Charterhouse Athlete Programme
Our Charterhouse Athlete Programme (CAP), which looks at various elements of support in order to assist some of our top young sportsmen and sportswomen in the School.
Strands such as nutrition, psychology, sport science and monitoring are key parts of this programme in order to educate and develop these individuals.
All Sport Scholars are automatically enrolled on this programme and others are considered for enrolment by the Sports Department.
As a member of the CAP, all athletes are eligible to receive the following:
Ensuring Physical Challenge and Progression
Fundamentally, athletes at Charterhouse are growing athletes. We recognise that they may experience rapid and regular growth spurts. Our programme consequently accounts for these challenges and aims to enhance the physical literacy of our athletes in a way that minimises their injury risk to increase the amount of time they spend participating in sport, and improves their athleticism for competition. We consider these aims to be important in supporting not only sporting endeavour, but also in fostering a lifelong affinity for sport and physical activity.
We challenge our athletes through three movement paradigms. The first consists of 10 levels of increasing movement complexity across 10 movement patterns which aim to improve strength and movement competency. The second addresses distribution of mass, challenging sensory skills such as balance and co-ordination. The third consists of movement type, whether moving the body at maximum speed or holding a certain position for a sustained period of time. Our athletic development strategy is also supported by the ‘Supple 6’ mobility programme, where athletes can access a tailored mobility programme as prescribed by their coach-led mobility assessment.
Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
All CAP athletes have the opportunity to access a 15 minute triage. This triage offers an athlete the opportunity to follow a rehabilitation programme, or receive ongoing physiotherapy support via GP referral.
Sport Science and Monitoring
All athletes receive athletic profiling reports throughout the year. These reports highlight the results of whole-body strength, aerobic and mobility assessments as well as injury-risk and non-invasive maturity profiling.
Athletes also complete a daily wellbeing questionnaire which highlights issues such as soreness, psychological stress and sleep. Together with their training load diaries, these are used to individualise their day-to-day experience of sport and minimise overtraining-related injuries.
All athletes on the Charterhouse Athlete Programme have access to a nutrition handbook characterised by a series of articles and quizzes specific to their stage of physical and cognitive development. These contain five comprehensive themes including:
- eating for health
- eating to perform
- eating to recover
- eating for growth
- understanding eating habits.
All CAP athletes have access to a psychology handbook series that is specific to their stage of cognitive development. In this, they will find a comprehensive and practical discussion of the five ‘C’s; confidence, commitment, concentration, control and communication. Athletes are also invited to formal workshops on practical mental skills and performance psychology throughout the year.
Performance reviews are delivered remotely and involve a practical process of reflection wherein athletes identify strengths, weaknesses and gaps in self-awareness and tactical awareness as it relates to their sport. We also use data from the Sport Science & Monitoring Programme to create reports which include attendance statistics and attitude towards their development.
Expectations & Commitment
The CAP has guidelines in terms of etiquette, behaviour and attitude and it is expected that all our sportsmen and sportswomen on this programme embrace these expectations and commitments.