The aim of the Aberdeen AAC Academy, along with its partners, is to offer to AAAC athletes who qualify, some assistance to help them progress to the next level of competition and achieve their full potential in athletics. Academy athletes are inducted annually in October.
Academy athletes will receive subsidized access to Aberdeen Sports Village, reduced rates for physiotherapy and massage therapy services, and access to informative seminars and activities. Additional services and benefits may be provided in the future.
To be invited to the Academy in 2017/2018, AAAC members had to meet one of the following criteria:
- the standard for the Outdoor England Athletics Age Group Championships for your age group U15 +;
- attended the British Senior Championships;
- are in the Scottish Athletics/ SDS National Squad.
The criteria for invitation in 2018/2019 will be:
- the standard for the Outdoor England Athletics Age Group Championships for their age group, U15+, in the current year OR;
- have attended the British Senior Championships in the current year OR;
- are on the Scottish Athletics/SDS National Squad for the current year OR;
- have represented Scotland in track and field, cross country, hill running, or road running at the U15 to Senior level in the current year;
- AND have entered as an AAAC athlete AND competed in an AAAC vest in all Scottish championships entered in the current year.
The Academy is administered by an AAAC subcommittee consisting of Brian Pahlmann (AAAC Club Manager), Ruth Watson (AAAC Pathways Development Officer), and Joyce and Ken Hogg (Level 4 Coaches), who are responsible to the Aberdeen AAC executive committee. Additionally, two Academy athletes currently represent their peers on the subcommittee: Sarah Nicol and Michael Ferguson.