During 2015 Alex was identified by the UK Governing Body of Motor Sport, The Motor Sports Association (MSA) as being a potentially elite competitor and was therefore selected for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE). AASE develops the broad range of competences required in elite sport. It has been designed to present opportunities for young sports people who have demonstrated the potential to go on to Elite level, to develop a mix of transferable skills and qualifications that will aid their development as competitors.
The AASE framework has been designed to meet the diverse needs of potentially elite athletes who have the realistic potential to achieve excellence in their sport and are seeking to perform at the highest level as their main career goal, whilst continuing with related academic studies. The AASE model is designed to test athletes’ ability to apply themselves to professional development in the technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of their chosen sport. AASE is in two parts: half vocational (NVQ) and half technical certificate (BTEC) or alongside the technical certificate students can continue with their regular ‘A’ levels.