Tue 27th Oct 2020

WADAC athletes on YTP.

Lily Neate (Coach: Mike Chambers) and Harry Crosby (Coach: Andy Fisher) have been selected for the England Athletics Youth Talent Programme for 2020-22.

They join Oliver Thatcher (Coach: Andy Fisher) who was selected for the programme last year and Maddie Turner (Coach: John Miller) who has been selected to go into the U20s EA Junior Talent Programme after graduating from the Youth Talent Programme last year.

Lily has had a hugely successful 18 months in the sport securing the County 1500m track title, followed by an incredible winter in cross country becoming Hampshire Schools champion, Hampshire League champion and winning the County Championships in January. Lily then finished the season with a second place finish at the South East Inter Counties XC and 5th at the National Cross Country Championships.

Harry has been equally profilic, winning the Hampshire schools long jump title, finishing 6th at English schools championships and being part of the winning Hampshire team in the English schools combined events championships last Summer. Harry improved further over the winter to finish 5th in the National indoor long jump champs, 2nd in the South of England indoor champs and 3rd in the National indoor combined event champs before winning the South of England outdoor long jump title breaking the club record in the process in his one and only competition of the Summer.

The Youth Talent Programme (YTP) is the first step on the Talent pathway designed to meet the needs of identified, talented English athletes aged between 16 and 18 years of age and their coaches. The programme focuses on developing a dual career for the athlete through fulfilling their potential within the sport and also in their education and employability. The programme aims to complement club provision and add value to the athlete and coach plan to help develop a broad range of skills, abilities and behaviours needed for senior success. This is delivered through practical training sessions with likeminded athletes in their event group, performance support sessions and workshops.

We wish Lily and Harry well with their time on the programme over the next two years and look forward to watching their continued success and development in the sport.