Ashton Elite is our programme dedicated to supporting the next generation of Elite Athletes in college!

At Ashton Sixth Form College, our ultimate goal is for our students to be the very best they can be with support from us, whether that’s academically or in extra-curricular interests.


Ashton Elite is our programme dedicated to supporting current and future outstanding athletes who are competitively playing sport at a higher level.


Ashton Elite offers wrap around support for students who need to maintain a certain level of physical training, competition entry and psychological support in order to compete at an elite level whilst maintaining a high level of academic achievement, without having to compromise anywhere.


From timetable considerations to financial support, students can reach their full potential, academically and in sport.


What it takes to be Elite 


Ashton Elite is for the best of the best when it comes to the sporting world. Therefore applicants must adhere to a strict criteria in order to be successful.


  • Students must participate in a sport recognised by Sport England or English Institute of Sport.
  • Applicants must have been selected within the last 18 months to compete at the level which they state in their application - Regional, National or International.
  • Applicants must be on a full time A-Level, Mixed Prog, T Level or Vocational course at Ashton Sixth Form College for the year they are applying.
  • Students must re-apply for the programme each academic year they wish to enter and must meet the relevant criteria each time where it will then be reviewed by our Ashton Elite Committee following a successful interview with our Sports Co-Ordinator.
  • We also understand students’ needs and requests may change throughout the year, therefore support can be tailored at any time after the start of year application process.

Benefits of being a part of Ashton Elite



Our Elite Students

Maisy Stevens

Maisy Stevens

“Last year I was put forward by the college to attend England netball colleges trial, of which I was successful and was selected for the 1st team! The cost of this was £500 for taking part, plus travel costs (which included a flight to Northern Ireland). The £200 that college put forward was used to help pay for some of the costs, with my parents paying the rest. During this experience, I gained a lot more knowledge and played against national teams such as Scotland and Northern Ireland, England universities team and the North East Pathway team. All of which were older age groups! To add to this amazing experience, I gained the coaches player award for the first team for that year, of which I was super proud of!”

Daisy Boardman

Daisy Boardman

“In October 2022, I was chosen to compete in the U17 NEVZA Championships in Denmark and I was also selected to play up for the Under 19 category which was held in Finland. The College’s financial support went towards the cost of the trip which included accommodation flights and entry price. During this time, I was competing I played against the top teams from Denmark, Sweden, Faroe Islands, Norway Iceland and more. Overall, it was a great experience for the whole team. We narrowly missed out on silverware, but it was a crucial part of my volleyball journey”

Lewis Brown

Lewis Brown

"Last year I was selected to run for Greater Manchester in the English Schools Cross country, the cost at which would be £100 including travel and kit. When I told my sport teacher Graham, he said that the college would be able to fund it for me. My teachers were really supportive of me, and the money was extremely helpful, as it meant I was able to spend the money I was going to use on it on some new spikes for the event. Being able to take part in this helped me gain experience in running at a high level and I think it has given me more confidence in races which are at a high standard, so I am really grateful for the support that the College showed me"


If you're joining us in September 2023 and have what it takes to be Elite, fill out the application form now! 



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