Athlete support

Our support is at the heart of what we do. With a dedicated team of expert staff to provide confidential and independent advice and guidance, we help elite athletes throughout their careers, during good times and bad.
If you’re an athlete in an Olympic or Paralympic sport requiring support, please use the pop-up chat function on our website, email, or send us a message on Facebook (British Elite Athletes Association) or Instagram (@britishathletes).

Our team is available from Monday to Friday between 09:00-17:00 UK time, although we do our best to respond to urgent requests as soon as possible outside of these hours.
The BEAA is with you.
Reach out to us using any of the channels here.
Alternatively, get in touch via our live chat.
How we support athletes
We work with athletes on a range of issues, but here's the important thing: we will always support our members when they come to us. So don’t worry about whether we’re the right people to turn to. Because, if we’re not, we’ll help you find the right support regardless.

The below shows some of the common areas we provide guidance on, but it isn’t an exhaustive list. If you need a hand on something that isn’t shown, that’s not a problem – please speak to our team.
Other support
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How we support sports


We regularly deliver in-person or remote inductions to introduce ourselves to athletes new to the World Class Programme.

These help to establish relationships between Athlete Support Managers and their sports, and ensure athletes know how and when to turn to us.


Our highly-trained team can review sports’ policies to ensure an athlete-friendly perspective is kept at their centre. Because of the experience our staff have, we help to highlight potential gaps or areas of improvement in policies and can confidently say whether or not they have been properly followed when athletes request help with an appeal.

This, and our independent observation of selection decisions, helps athletes to feel confident that they’ve been treated fairly, and sports to operate with robust policies in place.


Our staff often sit as independent observers in selection decisions, giving governing bodies confidence that their policies have been properly followed and helping with transparency in sport.


We currently deliver two workshops to sports and their athletes: one on selection and appeals and one on the high-performance system. These are bespoke presentations tailored to each sport to ensure athletes understand crucial topics.

Run by our expert team, we break down complicated policies and concepts to help education across the system.

Your questions answered

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