About theathleteplace.

About theathleteplace.

My name is Joe Fuggle, former GB Junior 400m hurdler and the founder of theathleteplace™️, a platform supporting athletics athletes and their parents. 

I was an athlete with a successful junior and youth career and a few GB and England vests to my name – on paper, it looks fantastic! What you don’t get to see are the ups and downs, the issues I faced that impacted not only my training and competitions but also my life.


Joe Fuggle, Founder of theathleteplace.

Every athlete's journey is a rollercoaster of highs and lows.

During the lows, athletes can feel there is nowhere to go and no one to talk to. The feeling that 'no one understands' can lead to athletes suffering in silence.

Injuries, the pressure of expectation, performance anxiety, and life balance, are all issues that can impact an athlete's performance, issues that are also difficult for someone outside of sport to fully understand.

Sport should be fun but other pressures are inevitable, e.g. injury, lack of motivation, financial worries, balancing sport and work... Sharing these experiences with others is a powerful way of helping our fellow athletes and creating a supportive community within the sport.

That's where we come in.

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by athletes, for athletes.


What We Do:

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TAP Masterclasses

Giving unsupported athletes the chance to learn and interact with their role models.

TAP's Masterclasses are the perfect opportunity to improve your performance. Each masterclass plays host to a new athlete, topic and learning opportunity. 

We use our extensive list of TEAM GB athletes to provide the information and guidance unsupported athletes need to succeed, whilst making elite athletes more accessible to up and coming athletes.

Don't miss out.

Peer-to-Peer Guidance

Using athletes' experiences to guide others.

Content created with the sole purpose of optimising the athletics experience. This can be done by sharing experiences you, or other athletes, have faced.

Perhaps you can give or seek some guidance on any athlete-related topics?


Content Creation

We create innovative, entertaining and helpful content via storytelling and behind the scenes capturing.


  • Podcasts
  • Athlete Chat Shows
  • Informative Content
  • Athlete Features and BTS Training
  • And much more...

Practical Support

Practical support to make your life easier.

We understand being an athlete can be challenging. We are doing our bit to change that.

As well as signposting to professionals, our Athlete-Handbook makes your life easier when it comes to making athletics-related decisions.

Such as:

  • What kit to buy
  • Which universities to apply for
  • Where to find mental health support
  • And so much more...