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AASE programme (women 16-18)

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme is designed to meet the needs of young women aged between 16 and 18 who have the potential to achieve excellence in rugby whilst pursuing an education at the same time.

The AASE framework has been developed by SkillsActive, in partnership with a number of sports governing bodies, industry experts and other partnership organisations.

The scheme has been running in two Colleges in partnership with the RFU, since 2006 and will be rolled out to a further five colleges in 2013.

The course takes two years to complete, with the AASE framework providing a structured national training and development route.

The framework contains a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), which is fully reflective of the broad range of competences required to be successful in rugby, such as the technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of the game. It also addresses wider issues of being a high performance player such as lifestyle, communication, career management, and health and safety. The framework also includes a BTEC in Understanding How to Achieve Excellence, the theory or knowledge and understanding underpinning the competences

Examples of employment opportunities include coaching, sport development, exercise and fitness, operational management of sports facilities and sports leadership.


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