The Buddy Scheme


What: In Summer 2021, we created a brand new initiative linking the UK's top up and coming athletes with elite athlete role models as mentors. The Buddy Scheme is currently paused!

Why: To increase the motivation and guidance for young athletes, leading to higher performance and FAR LOWER drop-out rates.

How: Using elite senior athletes' experiences and understanding to benefit the next generation.

Who: High-level youth/junior athletes.


  • theathleteplace.

    I absolutely loved the buddy scheme because I was able to build an athlete-to-athlete relationship with a pro who has been in the sport experiencing juniors and senior championships. I was able to go to my buddy confidently in case I needed any advice - even non sport related. So thankful for the athlete place for setting this up!

    GB U20 200m Athlete (Buddy: Beth Dobbin)

England Athletics Championships and World U20 Trials 2022, Bedford

Meet Our Buddies

theathleteplace are incredibly proud to be working with a number of elite athletes in supporting the next generation with The Buddy Scheme.

Below showcases those we have on board: 



Zac Shaw

Team GB 100m Sprinter and T-12 National 60m & 100m Record Holder

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)

Reuben Arthur

Commonwealth Games
4x100m Gold Medalist

(📸 Getty images)

Beth Dobbin

Olympic 200m sprinter and Scottish 200m National Record Holder

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)

Martyn Rooney

3 x Olympian and multiple
international medalist.

(📸 Andrew Fox)

Thomas Young

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic 100m Champion and T-38 National Record Holder

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)

Sabrina Bakare

Former World Youth 400m champion

(📸 Athletics Weekly)

Yasmin Liverpool

Team GB 400m Athlete

(📸 Sakura Sports Media

Reece Prescod

Sub 10 Team GB 100m Sprinter &
International medalist

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)

Rechmial Miller

Former GB Junior sprinter
and creative

Dan Putnam

Multiple international athlete
(100m, 200m, 400m)

(📸 Lissgphotography)

Cameron Chalmers

Multiple Team GB 400m sprinter and Guernsey National 400m record holder

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)

Joe Brier

Multiple Team GB and Wales
400m sprinter

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)

Alex Haydock Wilson

Team GB 400m sprinter and World
Championship Semi Finalist

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)



Alicia Barrett

Team GB 100m Hurdler and GB U20 National 100m Hurdles Record Holder.

(📸 Cameron Fillery)

Cameron Fillery

Team GB 110m Hurdler

(📸  Jodi Hanagan)

David King

Multiple Team GB 110m Hurdlers and World Indoor 60m Hurdles Finalist

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)

Jessie Knight

Team GB 400m Hurdles & 4x400m sprinter and multiple British Champion

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)

Meghan Beesley

Former Team GB 400m Hurdles & 4x400m sprinter 

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)

Jessie Tappin

Former International Heptathlete turned International 400m Hurdler

(📸 Peter Milsom)

Niall Flannery

Former Team GB 400m
Hurdles Athlete

(📸 Getty Images)

Chris McAlister

Team GB 400m Hurdler and World Championship Semi Finalist

(📸 British Athletics)

Josh Zeller

Former European U20 Champion, World Outdoor Finalist and Commonwealth Games Finalist

(📸Mata Hitij))



Daniel Rowden

Team GB 800m Athlete

(📸 Pete Simmons)

Jamie Webb

Team GB 800m Athlete and Top 10
All Time Indoor 800m

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)

Issy Boffey

Team GB 800m Athlete and Multiple European Age Group 800m Champion 

(📸 James Rhodes)

Phil Norman

Team GB 3000m SC Athlete and
Former British Champion

(📸 Getty Images)

Jess Judd

Team GB Endurance Runner
(800m to 10,000m!)

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)

Bobby Clay

Former European Junior Champion and Great Britain 1500m athlete

(📸 Mark Shearman)

Tom Bosworth

Leading Team GB Race Walker
& LGBTQ+ Advocate

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)



Reynold Banigo

Team GB and 8.00m+
Long Jumper

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)

Alex Farquharson

Team GB and 8.00m+
Long Jumper

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)

Jazmin Sawyers

2x Olympic Long Jumper and Commonwealth
Games Silver medalist

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)

Morgan Lake

2x Olympian and 2nd All Time
GB High Jumper

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)

Ben Williams

Team GB Triple Jumper and
Current Ranked #1

(📸 British Athletics)

Emily Borthwick

Team GB Tokyo Olympic
High Jumper

(📸 British Athletics)

Tom Gale

Tokyo 2020 Olympic
High Jump Finalist

(📸  Tom Gale's Instagram)

Chris Baker

Former Team GB High Jumper &
4th Ranked British All time

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)

Molly Caudery

Team GB Pole Vaulter & Commonwealth Games 2022 Silver medalist.

(📸 Jodi Hanagan)



Greg Thompson

Team GB Discus Thrower

(📸 Diamond League Athletics)

Taylor Campbell

Team GB Athlete & Olympic
Hammer Thrower

(📸 British Athletics)

Goldie Sayers

Former Team GB Athlete and British
Javelin Record Holder

(📸 Mark Shearman)



Niamh Emerson

Multiple International Heptathlon Medalist and Former World Junior Champion

(📸 British Athletics)

Ashley Bryant

Former Team GB Decathlete &
8000+ Points PB

(📸 British Athletics)

Holly Mills

Team GB Multi Heptathlete &
World Indoor 4th Place

(📸 Cameron Fillery)

Harry Kendall

Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 Decathlete 

(📸 England Athletics)