At each level we would promote the holistic education of the individual that includes modules based around four core syllabuses:
Training camps are held in school holidays, where up to forty junior cyclists have the opportunity to attend and potentially be chosen for the more advanced development camps. Our aim is to run the three to five day training camps four times per year in different locations to generate momentum throughout the schools and clubs, predominately for the 13- 18 years age groups. Parents make a contribution towards the costs of these camps.
Development camps provide invited athletes access to pathways for training with more experienced cyclists and test their own abilities in demanding training schedules. During these camps, our juniors undertake structured work in leadership, independent living, team work and athleticism. The program provides a safe and supportive environment; whilst allowing the individual to see what they might be capable to achieve personally and athletically. Up to six development camps are conducted each year for varying age groups with around thirty athletes. Parents are again required to make a contribution towards costs. Based on an individual's performance in camps and races, an athlete may be selected to race for the Nexgen representative teams in higher level competitions.
High performance camps are offered to athletes dedicated in their pursuit of results at state or national events. High performance camps are limited to around twenty participants and these individuals are also normally awarded a scholarship. The performance camps is dedicated preparation for a specific race or tour.
Athletes who show potential at the national championships may then be offered the opportunity to race with a team at the elite National Road Series, against Australia's best cyclists in events including the national championships and some international (UCI) races.
Scholarships will be awarded to athletes who have demonstrated a proven ability and who need further assistance. Scholarships may be offered at any of the stages outlined above or at any age. Our aim is for Nexgen scholarships to become a highly sought after recognition for junior cyclists.
A scholarship is a personal support arrangement with the Foundation and will reflect the individual's needs such as: accommodation, travel, bike related expenses, coaching, professional advice, accountancy, job search, school counseling and financial advice.
The number of athletes we can support in activities varies depending on the age, tours and level of scholarship costs. In the recent four years the program has cost considerable funds to operate. The business plan for 2011/12 includes limited support for up to two hundred athletes, and over thirty full scholarships. We are budgeting for expenses around 150,000 per annum over the next three to four years. The fund raised for Nexgen are only used for program delivery and audited each ear with a report to contributors.
Athletes enjoying support through Nexgen are required to maintain links to the contributors in the program usually though regular reports, rides and event participation as appropriate.
To make a donation through the ASF download the donation form and send to Nexgen QSM Junior Athlete Foundation: PO Box 8328, Woolloongabba, QLD, 4102