You'll usually start by joining a club or amateur organisation where you can train and get coaching. A lot of sports professionals are spotted early on by talent scouts at this stage.
You can get details of local clubs and advice on the best way to get ahead in your sport from your sport's
national governing body.
If you have talent and the potential to do well in your chosen sport, you could get help from:
- sponsorship schemes run by universities that offer support to students to train and compete while studying
- the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme, which supports young people in education to perform at their best, while keeping up their studies