Scouting and
Community Outreach Programme

Community Outreach

King’s Athletics is looking to use its scouting programme in conjunction with its community outreach activities in partnership with London City AC, to enhance and give back to the London borough of Southwark as well as Greater London.

Working with the Southwark Wider Participation programme that has both primary and secondary schools involved, King’s Athletics will be able to give an insight into life at King’s College London and the exciting work going on at King’s Athletics Club.

These efforts at King’s Athletics echo a new university-wide mandate to reconnect and rejuvenate the college. In particular, we look to the King’s Vision 2029 ‘Five steps to serve a global society’ and ‘Five steps to civic success’.


To prospective Student-Athletes, Coaches and Families,

This scouting programme is here to advise track and field athletes on applications to the King’s Performance programme, and on joining the Athletics Club. Through the Scouting Programme at the club, we help and guide you through the Performance Programme application process, and offer a full overview of the Athletics Club. We help incoming track and field athletes in their performance scholarship application process by:

Setting up meetings for initial assessment and alignment of goals
Guidance on the King’s performance programme and your place in the club
Preparation workshops for Performance Programme applications
King’s has an aspirational, well-funded and well-equipped Athletics club that is gradually dominating the London University athletics scene. At the club, our goal is to harmonise the power of a demanding degree at one of the world’s top 20 universities with high level athletics. This page is here if you are interested to find out more about the programme, and perhaps to find out where you might fit in at King’s. I can personally promise you that if you are hard-working, committed and driven to succeed, there is a place for you.

King’s has four star athletes currently at the club: Dina Asher-Smith, Shona Williams, Laviai Nielsen, and Maximilian Nichols. However, only by looking to the future can we achieve sustained success. With the exclusive access King’s Athletics has to track facilities and world-class gym suites, as well as being a top academic institute, we offer a unique experience in central London.

Thank you for considering King’s College London Athletics Club. The club hopes that, regardless of your final decision, you enjoy your experience with the club and will always feel free to contact us.

This programme has been created and is led by Max Arzt-Jones, former Sprints Captain. After working with Lloyd Cowan and Conrad Williams to develop the Sprints Squad into an integral part of the club, Max recognised the importance of being pro-active in finding talent, and nurturing the club’s relationship with the local community. This programme is inspired to work at a grass roots level in London, to build a sustainable and long-lasting relationship with Southwark and Greater London, and to find the next generation of international athletes that have studied at King’s College London.

Max Arzt-Jones

Scouting & Community Outreach Manager 2016-17

Performance Athletes

Laviai Nielsen

Laviai’s contribution to the club has been phenomenal, and the club continue to match her dedication to the club through its support at all of her BUCS championships. King’s Athletics is nurturing its athletes to succeed through sportsmanship, respecting teammates and personal responsibility. Laviai has been a key part of this process through running on several occasions for the club and inspiring other club members to compete at their best.

Key Statistics

World Junior 4x400m Relay Silver

BUCS Outdoor + Indoor 400m Silver • U20 Indoor National 400m Champion

BUCS Outdoor 200m Gold

Silver at the 2017 European Indoor Championships

Qualified for the World Championships relay team

“The King’s Sport Performance Programme has been an important part of my journey so far. Their support has been vital in my success thus far and will most definitely push me on further over the next following years. I joined in September 2014, with the goal of earning an individual medal the following season. In the summer of 2015, I succeeded that expectation and won 2 gold medal at the European Junior Championships. Going into the 2016, I had the goal of making the Olympics in Rio. Unfortunately, my dream of that did not come true. However, I learnt a lot about myself and the sport during the journey. I struggled with injury in the winter, but to overcome that\and still compete at an international level was an accomplishment in itself. Now I look forward to, with the help of King’s sport, making it to the World Championships in London next year.” Laviai Nielsen

Dina Asher-Smith

Dina is not only impressive with her records, but also her dedication to King’s College London. Her focused attention and effort is unrivalled, and ability to overcome her fears and doubts to achieve her goals is inspirational.

Key Statistics

100m World Junior Athletics Championship
British 60m record of 7.08s British 100m record of 10.99s British 200m record of 22.07s
British Championship title and European Championship title over 200m
Olympic 4x100m Bronze Medalist
Olympic 200m finalist
Qualified for the World Championships

Shona Richards

Shona’s strong work ethic and drive to succeed is evident in her long line of accomplishments. This is seen through her refusal to give up
after landing badly on her collarbone in 2015, potentially ending her season. Astonishingly,
4 months after the surgery, she competed at the U23 European Championships in Estonia. Shona placed 4th, running a PB of 56.05s and just 0.02s of a third international silver.

“The King’s Sports Performance Programme has massively helped me on my journey in being an International athlete. Not only has the club allowed me to developed mentally but physically too. Unfortunately due to injuries I have been unable to compete for the team this year in either outdoor or indoor BUCs but I have heard nothing but positivity from friends on the pathway. I have improved in strength and conditioning and have gathered understanding on my injury and recovery process.
With my aim for 2016 previously being the olympic games, I was devastated not to be able to achieve this however with the help of the coaches in King’s I now look on to a positive future and understand that with athletics the journey is not as smooth as always expected! I am now on my way to being injury free and can not wait to get back to the team and enjoy my time training at Kings with their fantastic facilities. My aim for 2017 is firstly to be injury free, but to make the Worlds Senior Team at London.” Shona Richards

Max Nicholls

Max is a passionate, thoughtful athlete. His progress over the last few years has slowly ramped up, going from European Mountain Running Championship Bronze in 2015, to Junior World Running Mountain Championship 6th place, to UK Inter-Counties Fell Running Championships 4th place in 2016 and now qualified for the GB team to race in the World Mountain Championships.

“The King’s Sport Performance Programme has been a huge support to my training over the past two years and helped me achieve some of my greatest successes. I exceeded my goals for this season in both cross country and mountain running. I was selected for the World University Cross Country, having not really considered being able to make the team beforehand. And have recently managed to qualify for the GB team to race in the World Mountain Running Champs, in my rst year as a senior.
King’s Sport has provided strength and conditioning to complement the rest of my training, as well as access to a top physio to keep me injury free. I am excited about the coming year, as I will have my first taste of cross country at senior level, and look forward to building up my running and strength training with the continued support of King’s Sport.” Max Nicholls

Robert Sutherland

Rob has become a successful athlete through his development at King’s over the last two years. Coming from our own ranks, he is one of our most improved athletes, and is a shining example of the opportunity and depth at King’s Athletics.

“This season my goals were to jump 15m and to be in competition for medals in the various national champs. Although I could only manage 14.99 I did come away with a couple of bronze medals: one at BUCs outdoors and one at southerns. BUCs outdoors was my rst national level medal and it was great to achieve this goal as well as my rst near 15m jump, 14.99 at the indoor champs, in a King’s vest. The club at king’s is very friendly and sociable and has a real sense of team spirit and it was great to be able to slot right into it despite having hardly met anyone and not training with the club.
The club is a really good opportunity to meet lots of athletes of all different levels. I am looking forward to competing for the club at BUCS again next year and hopefully competing for the medals once again. I want to try and jump as close to 16m as possible.”
Rob Sutherland