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 are entitled to reduced rates for physiotherapy and massage therapy services, access to informative seminars and activities, and may receive subsidized access to Aberdeen Sports Village.
For 2019/2020, Academy athletes will also receive their choice of payment of their ASV membership for 12 months or a one-time reimbursement of £180 for travel expenses to compete in a championship event. Events that qualify for reimbursement include:
The British Athletics Championships.
European XC trials which are part of the 2019/2020 British Athletics Cross Challenge Series, held on 23rd November 2019 at Sefton Park, Liverpool.
Inter Counties (requires selection), part of the 2019/2020 British Athletics Cross Challenge Series, held on 7th March 2020 at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.
England Athletics U15, U17, U20, U23 Indoor or Outdoor Championships. There’s a Parallel Success disability event runs alongside these again with standards for entry.
England Athletics Senior Championships and UKCAU championships run along with the England Athletics Disability Championships.
Any Academy athlete who is not eligible for the above competitions may submit to the subcommittee a request for expenses reimbursement for attending a comparable event which incurs significant travel expenses.
Additional services and benefits may be provided in the future.
The criteria for invitation in 2019/2020:
- 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;
- have been selected to compete for Scotland (international) by Scottish Athletics or Scottish Schools Athletics Association 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.
- Para-athletes must have a national or international classification.
- Coaches may apply to the subcommittee on behalf of their athletes.
- The Aberdeen AAC committee has the final decision for invitation to the Academy.
The Academy is administered by an AAAC subcommittee consisting of Brian Pahlmann (AAAC Club Manager), Ruth Watson (AAAC Pathways Development Officer), Eoghan MacNamara, and James Joy, who are all responsible to the Aberdeen AAC executive committee. Additionally, one Academy athlete is included to represent their peers; for 2019/2020, that is Jane Davidson.