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Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence


The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) is a sports performance programme that provides a structured training and development route for talented young Judoka (aged 16-19), who have a real chance of excelling in the sport and achieving on the international stage.

In conjunction with Sport England’s excel strategy for sport and recreation, the AASE program aims to improve the size and quality of the talent pool in England. The key components of an effective talent system are high quality coaching; appropriate competitive opportunities; and good quality clubs and facilities. The AASE program has been developed to provide a valuable option for that important 16-19 age group to balance their sporting aspirations along with their academic development and education.

The framework will contribute towards an increase in the number of international world class athletes winning medals at Olympic/Paralympics/Commonwealth Games, also developing athletes with a better understanding of what it takes to perform at the highest level. These young athletes will gain expertise in nutrition, physiology and goal setting, as well as learning life skills and progression routes to alternative sports employment.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the AASE program are restricted by the British Judo Association.

The AASE framework provides athletes with the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance
  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Sports Performance


Judospace is not currently taking applications for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence.

We recommend that you contact Dave Elmore, EJU Performance Coach, and Judo Development Officer at the University of Wolverhampton.

The essential aim of judo is to teach, help and forward adult maturity, which is an ideal state rearely reached, where a person is capable of dealing with the immediate present task before him without being hindered by earlier formed habits of thought or attitude.
Moshe Feldenkrais, in Higher Judo; Ground Work

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