What is FTEM?

Sports development begins early in life with the acquisition of movement skills through to lifelong engagement into senior levels. The sporting journey across the lifespan includes various development stages from early participation, to the pre-elite, and for a lucky few, high performance opportunities. Each stage is unique and is an important steppingstone for those athletes hoping to success in High Performance Sport.

The AIS originally developed the FTEM framework to directly support these key outcomes of sport participation being Active Lifestyle, Sports Participation, and Sporting Excellence. The FTEM model us a fully integrated, evidence-based framework representing the Foundation, Talent Elite, and Mastery of the ‘whole of sport’ pathway continuum. It categorises key features of each stage of an athlete’s journey and provides a practical method to assist sport and athlete stakeholders to maximise and mange athlete development.

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Understanding the FTEM Stages

The FTEM framework consists of macro stages of the skill and performance development of sporting participants which are further differentiated into 10 micro stages. As outlined in the diagram below.

FTEM Diagram

The NACT Athlete Pathway is an inclusive and progressive athletic development framework which allows NACT to:

  1. Provide visibility and clarity of pathway opportunities to ALL Stakeholders including athletes and their parents,
  2. Be a means to recognise and acknowledge key partnerships, programs and support,
  3. Provide a practical method to assist our sporting stakeholders to construct a more functional and aligned athlete and sport development system, which in turn directly aligns with the NACT strategic plan,
  4. Develop evidence-based programs and strategies, including talent identification, confirmation, development and transition.
  5. Provide a platform to easily identify and support potential talent to achieve sustained high-performance success