World Class Pathway

It can take athletes years to develop the skills and competitive maturity required to win medals in the world’s toughest sporting arenas. In recognising this UK Sport’s approach to funding reflects that journey and works on the basis of an athlete pathway with three clear and distinct levels that make up the World Class Pathway.

Podium and Podium Potential Programmes

The two major components of the World Class Swimming Programme are the Podium and Podium Potential programmes.  The Home Countries (ASA, WASA and SASA) manage the Talent level programme, with links into the Podium Potential programme, with all aiming to work cohesively to provide a seamless World Class Pathway.

  • Podium - supports athletes possessing genuine and strong medal potential at the next Olympic Games in Rio (a maximum of four years away from the Podium). 
  • Podium Potential - compises athletes whose performances indicate they have realistic capabilities for making the Olympic Team in 2016 and medal potential at those Games or in 2020.
  • Talent - designed to support the identification and conformation of athletes who have the potential to progress through the World Class Pathway.

Investment Guidelines

Investment guidelines: for membership of the Podium and Podium Potential Programmes for the year 1st November 2016 to 30th September 2017 can be found here:

Investment Guidelines 2016 - 2017

The British Swimming Fundind Appeal Review Procedure can be found here:

BRITISH SWIMMING FUNDING APPEAL REVIEW PROCEDURE