Sport Foundation lead Talent ID programme

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The charitable organisation has over 60 places available on its development programme for next term ­– offering children the chance to discover hidden abilities and make a first step into life as an athlete.

The programme, which has expanded to include central and western Island hubs for 2018/19, began at the Geoff Reed Table Tennis Centre on Tuesday with a range of tests. It is hoped that teenagers in Years 8-11 will take up particular sports which suit their skill sets.

‘We’re on the lookout for the next sprinter, jiu jitsu athlete, bobsledder – we want to help children identify what sport is right for them,’ said JSF coach John Scriven.

‘We have 80 kids vying for 65 places for next year, where they will be given training advice and support relating to nutrition and psychology. Then they’ll be re-evaluated and if they do well they can join our senior performance programme.’

The junior development scheme has place for just 20 athletes last year.

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