High-Performance Programme

The High-Performance Programme was launched to provide the club’s high-performing athletes with the support and guidance they require to achieve their true potential and continue their rise up the Power of 10 rankings. The hope is that one day they will be selected to represent their country at a Senior Level.

The programme applies to athletes who are first claim members of Dacorum AC and in the U15 age group (or higher) and taking part in officially recognised U15 through to Senior competitions.

Gold Level

Athletes will be invited into the Gold level programme once they have achieved one of the following criteria:

  • Selected to represent their home country.
  • Grade 1 AAA standard.
  • Medallist in a National Age Group Championship.
  • English Schools National Standard.
  • Selected to represent their county as an individual at an English Schools Championship (achieving English Schools Entry Standard or above).
  • Finish in the top 16 as an individual at an English Schools Cross Country Championships.

Once an athlete has achieved one of the above criteria, they will remain in the programme for the season in which they achieve the criteria and the following season. There will be an ongoing review of all athletes in the programme and a full review in October each year. Athletes must achieve the criteria each season to remain in the programme the following season.

Current benefits of the Gold level will include support with:

  • Sports Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Sports Psychology
  • Strength & Conditioning

Aspire Level

Athletes will be invited into the Aspire group if they have achieved a Grade 2 AAA standard. Athletes who are currently in the Gold level but have not achieved the criteria during the season but have been significantly hampered by injury will also be considered for the Aspire group for the following season.

Current benefits of the Aspire level will include support with Sports Therapy and Strength & Conditioning.

Gold-Level Athlete Bios

Philly Lowe


Philippa (Philly) Lowe, has enjoyed great success over many years including a European Silver medal in the 4x400m relay..........

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Esme O'Connell


Esme has been a high performance athlete for many years, winning gold at the T20 Long Jump World Championships in 2017

Alex Eykelbosch


Alex has a successful record of competing in the US (NCAA Southland Conference whilst completing a master’s degre) and the UK, Female club records for the 1500, mile, 3000, 5000, 10,000, Road 5k, 5 miles, and 10k

Ellie Bostock

Shot Put

Ellie is a highly accomplished shot putter with national and international Gold medals under her belt already.

Toby Cherry

High Jump

Overcoming some injury challenges Toby had a breakthrough year in 2023, adding 20cm to his outdoor PB and winning English Schools with a jump or 2.10m

Isabella Turner

Pole Vault

Isabella is a multi-talented athlete, winning national medals at pole vault and sprint hurdles as well as competing at the Heptathlon.

Godwin Mutandwa


Making rapid progress over the past 3 years Godwin now has a national Gold and international Silver medal to his name.



Lily Norwood

100m, 200m

Ethan Richards-Knight

High Jump

Tom Gaunce


Milly Gall

Sprint Hurdler

Krystal Powley

Shot Put

Noah Franklin


Nathan Hedges


Megan Saywell


Haydan London

Sprint Hurdles

Poppy Radford


Grace Milnes


Sullivan McAlinden

100m, 200m

James O'Connor


Indie Frost


Callum Egan

Sprint Hurdles

Sam Burnell

Cross Country

Finn Kenny

Multi Events

Aspire-Level Athlete Bios

Joseph Chamberlain


Samad Ibrahim


James Mendelsohn

Sprint Hurdles

Olivia Wilson

Triple Jump

Claudia Masters


Billy Day

Triple Jump

Talia Williams

Shot Put


High Performing Alumni

Many of our athletes have now moved on having achieved national and international success both during and after their time with Dacorum AC

Philly Lowe


Philippa (Philly) Lowe, has enjoyed great success over many years including a European Silver medal in the 4x400m relay..........

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Destiny Ogali


Destiny has made several international appearances and has and English Schools Gold medal to his name

Mia McIntosh

Sprint Hurdler

Mia holds the British records for sprint hurdles at under 15 and under 17 and is second on the European all time list at under 18 and has European Gold as part of her collection

Qualifying Criteria

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Support Team

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 Want to join our High-Performance Programme?

We will automatically contact club members who achieve the relevant standards.

If you believe you have achieved the standard and we haven’t contacted you then please get in contact with Peter Stansbury who is our HPP Manager

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