Commonwealth champion launches ACE Programme

This morning we were delighted to welcome Beth Tweddle MBE, Britain’s greatest ever-female gymnast to launch our Athlete Career Enhancement Programme.(ACE)

As part of Search's role as Official Recruitment Consultancy to Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, we have developed a pioneering programme aimed at helping professional athletes make the transition from top flight sport to successful long-term careers, bridging the often difficult gap between sporting and mainstream careers.

ACE will support 14 athletes from across the home nations competing in Glasgow 2014 and will match them to work placement opportunities with sponsors and businesses across the UK.

It will offer athletes who typically ‘retire’ at a young age placements with leading UK companies, businesses careers advice, workshops, and training - allowing them to benefit from the transferable skills between sport and business.

Athletes from across all sports and backgrounds aspiring to compete for their country at Glasgow 2014 are eligible for selection to the programme.

Open to up-and-coming or established competitors, including para-sport athletes, aged 18 years and over, the scheme will assist sportsmen and women who are keen to broaden their horizons, develop work and life skills, and explore future career ambitions in parallel with their training and competition schedule.

The ACE Programme is backed by gymnast Beth Tweddle MBE, whose achievements include being an Olympic Bronze Medallist, a triple World Champion, a six-time European Champion, a Commonwealth Champion and seven-time consecutive National Champion.

In addition to her sporting success Tweddle has always kept one eye on her future – setting up her own coaching company, Total Gymnastics, with fellow Olympian Steve Parry and graduating in 2007 fromLiverpool JohnMoores Universitywith a 2:1 in Sports Science.

Beth Tweddle MBE said:“I’m right behind this programme as it addresses a major issue facing athletes, whether they are already competing at the highest level or striving to get there. It’s easy for aspiring athletes to put all their eggs in one basket and focus on sport, but anything can happen and a serious injury can suddenly end a very promising career.


“That’s why I think it’s so important that young athletes keep their options open and continue to prepare for a career they can fall back on after they retire from competing. It’s something I’ve always been very conscious of due to gymnasts typically having very short sporting careers, so the fact that a major company like Search Consultancy is investing in helping sporting talent make the transition to the workplace easier is great news.”

Athletes wishing to secure one of the 14 places up for grabs will be nominated by their national associations, with selections taking place later this year. We'll keep you posted on their progress!

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