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Apprenticeship training course

Sporting excellence professional (level 3)

Able to competently perform the professional sport in which they train such as; cricket, football, rugby league, rugby union and equestrianism.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Dressage rider
  • Equestrian athlete
  • Eventer
  • Jockey
  • Professional cricketer
  • Professional footballer
  • Professional rugby league player
  • Professional rugby player
  • Professional sportsman
  • Show jumper
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Use digital technology to refine and optimise performance in terms of tactical approach to the opposition, understanding their strengths and weaknesses, creating individual tactical plans and reviewing training and competitive performance.
  • Use data and digital insight to improve performance of their skills and performance.
  • Continually improve physical capabilities by utilising insight and expertise from specialist support staff through completing bespoke conditioning activities such as speed, power and coordination, as well as on and off field/course/venue training programmes that might take place in the gymnasium, swimming pool or performance lab.
  • Engage in injury prevention and management programmes utilising insight and expertise from specialist support staff to help mitigate impact of injury on training and competition performance.
  • Apply safe practice principles across all elements of training, preparation and competition - for example when working with equipment, working alone, working under pressure, or travelling abroad.
  • Take appropriate action to source relevant information for pre- and post-testing and at all times, be able to access a current list of prohibited and banned substances.
  • Implement a programme to improve diet and approach to hydration and nutrition, incorporating feedback and evaluation from specialist support staff.
  • Psychological and Emotional performance: Profile psychological strengths and weaknesses and implement their agreed programme to meet individual and sporting requirements.
  • Apply consistent and effective psychological and emotional skills in training and performance or competition environments.
  • Plan, implement and develop personal leadership skills both in and away from their professional playing/riding career.
  • Communicate and build constructive and effective relationships with staff, colleagues and peers conducive to performance development.
  • Effectively manage conflict and present a positive image of themselves, their organisation and their sport in all situations.
  • Identify and engage with a personal action plan to improve lifestyle management that promotes and develops mental wellbeing and emotional health.
  • Design and implement a personal career action plan that identifies how to manage the transition into the next stage considering secondary and supplementary careers.
  • Deliver consistent performance under pressure through effective integration of all performance disciplines .
  • Reflect and review performance and training to analyse, progress and improve performance, both in training and competition.

Full information on Sporting excellence professional (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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