Norfolk Sports Academy

What We Offer

Each Tier 1 athlete will receive a bespoke package of up to £1000 in either financial/in-kind support from the scheme e.g. workshops, subsidised professional services and access to Sportspark facilities. This represents a progression from the YNSA scheme where the award is £250 cash / £250 in-kind support.

We now have a two-tier structure which has meant we are able to support a greater number of athletes. Tier 2 is for athletes who are at the regional representation level and they can attend workshops and use the Sportspark facilities.

Priority Sports List

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Recognised Sports National Governing Bodies
Aikido British Aikido Board
American Football British American Football Association
Archery Archery GB
Athletics UK Athletics / England Athletics
Badminton Badminton England
Basketball Basketball England
Baseball / Softball Baseball Softball UK
Boccia Boccia England
Boxing British Boxing Board Of Control / Amateur Boxing Association
Canoeing British Canoe Union
Cricket England and Wales Cricket Board
Cycling British Cycling
Equestrian British Equestrian Federation
Fencing British Fencing Association
Football / Futsal The Football Association
Goalball Goalball UK
Golf Andrews / England Golf The Golf Foundation / Ladies Golf Union / Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St.
Gymnastics British Gymnastics
Handball England Handball
Hockey England Hockey
Horse Riding British Horse Racing Authority
Judo British Judo Association
Ju-Jitsu British Ju-Jitsu Association Governing Body
Kendo British Kendo Association
Korfball England Korfball
Lacrosse English Lacrosse Association
Modern Pentathlon Pentathlon GB
Netball England Netball
Rowing British Rowing
Rugby Union The Rugby Football Union
Shooting Clay Pigeon Shooting Association / British Shooting / English Target Shooting Federation / Great Britain Target Shooting Federation / National Rifle Association / National Smallbore Rifle Association
Skiing Snowsport England
Snowboarding Snowsport England
Squash England Squash and Racketball
Swimming and Diving Amateur Swimming Association
Table Tennis England Table Tennis Association
Taekwondo British Taekwondo Council / British Taekwondo / GB Taekwondo
Tennis Lawn Tennis Association
Trampolining British Gymnastics
Triathlon British Triathlon Federation
Volleyball Volleyball England
Weightlifting British Weightlifters Association
Wheelchair Basketball Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association

2023/24 Norfolk Sports Academy Athletes

Jessica-Jane Applegate

Sport/Discipline: Swimming

Social Media: Twitter/X @jessica_jane96  Instagram @jessicajaneapplegate

Ellie Bandy

Sport/Discipline: Athletics; 60m, 100m & 200m Sprinter

A bit about me: Since moving to Norfolk, I have taken my sprinting to a new level. I have improved my 60m, 100m and 200m personal bests dramatically with the help of my coach Nate Rogers and the Norfolk Sports Academy. This has led to me being selected to represent England in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay and winning gold medals for England. I would love to represent England abroad with the ultimate aim being to represent Great Britain at major championships. After sprinting, I would love to become a Sports Psychologist and help athletes with the psychological aspect.

Proudest Sporting Moment: My proudest sporting moment would have to be when I came 2nd in the 200m and 3rd in the 100m at the Senior England Athletics Championships, which led to my first Senior England Selection. I went on to represent England at the Welsh Championships and won the 200m, and represented England at the Manchester Internationals in the 200m (coming 4th) and the 4x100m relay where we won gold. This was a very exciting opportunity and I was delighted to come away with gold medals for my first time representing England at a senior level.

Social Media: Twitter/X @EllieBandy  Instagram @elliebandy

James How

Sport/Discipline: Flat water marathon and spring Kayaking

Kevin Santos

Sport/Discipline: Athletics 100m

A bit about me: The best thing about athletics is running fast in a straight line!

Proudest Sporting Moment: Getting a medal at my first World Championships has given me an automatics qualifying sport for the Paris 2024 Paralympics!

Social Media: Instagram @Kevin.sant0s

Ryan King

Sport/Discipline: Judo

A bit about me: 1st Dan black belt and a British judoka (judo player) based in Norfolk.

Proudest Sporting Moment: In the British Championships, I have medalled 4 times and won the Commonwealth Championships country, as a 13 year old in 2019. Internationally I have won fights in European Open Cups where I’ve fought players who have been champions of their country, a Youth Olympic silver medallists and a number one ranked fighter in the world. As a first year junior, I expect to medal in European Cup events before I transition to senior Judo.

Emily Woods

Sport/Discipline: Artistic Roller Skating – Solo Dance

A bit about me: I started skating when I was 10 years years old in Great Yarmouth. Since then I have become a 10x British Champion in Artistic Roller Skating. I skate in the senior ladies’ solo dance category. I love being able to express myself through my routines.  I have been fortunate enough to travel across the world representing Team GB. Some of my favourite places have been Nanjing China, Ibague in Columbia and Barcelona, Spain. Also, I am a PE teacher and a coach at my club Stalham ARSC.  When I am not skating I love going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.

Proudest Sporting Moment: My proudest team sporting achievement is becoming 10x British Champion this year and representing my country and Europe in World Championships.

