Olympic gold medallist Carolina Klüft is set to lead the new scheme ©Getty Images

Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Carolina Klüft is spearheading a new Swedish Olympic Committee (SOC) and Swedish Athletics Association initiative to aid junior athletes.

An athletics initiative has been launched under the Olympic Offensive umbrella and will facilitate junior athletes and coaches travelling to two camps per year.

At the camps, junior athletes will be able to rub shoulders with athletes enrolled in the SOC's flagship Top and Talent programme.

Top and Talent offers tailormade support to athletes deemed capable of reaching elite levels in their chosen sport.

The first of these training camps is set to be staged in Bar in Montenegro.

Further development meetings and support is expected to be given in Sweden, with participants able to access SOC resources including nutrition experts and performance psychologists.

"We hope to be able to support the athletes of the future to succeed on the sports field and at the same time feel good as an individual and feel safe in the team," Klüft, who is leading the programme alongside husband Patrik, a World Championship bronze medallist in the pole vault, said.

"We hope that our experiences both as active themselves and leaders in various contexts will be useful for those active in this initiative."

Carolina Klüft won the heptathlon title at Athens 2004 and is also a three-time world champion.

Under-20 long jump and triple jump world champion Maja Åskag is among the athletes enrolled in the scheme ©Getty Images
Under-20 long jump and triple jump world champion Maja Åskag is among the athletes enrolled in the scheme ©Getty Images

Athletes born between 2001 and 2004 can join the scheme if they finished in the top eight of the European Championships or World Championships during last season.

Male athletes to join the programme so far include under-20 triple jump world champion Gabriel Wallmark, long jumper Jacob Thelander, shot put and javelin thrower Olle Hübert, long-distance runners Sharmarke Ahmed and Emil Millán de la Oliva, sprinter Johan Claesson and versatile thrower Leo Zikovic.

The female participants signed up are under-20 long jump and triple jump world champion Maja Åskag, middle-distance runner Wilma Nielsen, sprinter Elvira Tanderud plus long jumper and hurdler Hanna Karlsson.

"I am extremely happy and proud that we are starting this venture with SOC," Kajsa Bergqvist, the national team leader and a Sydney 2000 bronze medallist in high jump, said.

"Taking the step from successful junior to establishing oneself as a senior is tough for many.

"This will give the active and coaches help to succeed with this, to realise their goals."