The Excel Talent Programme has been brought into the performance pathway, and in the new structure forms part of the Podium Potential Pathway, supported by both UK Sport and Sport England. The programme looks to identify, support and develop athletes who demonstrate the potential to progress to Podium Potential in the future, by providing education to develop the foundation skills required for future performance.
The two year programme provides selected riders with the opportunity to have access to top equestrian specialists including: international coaches, HSSM (physiotherapists, psychologists) and ESSM (farriers, saddlers, vets) practitioners, via a series of rider performance camps.
For those athletes within Podium Potential Pathway who achieve the top level performance standard, they may be eligible for an Athlete Performance Award from UK Sport, which would give them access to the wider programme support available (as received through Podium Potential squads).
Riders who were part of the 2017-2019 intake for the Excel Talent Programme will complete the current programme, which will formally finish 1 April 2019.