Oxford Brookes University retains TASS Dual Career Accreditation
Oxford Brookes University continues to lead the way in supporting talented student-athletes, having been re-accredited by the innovative Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) initiative.
The Sport England-backed programme supports young sports people on the talent pathway to ensure success in their higher education pursuits alongside their sporting goals.
By formally recognising an institution’s commitment to supporting student-athletes, the TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme aims to allow athletes to reach their potential in education alongside achieving success in their sport.
As a Dual Career Accredited Site, Oxford Brookes University is an important extension of the network of universities that already partner with TASS, delivering core support services to more than 600 student-athletes each year.
These support services include physiotherapy, nutrition, lifestyle support, psychology strength and conditioning and a private medical scheme.
We are delighted to have been re-accredited with Dual Career status by TASS. It’s a hugely beneficial programme that supports our student-athletes in achieving success on and off the playing field. We look forward to many more years of working with TASS to support our high performance student-athletes.
Keith Kelly, Director of Sport
All Dual Career Accredited Sites receive training and a toolkit of resources to equip them with practical dual career support and bring together all parties who work with the student-athlete.
For student-athletes, the academic flexibility policies allow the identified student-athletes with the opportunity to access online notes or resources, the ability to arrange catch up sessions with teaching staff, or even reschedule deadlines or exam dates in exceptional circumstances.
The recognition of Oxford Brookes University being re-accredited as a TASS Dual Career Accredited Site will continue to attract a greater number of talented athletes and build connections with other local sporting institutions.
TASS National Director, Guy Taylor, said: “We’re delighted to be awarding TASS Dual Career Accreditation to colleges and universities across England.
“Dual career support is at the forefront of what TASS does and that’s why the Accreditation Scheme is so important for us in recognising those institutions who place precedence on their athletes’ education too.
“We hope that the academic flexibility policies put into place for the Accreditation will begin to develop an effective and lasting dual career structure within each institution.
“Congratulations to the successful institutions and we look forward to working alongside many more outstanding colleges and universities in the near future.”
TASS is part of the SportsAid family – funded by the National Lottery through Sport England with a goal to help young sports people juggle the demands of sport and education.
Since 2004 they have supported more than 6,000 sports people - enabling talented student-athletes across the country to fulfil their academic and sporting potential.
TASS is recognised globally as a leader in ‘dual career’ and has worked with and advised bodies as diverse as the IOC, EU and many government and sporting organisations.