Before applying to join the Athlete Development Programme please read the introduction to the programme here, which summarises the purpose, our values, and what we deliver. Please also take time to familiarise yourself with the Athlete Pathway. In particular the Pathway Stage Descriptions as your application to join the ADP will be assessed in relation to these.
The ADP is designed to support the development of athletes who have the attributes – including attitude, commitment and ability – to move up the Pathway to success at senior international level, specifically Senior World Championship and Olympic level.
Whilst results and rankings are a part of the application process, athletes are not automatically eligible to join the BF ADP simply based on results or rankings.
The eligibility criteria to submit an application to apply to join the ADP are:
Applications at T3 level and above will typically be done on an invitation only basis supported by the ADP Coaching Leads. Athletes will still be required to provide the evidence described below aligned with the expectations of the Pathway Stage they are identifying with. If you are age 21 and over, at pathway stage T4 and above and are not already part of the ADP or receiving invites to camps please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For athletes applying to join at T1/T2 pathway levels (Sport England funded pathway activities), there is an annual two stage application process.
Athletes with a ranking of top 15 (Cadet, Junior) or who have been selected to represent GBR at a Senior World Cup will be eligible to submit an application.
BF are accepting stage 1 applications for the 2022 -2023 seasons and the application window will close on the 25th September.
Application Form – Click Here
The first stage of the T1/T2 application process will require athletes to provide:
Evidence should include:
For athletes aged 18 and over it is the expectation of the programme that athletes are independent, resilient and manage their own interactions with the programme. For parents/guardians still intending to be involved with the administration and management of the athlete’s participation in the programme, please submit a parental statement as above plus a short explanation and description of if, how and when these responsibilities will be transferred to the athlete.
Should an athlete be successful in the first stage they (along with their personal coach) will be invited to attend an assessment camp, normally held between Christmas and New Year. Additional information will be requested in advance of the camp including:
There is an additional opportunity to join the ADP via the Diploma in Sport Excellence (DiSE) programme, although the bulk of the places available are expected to be taken up by existing ADP fencers. The DiSE application window is usually open until the start of August. For further information on the programme Click Here.
Return to ‘The ADP Zone‘ to find out more information about the work that we do.
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