Team Durham are lucky to receive substantial support from a range of National Governing Bodies to enable us to deliver our sports programmes to the highest of standards, with opportunities for our athletes and coaches. Durham is also supported by the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).
The RFU has a close partnership with Universities across the country, providing support and resource to enable partner institutions to deliver a broad rugby programme for students, from representative competition in BUCS to more local opportunities and off the pitch development as coaches and officials. There is a focus on growth, sustainability and transition of students into and out of their university rugby programmes.
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British Rowing is the governing body for the sport of rowing (both indoor rowing and rowing on water). They are committed to ensuring that the sport continues to thrive from the grassroots right up to winning medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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The R&A’s purpose is to make golf more accessible, more appealing and more inclusive and to be responsible for upholding the traditions of golf while embracing change and breaking down barriers to progress.
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The ECB runs successful England teams, oversees domestic and recreational cricket, and runs participation programmes.
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The LTA's vision is Tennis opened up; to grow tennis by making it relevant, accessible, welcoming and enjoyable. The LTA are here to govern and develop tennis in Britain, from grassroots participation through to the professional game.
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UK Anti-Doping is the UK’s National Anti-Doping Organisation responsible for protecting clean sport in the UK, and are governed by a worldwide agreed set of rules, protected globally by commitments from both governments and the sports movement.
The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) is part of the SportsAid family, funded by the National Lottery through Sport England with a brief to help young sportspeople juggle the demands of sport and education. Since 2004 TASS have supported more than 6,000 sportspeople - enabling talented student-athletes across the country to fulfil their academic and sporting potential. TASS is recognised globally as a leader in ‘dual career’ and has worked with and advised bodies as diverse as the IOC, EU and many government and sporting organisations.
Durham University is leading the way with supporting talented athletes in education in England, having been accredited by an innovative TASS initiative. The Sport England-backed programme supports young sportspeople on the talent pathway to have the opportunity to gain qualifications alongside their sporting pursuits, follow other interests, as well as further their personal development.
By formally recognising an institution’s commitment to supporting student-athletes, the TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme aims to allow athletes to reach their potential in education alongside achieving success in their sport.
As a Dual Career Accredited Site, Durham University will be an important extension of the network of universities that already partner with TASS, delivering core support services to more than 600 student-athletes each year. These support services include physiotherapy, nutrition, lifestyle support, psychology strength and conditioning and a private medical scheme. While some of the existing services delivered focus solely on developing the young person’s sporting performance, a dual career support structure and academic flexibility policies are central to the help available to athletes based at an Accredited Site. All Dual Career Accredited Sites receive training and a toolkit of resources to equip them with practical dual career support and bring together all parties who work with the athlete.
For student-athletes, the academic flexibility policies may mean they have the opportunity to access online notes or resources, are able to arrange catch up sessions with teaching staff, or even reschedule deadlines or exam dates in exceptional circumstances.
Meanwhile for Durham University, the recognition of becoming a TASS Dual Career Accredited Site is expected to be beneficial by attracting a greater number of talented athletes and building connections with other local sporting institutions.
The TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme recognises an education institution's commitment to dual career support for talented athletes in education.