Rian Snell

Sport/Discipline: Athletics; 100m and Long Jump

A bit about me: I am Transplant athlete that started my athletic career at the age of just 4 at my first British Transplant games after receiving a live kidney transplant at the age of 3 in 2008, since 2009 being my first competition I have not stopped having a love for the sport going on to compete every year since, in 2018 I started my journey with Team GB at my first world championships, from their I have had the opportunity to represent Team GB at a further world championships and European championships having great success at each event I compete in.

Proudest Sporting Moment: My proudest sporting moment is the first time I stepped onto the track, coming from a transplant athlete it’s a great achievement to be given that second chance at life. My mum successfully gave me that chance, by donating a kidney to me, so stepping on the track is something I never thought I’d be able to do and then with the success that followed over the years I now hold that very first day to be my proudest sporting moment.

Social Media: Instagram @rian.snell

Calvin Smith

Sport/Discipline: Athletics

A bit about me: I started my athletics journey when I was 12 years old after joining City of Norwich Athletics Club. After trying a range of different events from throws, jumps, sprints and middle distance I decided I enjoyed sprints the most. During my athletics journey, I have achieved a number of national titles, and medals in the Norfolk, East of England and South of England Championships in all the different age groups from under 13s to under 20s. I have been UK number 1, won a number of Athletic Norfolk age group track athlete of the year awards as well as being runner up in the Norfolk and the Norfolk and Waveney Sporting awards where I was up against several different sportsmen/women from many different sports.  What I hope to achieve in the future short term is to be awarded my senior England vest representing England in the bigger championships like the Loughborough International as well as my Great Britain vest representing team Gb in the European u23 Championship.

Proudest Sporting Moment: To date, I would say my proudest sporting achievement was as an under 17 when winning the English Schools Championship for Norfolk in the 400m. As a result of winning Gold, I was awarded my England vest and went on to represent England in the Schools International Athletics Board Championship where I also claimed gold in the 400m and gold as part of the 4x400m relay.

Social Media: Twitter/X @Calsmith_7  Instagram @calsmith_7

Conrad Winter

Sport/Discipline: Athletics; Decathlon

A bit about me: My name is Conrad Winter. I am 18 years old and compete in the u20 age group category- in which I compete in my discipline, decathlon. My favourite event out of the 10 is the long jump, and my least favourite is 1500m. I started athletics at the age of 10 and through the years have become more passionate about the sport, and become a more dedicated athlete. I have high aspirations and hope to one day qualify for the Olympic games. In the near future, my goal is to qualify for the U20 World Championships in August of 2024.

Proudest Sporting Moment: Representing England for the first time in 2019. Winning the English schools championships in ‘23 despite a fall in the hurdles.

Social Media: Instagram @1conradwinter

Get Involved as an Athlete

The NSA award is designed to support and develop athletes in achieving their maximum potential. Programmes are individualised to athletes’ specific needs with the shared aim of achieving success.

We are looking for athletes who meet our eligibility criteria, who should be 18 years and over and be currently representing England or Great Britain at age group or senior level (or EU home country) or be part of an England or GB development squad having attended an England or GB ‘potential talent’ training camp within the last 12 months.

If you would like an opportunity to be involved in this exciting journey and further your experience in elite performance please check the criteria and apply online below.

Eligibility criteria

You are a UK or EU citizen and a full-time resident in Norfolk*.

Currently representing England or Great Britain at age group or senior level (or EU home country)

Part of an England or GB development squad having attended an England or GB ‘potential talent’ training camp within the last 12 months.

will be given to those able-bodied athletes under the age of 25 years, and disabled athletes under the age of 28 years, on the date of application.

The academy will mentor, monitor and guide athletes to achieve their goals, such as obtaining a professional contract or retention/inclusion in a National Governing Body talent performance programme. These athletes will receive a personalised programme suited to their specific needs.

There are several references that will form the basic terms and conditions of the scheme which will include, but may not be the final list, the following:

Personal eligibility

Athletes must:

  • Live in Norfolk
  • Aged 18+ years
  • Currently representing England or Great Britain at age group or senior level (or EU home country)
  • Part of an England or GB development squad having attended an England or GB ‘potential talent’ training camp within the last 12 months
  • Be able to attend training sessions if required

Athletes will be asked to agree to the following:

  • The use of their name and photographs for publicity and profile
  • To represent the Norfolk Sports Academy at events as required
  • To sign an NSA Athlete contract to commit fully to the scheme
  • To agree to give monthly feedback on their sporting achievements
  • We are interested to hear from athletes who have a positive attitude to improving, reflected in their dedication and commitment to training.

*if you regularly reside in Norfolk for extended periods please contact to discuss your situation.

Apply Online

Applications for the 2023/24 intake for the Norfolk Sports Academy have closed. Please fill in your details below to be added to the 2024/25 interest list. Applications open June 2024.

Link to NSA Application form: here. 

Contact Us

If you are a member of an organisation that would wish to become a supporter of this scheme, please drop us an email at

Mills and Reeve

Harrod Sport



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