At this stage you will have been recognised as having world class potential. You will be provided with world class coaching to support your individual training plan. From psychology to physio support, you will be offered bespoke sport science provision to develop you into an all-round world class athlete.
How do I get onto the GBAP?
- There is a specific selection criterion for entry onto the GB Academy Programme (Application form and selection criterion available soon)
- Recommended by coaches at training camps via Home Nation Country programmes or the NSRA GB Talent Squads (in accordance with the selection criterion)
Who are we looking for?
- Average ages for the GBAP are typically between 17-32 (although it is not unusual to select athletes outside these ranges)
- ISSF Rifle and/or Pistol shooters who have proven performance scores at domestic/international competitions
- Athletes who have demonstrated consistently strong performances at domestic selection shoots, minor international matches, junior world cups and/or junior major championships
What behaviours and skills do we expect from athletes?
- Excellent skill application in training and competition
- Can develop strong athlete to coach relationships
- Psychologically resilient
- Demonstrates ability to be independent and has strong reflection skills
- Full commitment to all components of the WCP and Adherence to BS code of conduct and responsibilities as a BS/ WCP athlete
- Actively promotes BS/ UKS/ National lottery
What behaviours and skills will you learn in the GBAP?
- Ability to deliver exceptional techniques in any given scenario
- Takes responsibility and ownership for their own development/learning
- Understands their strengths and development areas as an athlete and can effectively build a team around them
GB Academy athlete, Katie Gleeson, reflects on her time in the Academy, "Academy life is awesome! It's such a positive and helpful environment. I always look forward to working with my coach and seeing my team mates at the next training camp. Since joining 18 months ago, the Academy has been such a vital part to my growth and improvement as both an athlete and a person.
The change in performance now in unbelievable, it is like I am a different shooter. I even admitted that standing in 3P was now my favourite position, before it was the position I disliked the most! Having the one to one coaching and support is invaluable"
Where does the GBAP take place?
- Typically training takes place in Cardiff (Wales Institute of Sport) and Edinburgh (Meadowbank Stadium). Although training can take place at various domestic locations
- The GB Academy offers oversees training and competition opportunities in various locations such as Pilsen, Hamburg, Dortmund and Suhl.
What does the GBAP programme involve?
- Group and individualised training sessions, led by the head Academy coach, built around individual athlete development plans
- Access to international coaching expertise, psychology, physical and physio support
- Attendance and coaching support at agreed domestic and international
- Regularly contact with Academy coach outside of training times
- Access to value added support via TASS, SportsAid or other institution support
How often does GBAP training take place?
GBAP athletes will receive up to 50 core days a year via camp and individual sessions. Typically training takes place at weekends. Invariably international training camps can take place during the week.
How much does GBAP training cost?
- Cost to be a GBAP core programme athlete is Ł750 per year
- This includes a support package which includes ammunition, accommodation, coaching fees and support services of the programme. The overall package including the above and access to sport science equates to a substantial support package
- Equipment, subsistence and personal travel to activity will be covered by the athlete
How long should I expect to train in the GBAP?
It entirely depends on the individual and a number of factors but it is typical that athletes could stay in the GBAP for between three - six years.