West Midlands West Midlands Regional Academy

West Midlands

Creating Triathlon opportunities for everyone across the West Midlands

West Midlands Regional Academy

The West Midlands Region has re-established a Regional Academy to develop young athletes from local and regional programmes to become national and internationally recognised athletes in union with the BTF National Development Strategy.

In addition to monthly Academy days, athletes will benefit from continuous monitoring by a team of dedicated coaches. We're delighted to announce the appointment of Level 3 Triathlon Coach Steve Lloyd to the position of Regional Head Coach.  He is supported by Andy Teagle and Danielle Stewart.
Steve said "I am really looking forward to helping those talented athletes in the West Midlands to build on their potential and give them opportunities to experience top quality coaching from inside and outside the sport with a view to producing athletes capable of being accepted on to the World Class Programme.  I also hope that through nurturing these young athletes that they are all given the opportunity to reach their potential and be the best they are capable of and to be proud to be a part of the West Midlands Regional Academy."
Steve has been involved in sport and coaching for over 16 years and has run his own Triathlon Coaching business Absolute Triathlon for 6 years. He is also Head Coach and Chairman for Nottingham and Worcester based Absolute Triathlon Club launched in 2009 which now boasts over 100 members including just under 40 juniors.
The Academy athletes are drawn from the six counties of the West Midlands, comprising Birmingham, Black Country, Greater Warwickshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Worcester & Hereford, and will be fully complemented by the quality coaching provided by their Club Coaches within the West Midlands clubs. The Academy is also supported by a very effective and active committee currently chaired by Rob Robson. Steve commented "It is really great to be working with such a dynamic team in the West Midlands, I hope to bring my skills, experience and to make the academy the performance focus of the entire region that junior triathletes strive to be a part of.  I have previously assisted at the Academy and it’s a huge honour to be back developing new and existing talent as well as working with the high number of quality club coaches throughout the region."

Academy Athletes

Trials were held at several Talent ID days and the Academy now has a core squad of 13 athletes aged between 13 and 18 years who each attained the required standard:

Alex Roslow Stafford Triathlon Club
Alex Teagle  Solihull Triathlon Club
Chris Brookes Black Country Triathletes
Courtney Ricketts Black Country Triathletes
George Goodwin  
Holly Barnett Wrekin College Tri
Jimmy Kershaw Oswestry Olympians
Lauren Pestana Black Country Triathletes
McCauley Carline Wrekin College Tri
Megan McDonald  
Sian Rainsley Stratford Sharks
Sophie Edge  
Frances Butler  
Several other athletes were identified with the potential to join the Academy, and these will be invited to attend some of the sessions. There will be 12 Academy sessions per year and all athletes on the programme will benefit from top coaching across all 3 disciplines plus sessions covering strength and conditioning, nutrition, bike fit and maintenance to name but a few. 
Membership of the Academy is continuous, not annual, and any athlete not yet in the Academy who can reach the required standard is able to join at any stage. The most likely route into the Academy is through the clubs and Club Coaches but if you require more information about the Academy, or wish to discuss selection, please contact Steve Lloyd at steve@absolute-triathlon-coaching.co.uk.
Academy Training Dates are:
28th January
25th February
11th March
5th/6th May
2nd June
7th/8th July
15th September
13th October
10th/11th November
8th December


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