Performance Squad


The performance squad is for club members who have huge potential or already consistently perform to a high standard. It has the aim of developing talented athletes further, enabling them to maximise their athletic potential while also raising the profile of the club. Benefits of being in the squad include: 

  • We will provide to you a training environment in which you can excel, which includes tailored training sessions and PS only sessions

  • We will provide individual coaching with a monthly 45min 1-2-1 session with the PS coach and access to Training Peaks (online training log)
  • We will provide swim & run video analysis and technique correction
  • We will provide bespoke strength and conditioning sessions

Joining the performance squad only requires an extra £25 on top of the regular membership cost. We ask in return that these athletes demonstrate a high level of commitment to the club, participate in BUCS and other signature races, and act as role models and advisors to fellow club members.

The squad is open to anyone and everyone if they show the potential and enthusiasm to be successful in the sport.

Performance Squad trials will consist of:

  • 400m TT swim - Wednesday 4th October, 7am-8:30am UP Swimming Pool
  • 3 minute watt bike test - Wednesday 4th October, 3-4pm Jubilee Campus Spin Studio
  • 5k Timed Run - Saturday 7th October, 9am, Beeston Parkrun, meet at Portland Building 8:25am

These sessions are still open according to the club timetable. One of the four watt bike sessions will be for Performance squad applicants only. Applications will open nearer to the start of term!

 

Sam Broomhead at the Standard World Championships

Sam Broomhead at the Standard World Championships

Adam Thorpe receiving his second place medal at the world sprint Duathlon championships.

Adam Thorpe receiving his second place medal at the world sprint Duathlon championships.

Applications are invited to our performance squad, with the deadline being Tuesday 10th October 5pm and athletes informed of the decision the following week. We aim to recruit a maximum of 4 female and 4 male athletes who hit the entry criteria or those who show potential to hit the criteria within the training year. Please don’t be dissuaded to put in an application if you don’t quite hit the criteria, all applications will be assessed on current and past performances.

The performance squad has developed over the past few years and this year we are pleased to have Steve Lloyd, British Triathlon Level 3 coach, on the coaching team. Steve is the regional head coach for the West Midlands Academy and has extensive experience in coaching performance triathletes. Steve’s role is predominantly with the performance squad, coaching all their sessions and providing individual feedback to athletes.

 

The aim of the performance squad is to nurture talented athletes to be competitive at the BUCS duathlon, BUCS sprint and BUCS olympic triathlons. Athletes will be provided with performance only sessions to include strength and conditioning, track cycling and running, access to Training Peaks, an online training log tool, which will be reviewed by the performance squad coaches and individual feedback and training advice given. In return we ask athletes to be committed to the squad and training and race at the BUCS duathlon, biathlon, sprint and olympic triathlons.

 

Entry criteria are specified below and athletes to achieve 2 out of the 3:

Men:         Sub 5.30 min 400m swim,     Over 5.5w/kg 3min wattbike test,        Sub 18min 5k run

Women:    Sub 6 min 400m swim,         Over 4.5w/kg 3min wattbike test,         Sub 21min 5k run