Talent Network Hub Initiative Launches
Published Friday 12 February 2016 20:14 by Craig Davies
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British Shooting recently facilitated a national forum which united the rifle and pistol community to explore the prospect of developing a collective approach to talent development. 

Representatives from a diverse set of backgrounds included home nation partners, club coaches, partner associations and the Talent Network Hub official partner, ELEY. 

The purpose of the forum was to listen to the challenges and aspirations of the community in relation to creating high quality learning environments to develop world class shooters in ISSF disciplines. 

There was a consensus amongst those community members represented for a bold and aspirational purpose to develop “A network of connected learning environments and people that enable the next generation of aspiring shooters to be the best they can be”

Dean Leak, Talent Pathway Manager, was inspired by the level of engagement. He said: "We were delighted to be a partner in a diverse community of practice which allowed us to explore the complexities we face in the rifle and pistol talent system.

"By exploring the various elements in the system which included coach development, learning environments, provision access, communication and progression for aspiring shooters and more, it enabled us all to co-create a direction of travel for the Talent Network Hub."

British Shooting aims to develop world-class shooters in the Olympic disciplines and to widely promote the sport of target shooting. Following the forum, British Shooting has defined a set of guiding principles which it hopes will meet the demands of those joint aspirations, by inviting members of the target shooting community to work together in establishing Hubs that will deliver activity as part of the Talent Network. 

Liz Davidson, Development Manager, added: "The Talent Network can help to inspire, support and develop young shooters participating in the sport in a range of environments such as cadets and scouts, as well as raising awareness and connecting those delivering activity to young people to clubs and other localised opportunities”. 

British Shooting Talent Network Hubs will be centred on a philosophy which has learning to develop people to be their best as its central purpose; through a forward thinking and innovative approach to creating effective learning environments, a focus on ISSF disciplines and a collective responsibility to make effective use of all available resources within the hubs.

Click here to view the British Shooting Talent Network Hub principles.

Due to the aspirational nature of the principles set out, it is possible that there will only be a small number of organisations or groups that are ready to become active Hubs of the Talent Network in the short term. However, British Shooting is committed to supporting the development of a strong community of practice and programme activity will therefore be directed in two ways during 2016, through: 

Supporting and developing those organisations that are ready and willing to engage with the Talent Network as Hubs.
Assisting those not yet able to fully align to the Talent Network principles to become a Talent Network Hub.

We invite initial expressions of interest from groups or organisations that wish to apply to become a British Shooting Talent Network Hub. This invitation is open to anyone within the rifle and pistol community. In order to mobilise support to those ready and willing to engage with this opportunity as quickly as possible we would be grateful to receive initial submissions by Friday 11 March. However, we remain open to engaging in dialogue with community members who wish to be part of the Talent Network but do not yet feel able to commit to the principles in full.

Dean Leak, continued: "We recognise that change takes time and change can sometimes be daunting. That said, after some dialogue with some attendees since the forum it is clear the community has a huge amount of passion, excitement and willingness to make things happen. 

"Whilst we will see the true effects in the long term through the creation of a sustainable talent system; through a connected, cohesive, purpose driven network we will see change happen quickly. The sport environment is constantly changing and it will be important we constantly adapt to the needs of the sport."

In your expression of interest you need only identify the people, organisations and resources that would be represented within your Hub and a point of contact for British Shooting to liaise with. We will then engage in dialogue about the readiness of your Hub to become a network partner and if appropriate, arrange an engagement visit to progress your application.

For anyone wishing to find out more details please contact Dean Leak by clicking here.
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