Following last year’s success that saw the pairing of Salisbury young athlete, Cameron Jacobs, with his mentor, Paralympic Gold Medallist, Chris Skelley, Sarum Rotary is once again offering a scholarship to the True Athlete Project (TAP) for a year of world-class mentoring to another local athlete or sports person.
Last year, in addition to Cameron’s scholarship, 5 other young, local athletes were successful, being offered and taking up places which were partly sponsored by TAP. The feedback we have received from TAP is that all of these mentoring pairings have been going extremely well.
This year, Sarum Rotary (with the help of local businesses) is looking to offer 2 full scholarships for the 2022 programme.
The TAP mentoring programme won the World Olympians’ Association Partnership Award in 2018, and matches committed, aspiring athletes aged 15-24 with world-class champions (both Olympians and Paralympians) in a year-long, nurturing relationship. The experience these young athletes receive is priceless. For more information about TAP, visit www.thetrueathleteproject.org
Sarum Rotary is now calling upon Salisbury-based sports and athletics clubs and associations to nominate young people for one of these scholarships.
The nominated person will need to submit a simple application form here by 30th September 2021 by visiting www.thetrueathleteproject.org/submit-your-application.html, ensuring Sarum Rotary is mentioned as the referrer on the application.
Sarum Rotary will fund the place of at least one accepted candidate (or more if further sponsorship can be obtained). If multiple candidates are accepted, then The True Athlete Project has some additional limited scholarship funds to help reduce costs for those who would struggle to afford the whole amount.
Further details regarding the application process and criteria are shown below:
September 30th: Application deadline.
October: Applications assessed.
November: Interviews take place.
December: Applicants are notified of the result, and who their mentor will be.
January 2022: Mentoring relationship begins. Mentees and mentors meet approximately every 2 weeks for 60-90minutes via Zoom, for one year. In-person meetings are also possible. Mentees also receive several online workshops, including a 6-week “In the Zone: Mindfulness for Athletes” class.
Criteria for Acceptance:
Candidates should be aged 15-24, committed to their overall personal and athletic growth through sport, open to TAP’s holistic approach, and able to commit to the year-long programme. There is no particular ranking/standard cut-off.
How Athletes are Matched:
Mentees and mentors are matched across sport, to ensure that the programme focuses on the mental-emotional/lifestyle aspects of broadening and deepening who we are as athletes, as opposed to replacing a sport-specific/technical/tactical coach. TAP’s current cohort matches 34 athletes across 21 sports and 8 countries! TAP do not pair athletes based on geography. Rather, they meet every applicant to decide who would be a good fit with who, based on personality characteristics, struggles faced, level of experience, etc.
If you have any questions about the TAP programme or the application process, please reach out to either David Clayton of Sarum Rotary (email@example.com) or Laurence Halsted of TAP (firstname.lastname@example.org).