A talented swimmer has been accepted onto the AASE Scheme (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence). The AASE is delivered by Loughborough University and is offered to swimmers who rank in the Top 10 of their age group in the country
Harley Beentjes, who is 16 and from Winstanley, has been a keen swimmer since joining Wigan WASPS Swimming Club as a six year old. Having regularly competed at County and Regional levels, travelling all over the country, he gained valuable experience and podium successes along the way and now represents Wigan Borough Elite Swim Team (Wigan BEST) and also Wigan WASPS SC.
In 2014 he was ranked highly enough on the ASA database to be invited to compete at the ASA English National Championships held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. From this he was selected for the England Talent Programme which is run by the ASA at Loughborough University.
Harley will study for the AASE scheme alongside his A-levels at Winstanley College. and will be representing College at the ESSA (English Schools Swimming Association) Finals. He hopes the apprenticeship will give him the additional skills and knowledge of a fully-committed athlete,
Harley said: ‘If I successfully complete my apprenticeship it will help with me gaining a full-time place at Loughborough University where I can further concentrate on the sport I love as well as achieving academic success. I currently train 6 days a week, morning and evening sessions at various venues around the region. I am fully committed to the sport I love and have real aspirations of achieving GB selection in the future and appreciate the continued support of Winstanley College in achieving my dreams.”