The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) is a government-funded programme that is designed to help talented athletes aged 16 to 18 to achieve their full potential. The initiative was launched in 2004 by SkillsActive and has been adopted by a range of sports, including football, rugby, cricket, swimming, athletics and golf.
The AASE in Motor Sport was launched in 2009 as part of the MSA Academy - a development pathway for the most promising drivers in UK motor sport. The MSA Academy peaks with the Team UK national squad.
The two-year AASE in Motor Sport programme is delivered by Loughborough College. It is essentially a sports science course for motor sport, and focuses on all of the human performance elements that combine to create successful drivers.
Each year one member of the AASE programme is named the RSF MSA Young Driver of the Year. The winner receives a trophy and a cheque for £1,000 at the MSA's prestigious Night of Champions ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club.