After successful competitions in steeplechase and cross country, Lewis Duval (Y12) has been awarded a place on the Athletics Academy in Sporting Excellence (AASE) which is a key part of the British Athletics Performance Pathway for young athletes aged between 16-18. This is a fantastic achievement as only athletes who British Athletics feel have demonstrated the potential to perform at the highest level are invited on the programme.

The AASE programme is designed to help the most promising athletes to successfully transition into senior international athletics. The course is a series of national camps and regional days over a two-year period allowing athletes to gain further qualifications as well as 40 UCAS points.

As well as practical training sessions, the workshops and support sessions will cover Nutrition and Performance, Psychological Demands of Athletics, Lifestyle and Performance, Communication and Dealing with the Media, use of Social Media, University Choices and Career Planning.

Matt Allman, Headteacher, said: “Lewis deserves all the plaudits for this achievement and it is the culmination of tough training and a commitment that has seen him travel across the UK to compete. We are keen to see how he progresses and it will be exciting to see the opportunities this elite programme brings.”