By Alex Milton What is the role of BOA? BOA selects and manages Britain's Olympic teams before and during the games. It does this for both the summer and winter games. It has the responsibility for developing Olympic movement and spreading the Olympic message throughout the UK. Funding for the BOA The BOA does not rely on government funding and has no political interest. It receives all its funding through commercial sponsorship and fundraising. The BOA provides a wide range of support services to selected athletes These are: The Olympic training centre The Olympic passport scheme The Olympic medical institute Planning for success workshops The Olympic and Paralympic employment network Performance and lifestyle The athlete medical scheme The Olympic training centre Provides world class training facilities for use of British high performance athletes and coaches. Facilities are in Austria and Cyprus They cover a wide range of sports. Olympic passport scheme Allows athletes access to national and local sports centres at reduced cost or free of charge. The Olympic medical institute Based in London. In partnership with EIS, provides medical and rehabilitation facilities to athletes on the world class programme or those on the Olympic passport scheme. Planning for success workshop Provide athletes with advice from experienced Olympians. Helps with goal setting and time management through Olympic cycle. The Olympic and Paralympic network (OPEN) Helps elite athletes establish a career or employment opportunities outside of sport during training and performing. Performance lifestyle Programme designed to help athletes balance other aspects of their life with their sport. The athlete medical scheme Provides comprehensive medical cover to over 1500 potential Olympians. Ensures athletes have access to the best sports specific medical advice.