

The programme is open to all young aspiring athletes and sportspeople, whether they are already performing at Regional, National or International level, or still at the start of their sporting journey locally, aiming to "be the best they can be", either as an individual or as part of a team, through talent pathways and performance programmes.

Team Leicestershire Talent has been launched during the summer of 2021 to coincide with the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games as we look to identify, engage and support the development of athletes & sportspeople of the future based in Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

PLEASE NOTE: Before beginning the application process, consider carefully all the points below as applications which don't fully meet these criteria will not be considered.

  • Athletes accessing Team Leicestershire Talent (TLT) should be 11-23 years by 31 December 2021 with discretionary flexibility at the top end of the age group for athletes taking part in Para-Sports.
  • Athletes must live in Leicestershire, Leicester or Rutland (i.e. pay council tax) and attend the local education system. If athletes are currently studying away at College/University, their parent's/non term time address should be in Leicestershire, Leicester or Rutland. We will not accept applications from athletes studying at any Further Education or Higher Education establishment if they are not from Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

Application Process

An online application form to become part of the Team Leicestershire Talent programme is now live at the link below.

Please read the attached Criteria Guidance to check you are eligible for Team Leicestershire Talent.

There are 3 Levels within Team Leicestershire Talent for you to access - outlined below. However, at this stage you are simply applying to be a part of the programme. Allocation of "levels" will be made once all applications are received and have been assessed.

The initial application window will run until Friday 24th September 2021.

Please contact us if you require a hard copy of the application form or if you need it in an alternative format to suit your personal requirements.

Team Leicestershire Talent Support Levels


A small number of funded athletes of whom there will be expectations in terms of Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (soon to be Active Together) involvement given the level of funding provided.

In addition to funding, Ambassador status will also include:

  • FREE access to the Team Leicestershire Talent athlete support workshops package (outlined below under the 'Athletes' level support)
  • Provision of additional resources such as training kit for branding purposes such as use in social media posts

Ambassador expectations will include elements such as:

  • Monthly website blogging and regular social media engagement
  • Promotion of the TLT programme of support and the impact it has on their progress / development
  • Support / mentoring of aspiring athletes in the programme including engagement in workshops
  • Attendance / support at local Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (soon to be Active Together) competitions / events
  • Support with the continued development and promotion of LRS 'Virtual Together' platform

Selections for Ambassadors may take several factors into consideration including, but not limited to:

  • validated by their NGB as being current or likely potential to achieve elite status
  • high level athletes relative to their standing within their sport
  • representative of the local community in LLR

NB: Un-funded "Ambassadors" may also be selected if they are in position personally and within their sporting career to be an advocate for Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (soon to be Active Together) & TLT without the financial incentives.


Supported Athletes will receive FREE access to a range of ongoing support structures and an annual workshop programme covering subjects such as Strength & Conditioning, Sports Psychology, Nutrition for Sport and Mental Fitness.

(There will be 5 workshops per subject area over the course of the year)

  • Plus, access to any additional workshops that may be added to the programme
  • Elite Athlete and Former Athlete Keynote and Q&A sessions
  • Group mentoring from TLT Athlete Ambassadors and previous Alumni
  • Opportunity to submit applications to a funding pot available for small scale and ongoing / additional requirements such as physio, travel, equipment, etc. or CPD opportunities such as coaching bursaries, to those in need of financial support (Evidence of financial need, as well as evidence of expenditure, required)
  • Possible provision of additional resources such as training T-shirt for branding purposes such as use in social media posts


Any athletes not attaining Ambassador or Athlete status will be offered access to the Futures level.

These athletes will be given the opportunity – availability allowing – to attend the workshops outlined above. For this level of the programme, there will be a small cost per subject area as outlined below*:

  • Strength & Conditioning: £50.00
  • Sports Psychology: £50.00
  • Nutrition for Sport: £50.00
  • Mental Fitness: £50.00

Or sign up to all 4 subject areas at the start of the programme for a total cost of £160.

*NB: For athletes that can demonstrate the financial need, a subsequent funding application can be submitted to Team Leicestershire Talent to cover the cost of accessing the workshops through the Futures level.

For more information, please contact:

Liam Drake

Liam Drake

Sports Development Officer

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

01509 564865
07394 567814