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South Central Academy Trials - Update from Scott @ South Central Academy.

Writing in pencil...and all may be subject to change...

South Central Academy Trials! It's been a pretty strange season so far and we are still distance out from 30th June, the current BTF/ITU lockdown dates.

I appreciate that we are living in the moment but want to attempt to give you something to look toward Provisionally the South Central Academy trials will take place over the weekend off Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September at Radley College. At this stage it will be a requirement to attend both days, as there will be different swim, bike, run assessments on both days. There is a whole load of work being done by Dan Salcedo and the Pathway Team to take into account the fact that athletes will be coming into the trials with minimal pool swimming time, so that will be factored in, once we have come up with a cunning algorithm! If successful at the Radley Weekend athletes will then be invited to attend the Academy weekends held at Sibford Ferris School. Academy weekends are pencilled in for 24th & 25th October 2020 21st & 22nd November 2020 5th & 6th December 2020 16th & 17th January 2021 13th & 14th February 2021 13th & 14th March 2021 It is intended to run the February Camp at Sibford School straight off the back of the February weekend, with the Camp running from Sunday 14th until Friday 19th Feb 2021. There will be additional open water days training days covering lake & sea swimming April/May 2021 and I'm sure there will be some Intelligent Racing Days where Academies come to gather to do a days training. At this stage I have more questions than answers around what the trials will look like or the number of athletes will be in the Academy, or how the Academies weekends will work if social distancing is still in place. All these things are being considered as I write & re-write Risk Assessments & session plans and adhere to the plans that both schools have in place. I have ordered some PPE for the Academy, although given that most athletes can't understand me without a mask... Remember that we are lucky as we can still get out to play and it's great seeing the innovative & creative ways that athletes, parents & coaches are dealing with their situations. Happy to take questions on or on 07870596873. Scott

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