National Development Programme

WHAT IS THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (NDP)?

The National Development Programme is the second step along the performance development pathway and focuses on the top performing young athletes aged between 16-19 across Wales. The programme is underpinned by an Athlete competency framework and follows a 2-year curriculum which aims to provide athletes and their coaches with the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviours to continue their progression in the sport of Athletics.

 

Programme Aims:

  • To facilitate the smooth transfer of talented Junior athletes to the Senior ranks
  • To provide a structured programme that addresses the Physical skills, performance behaviours and mental attributes of Welsh athletes
  • To support coaches of talented athletes to create excellence in the daily training environments
  • To increase the number of Welsh Athletics athletes at the England Athletics Championships and on U20 Great Britain teams

 

2021-2022 Applications:

Welsh Athletics National Developement Application Pack 2021-22

 

An athlete who is on the National Development Programme will receive the following benefits:

  • An invitation for both Athlete and Coach to attend a 2-day camp and a NDP day
  • Physical and performance behaviour profiling with practitioners and Welsh Athletics Staff
  • Individual Action Plans to work on with personal coaches
  • Access to online virtual sessions focusing on Technical, performance behaviours, lifestyle and mental skills
  • An invite to apply for the Welsh Athletics 2021 pilot S&C academy 
  • Meetings with the National Talent Development Coordinator to discuss individual athlete progress.
  • A NDP group competition opportunity at a high standard domestic competition
 

Athletes must be in the upper U17 and U20 age groups (or school years 11-14) to be eligible for selection on to the National Development  Programme. You must have achieved the performance standard for your group in the 2021/2022 season to be accepted onto the National Development Programme.

If you have achieved a performance standard below then please fill out the application form outlining why you want to be pat of the National Development Programme and how the programme will support you as an athlete and coach.

Performance Standards

 

National Development Programme

Minimum standard Female

National Development Programme

Minimum standard Male

Event

U17

U20

U17

U20

100

12.30

12.10

11.10

10.95

200

25.20

24.80

22.20

21.90

400

40.70 (300m)

56.80

50.00

49.00

800

2.16

2.14

1.58

1.56

1500

4.44

4.38

4.05

3.58

3000

10.30

10.20

9.03

8.48

5000

-

18.00*

-

15.15*

1500 S/C

5.14

5.10

4.31

-

2000 S/C

-

-

-

6.15

3K walk

15.15

-

13.30

-

5K walk

-

25.30

-

21.40

100/110mH

-

14.50

-

14.80

3ft3/2ft6

11.75 (80mH)

 

13.75

 

400mH

 

64.50

57.50

56.00

300mH

45.50

 

 

 

Long jump

5.40

5.60

6.50

6.80

Triple Jump

11.1

11.30

13.2

14.0

High Jump

1.60

1.67

1.85

1.95

Pole Vault

3.30

3.45

4.20

4.40

Shot Putt

-

12.50

-

-

6kg/3kg

12.50

-

-

13.75

5kg

-

-

13.00

-

Discus

33.00

36.00

-

-

1.75kg

-

-

 

43.00

1.5kg

-

-

41.00

-

Hammer

-

45.00

-

-

6kg/3kg

47.00

-

-

47.50

5kg

-

-

45.00

-

Javelin

-

42.00

 

42.00

700g/500g

39.00

-

39.00

-

Combined Events

4200

4500

4800 (Ocathalon)

6300 (Decathalon)

Para Athletics

Disabled Athletes will need their application to be endorsed by a member of the

DSW Performance Pathway Team

 

*Road times will be considered but only in licensed road competitions (Parkrun times will not be accepted). Athletes will also be considered for the programme if they have achieved a top 25 finish at the Liverpool Cross Challenge or a top 3 placing at the British Mountain Running Championships.

NB. Performance standards are reviewed on an annual basis

In order to move up to the Futures programme, developing athletes will need to have registered a performance within the tolerances laid out in the table on pages 10 and 11 of the Athlete Developement Programme.

Please note whilst having a performance registered within the tolerance table, Welsh Athletics are limited in the number of spaces we can offer on this programme each year. Therefore, places will be subject to an application process, reviewed by the performance team and there will be no appeal process for this programme.