Talent Development Scheme

The world of performance sport has become increasingly more competitive and with this in mine, authorities have sought ways to nurture its potential talent to give them the best possible start in their future sporting careers. 

The Talent Development Scheme was established in 1996 to provide support and encouragement to Torfaen's talented and elite sports performers.

The aim of the Talent Development Scheme is to provide support and encouragement to Torfaen’s leading talented and elite sports performers, by offering national level sports people free access at designated off-peak times to leisure and sports facilities for personal training and development. 

Since the schemes inception Torfaen has seen over 600 athletes register on the scheme and have supported the creation of Commonwealth Games Gold champions, Olympians and Paralympians. These include:

  • Ceri Dallimore - rifle shooting - Gold medallist, Commonwealth Games
  • Kyron Duke - javelin/shot - Silver and Gold medallist, World Championships
  • Helen Warnes - rifle shooting - Gold medallist, Commonwealth Games
  • Jessica Howells - judo - World Champion
  • Gareth Duke - swimming - Gold and Bronze medallist, Paralympics


For sportsmen and sportswomen of 12 years+ who currently perform, train or compete at a regional and national level and who reside in Torfaen or compete for a Torfaen club. It will involve sports people (including those with disabilities) who are:-

  • Members of a national team or squad
  • World Class performer
  • Elite Cymru
  • Listed in the top 10 of national age groups ranking

Evidence or confirmation of a performer’s involvement at a national level will be required from the appropriate governing body of sport.


Each TDS member will be entitled to free training at the facilities of their choice during designated off-peak times, when they are open, providing there is no disruption to other users and no additional cost is incurred by the facilities ie floodlighting. 

TDS members will be able to use any of the facilities officially registered on the scheme. A list of these will be available from the Leisure, Youth and Cultural Services Division. 

Membership of the scheme is renewable every 12 months pending continued sports performance at a national level. 

Each TDS member will be issued with a Leisure Card which must be produced on each visit when requiring free access. This card is valid for 12 months at which time, if the facilities are still required, the applicant must re-apply. 

TDS members will be allowed one free training partner if the sport so requires and/or a personal coach, if appropriate. 

In return for the benefits, TDS members obtain from their free use of the facilities, a condition of their membership specifies that, within reason, they will make every effort to attend promotional events as requested by any of the participating facilities.

Application Process

An application form is to be completed stating relevant details and evidence of involvement in sport at a national level, including governing body endorsement. It should also state which facilities they would like to use and a likely usage pattern. 

An agreement letter accepting the scheme conditions should be returned by the sports person. From which the membership card will be sent ready for the sports person to start using the facilities (practical arrangements to be discussed between the sports person and facility management). 

You can download a copy of the Talent ID Application Form here or contact Christine Philpott, Sports Development, Civic Centre, Pontypool, NP4 6YB.

Closing dates for receipt of applications

  • 27 March 2018
  • 29 June 2018
  • 9 October 2018
  • 4 December 2018
Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

Leisure & Communities

Tel: 01633 628936

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