High Performance Funding News

High Performance Funding Model 2016

Dear Players

I am writing with an update on the future 2016 High Performance (HP) Strategy. This information will explain the funding application process for players and some key dates. 

Over the past several months we have undertaken a review of the performance environment. There has been a two stage performance review, the second half of which was with the AIS. This provided a comprehensive report (available on the website) on the requirements for a successful high performance system. In addition we have listened a lot pf players, coaches and administrators views at the numerous focus groups we have held around the Country.

This process as provided a number of key performance factors – improvement of the daily training environment, performance coach development to name a few.

As a result through the next year we will develop a new ‘Winning Edge’ High Performance Squad of players. 

Squash Australia is currently advertising for a High Performance Manager and High Performance Coach who will be in place from February based in Brisbane. Once these positions are in place, a centralised training base will be developed primarily for players from the Winning Edge Squad, but it will be open to other talented Australian Squash players.

It will take the next twelve months to develop the new HP system and Winning Edge squad. While this is being developed we will be allocating support against three group of players: 

1.  Commonwealth Games 2018 Medal Target players - CGM

This group of players would be those capable of winning medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

2.  Transition age players (19-25) - TP

Players capable of making the 2018 Commonwealth Games team and achieving medal success in the longer term e.g. 2022 Commonwealth Games. Exceptional talent that is committed and can demonstrate via competition and physical targets, that they can achieve longer term.  

3.  Future World Champions – FWC (<19)

Young players that demonstrate talent evidenced by results at recognised tournaments and achieve minimum fitness requirements.

As a result of the funding reductions by the ASC over the past five years, we need to focus funding on a smaller group of players to maintain the funding we are providing.

Please find details on the funding application process below:
  • The attached player funding application needs to be completed providing personal details, daily training environment details, tournament plan, results against criteria and short to medium term goals.
  • For guidance players will be requested to self-evaluate against the competition criteria attached, stating how many of the competition goals they pass. As an indication players need to meet 2 or more of the competition targets. 
  • On completion of the application form, players who are successful will be categorised in to one of the three groups CGM – TP – FWC for support.
The Applications will be processed in January and support agreed for a twelve month period.

Please can all players who would like to be supported by Squash Australia please return the Individual Performance Template document fully completed. Please note all sections are required to be completed to be eligible for funding in 2016. 

On the successful completion of the first AIS camp in Canberra last week, we are happy to announce a second camp at the AIS the week after the Australia Junior open in April. At this stage we are looking to prioritise ‘Winning Edge’ criteria players first. More details will follow.

Finally for the senior players, in August we will host the World doubles championships (Darwin 16-21st). 

We will hopefully have two doubles sports available. More details on this will shortly follow.

Other major events in 2016 include the World Junior Championships in Poland and the Women’s World Team Championships in France.

Criteria for all of these events will be available on the website in January.

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