The Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme (HTAS)
Hampshire County Council provides support services to help Hampshire’s most talented athletes reach world class podiums e.g. Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships. Support starts at county level and goes through to athletes competing internationally. As the performance pathways for different sports vary hugely, each National Governing Body (NGB) of sport is consulted to ensure that support is given at the right level. Disciplines not supported by the NGB or without clear performance pathways will not be eligible for HTAS support.
A variety of factors will influence the level of support provided to an athlete. These factors include national and international rankings, national and international competition results (for individual sports) and selection for national and international teams (for team sports).
Applications for the full support package are open between 1 September and 10 October 2014. Support is based on performance levels and can include:
- Free access to participating leisure centres
- Fast track-physiotherapy service
- Free annual bus travel cards from Stagecoach, Bluestar and First Group
- Sports science support from Southampton Solent University
- Grant of up to £600 (not a guaranteed amount)
- Public speaking and presentation skills training
How to apply
Ensure you are eligible.
Are you aged 11 or over?
Do you live in Hampshire? (Please note that Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight have their own support schemes.) University students must have a parent or guardian living in Hampshire in order to apply for the scheme.
Are you competing in an HTAS supported sport at the right level?
- Print off the guidance notes to ensure that you fill in the form correctly.
- Complete the online application form
Applicants will be informed about the status of their application in December 2014. If successful, grants and services will be allocated in January 2015.
Angling, Archery (Recurve), Athletics (Olympic disciplines only)
Badminton, Baseball/Softball, Basketball, Biathlon (ski), Bobsleigh (and Bobsleigh Skeleton), Bowls, Boxing
Canoeing, Cricket (outdoor only), Curling, Cycling
Equestrian (show jumping, eventing, dressage)
Fencing, Football (girls/women’s)
Golf, Gymnastics (Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline, Acrobatics, Aerobic, Tumbling, Double Mini Trampoline)
Handball, Hockey (outdoor only)
Ice Hockey, Ice Skating (Figure skating, short track speed skating, speed skating)
Modern Pentathlon, Mountaineering
Rounders, Rowing, Rugby League, Rugby Union
Sailing, Shooting, Skiing (alpine, cross country, freestyle, Nordic combined, ski jumping), Snowboarding, Squash
Swimming (Olympic events only), Synchronised swimming
Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon
Waterskiing, Weightlifting, Windsurfing, Water polo, Wrestling
Supported disability sports
Archery (Recurve), Athletics (Paralympic disciplines only)
Boccia, Biathlon (skiing)
Canoe, Cricket, Cycling
Football (5-a-side and 7-a-side)
Ice Sledge Hockey
Sailing, Shooting, Skiing (Alpine and cross country), Swimming
Table Tennis, Triathlon
Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Curling, Wheelchair Fencing, Wheelchair Tennis, Wheelchair Rugby
This table gives an overview of the HTAS structure. Each sport will vary according to performance pathways.
If you are aged 11 or over and:
You may be eligible to receive
Application form to complete
- The number and frequency of performances (especially international performances) will be taken into consideration when deciding award levels. Where a national championship exists, results and rankings may be required from this competition e.g. swimming/ athletics/ diving/ sailing.
- Age group rankings will only be accepted to Under 20s level. After this, rankings must be from open senior competition.
- Please note, access to gyms/ fitness suites for under 16s is at the discretion of the leisure centres.
Examples of performance level for sports
Below are examples of the levels of performance required to receive support services. Funding will be granted to those athletes competing at the highest levels in their sport but who do not receive more than £7500 in funding from their NGB or through the World Class Programme.
A top 15 ranking from the Power of Ten AND a top 15 result from a national or international championship such as: the English Schools Championships, England Athletics Championships, World U20 Championships, World Youth Olympic Games, European Junior Championships, Commonwealth Games, Olympic/ Paralympic Games.
A top 15 result from national and international championships such as: the Boccia National Championships, GB Boccia Championships, Cheshire Building Society International Boccia Championships, European Championships, and Paralympics. Member of the England and/or GB squad.
Played in the Futures Cup U16 / U18 or selected for High Performance Centre U15 / U17, selected for the England training squads U16 / U18, selected for the England U21, senior England team or Team GB.
Member of a National Talent League team (Team South), British Colleges squad member, in the National Excel Programme, member of the England senior, U17, U19 team.
British Sailing Team Olympic or Paralympic Programme Podium Potential Athlete (UK Sport Levels D and E).
British Sailing Team Olympic or Paralympic Programme Podium Potential Athlete (UK Sport Levels F and G) or member of the RYA Tailored Support (TS) Group at time of selection in an RYA Youth class.
Member of 2013-14 RYA UK Youth Squad or;
athletes selected from the primary indicator results/ ranking for the 2013-14 RYA Transition Training or UK Junior Squads as follows:
- Laser Radial (Transition Training) – Top 5 boys and top 5 girls
- RS:X (Transition Training) – Top 3 boys and top 3 girls
- 420 (Transition Training) – Top 5 boys and top 5 girls
- 29er (Transition Training) – Top 10 teams
- Optimist – Top 10 boys and top 10 girls
- Topper – Top 10 boys and top 10 girls
- Laser 4.7 – Top 5 boys and top 5 girls
- BIC Techno (windsurfing) – Top 2 7.8 boys, top 2 7.8 girls, top 2 6.8 boys and top 2 6.8 girls.
- RS Feva XL – Top 5 teams
- Mirror – Top 2 teams
- Cadet – Top 2 teams
Member of 2013-14 RYA Transition Training or UK Junior Squad.