After publishing the latest World Class Programme Selection Policy earlier today, we are now able to open the expression of interest form entries for the British Shooting Academy Programme (BSAP) 2018/19.
The BSAP is aimed at investing in athletes who have a proven track record of delivering high level performances and demonstrate the potential to be a world leading athlete at Tokyo and beyond.
Year on year the BSAP invests heavily in ISSF Olympic athletes in Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun to support them with their individual plans. Running into its fourth year, BSAP is funded by UK Sport and the National Lottery to provide athletes with a development package to support their individual and collective needs.
In addition to world class coaching and sport science and medicine support, athletes receive a significant financial package which supports UK and International training camps and International competitions. Whilst there is a core BSAP plan to nurture high quality training camps, athletes are encouraged to lead their programme and create a plan which fits their needs in collaboration with the coaching and management staff.
Discussing the impact of the BSAP, Academy Manager, Dean Leak, said: “Since its inception the Academy programme has allowed us to invest heavily in athletes who the system believes can deliver podium performances in 2024 and beyond.
"In some cases, we are seeing some BSAP athletes on a faster curve and showing potential to win quota places for GBR and potentially win medals in Tokyo.
"Encouragingly, the BSAP is still young yet the results demonstrated this year again show that this programme, which underpins podium and podium potential, is key in providing athletes with the skills and behaviours to develop into world leading athletes.
"This year we have seen former Academy athletes Aaron Heading win a Trap World Cup Gold and Rifle athlete Seonaid McIntosh become a World Champion and secure GBR a quota place. Kirsty Barr has had a phenomenal year with standout performances winning a European Silver Medal in Women’s Trap and World Championship Mixed Trap Pairs Bronze."
Any athlete wishing to be considered for selection onto the British Shooting Academy Programme (BSAP) must submit an expression of interest form to British Shooting. Only athletes who have submitted an expression of interest form within the designated timeframe will be considered for selection for the BSAP.
For the 2018/19 programme, the expression of interest window will open on 14th September 2018 and close on 28th September 2018. Prospective and existing BSAP athletes must submit an expression of interest. Please click here to view the British Shooting WCP Selection Policy.
Dean added: “British Shooting have a robust fair and transparent selection process to ensure we select the best athletes for the programme.
"The growth of the pathway and tremendous efforts by coaches, parents, volunteers and athletes has seen the standard required to progress onto the BSAP very competitive. Whilst this is exciting, we recognise that there will be athletes disappointed to miss out this time.
"The pathway programmes are key and remain a fantastic platform to support athlete development and a commitment will be made to ensuring BSAP and pathway programmes integrated regularly in 2018/19."