Academic Athletes: working for TASS

Guy Taylor is the National Scheme Director for the Talented Athlete Sponsorship Scheme (TASS), a government-funded programme which helps Athletes balance training and competition with academic life.  He spoke to icould about his career.

Tell us about the job you’re doing now.  What does it involve?

Directing a national programme which allows talented Athletes to develop both their academic skills as well as their sporting talents. This is done in partnership with schools, colleges and universities and sports governing bodies.

What is the most exciting aspect of your work?

Seeing the end result – Athletes performing  at the Olympics having also achieved their educational goals.

What school subjects were you good at and have any been surprisingly helpful later on?

History, Geography, Business – completely useful in later life.

How did you decide what you wanted to do after school?

I did not make a 5-10 year plan for after school – I knew I wanted to go to university but  long term plans were not a deciding factor in choosing what to study. I picked a course and university base on what looked interesting. So I did logistics.

Did you take a gap year? Did it influence any decisions later in life?

No, but decided to study in US for a year and that definitely influenced my subsequent outlook.

If you went to university what was your university experience like?

Great, far better than school, perhaps the best time yet.

What has been the proudest moment of your life so far?

My children.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?

Not sure, no plans, what will be will be.

What advice would you give someone still at school who wants to do what you’re doing now?

Learn to see and understand the bigger picture, never get too focused/narrow in your views or you will miss the majority.

Can you give us a link for more information?

www.tass.gov.uk