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 support, catered to your own needs, to develop you into an all-round world class athlete capable of beating the world’s best athletes.
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)
- You could also be recommended by GBTP coaches to progress and/or spotted at domestic or international selection events
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 clay target shooters (Olympic Skeet, Double Trap and Olympic Trap) who have demonstrated consistently strong performances at domestic selection shoots, minor international matches, junior world cups and/or junior major championships
- Non-Olympic clay target athletes who have exceptionally high potential in their discipline (find out which disciplines we could consider)
Matt French, GB Academy Double Trap athlete, on integrated international training: “The talent pathway and GB Academy training camp in Malaga has been a great success. It’s good to see the two programmes working hand in hand.
"It gives the younger members of the group the chance to work alongside senior squad members and hopefully give them a better insight into what it takes to win, learning not only how to train better but also how to conduct themselves in a focussed training environment. With dedicated coaches and support staff available to everyone it’s a fantastic environment to learn in."
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
- Contributes positively to the BS team and 'Beyond' values
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
Where does the GBAP take place?
- The principle grounds for the GBAP are Doveridge and Nuthampstead
- International training and competition will take place in Spain and Italy
What does the GBAP programme look like?
- Group and individualised training sessions built around individual athlete development plans
- Access to international coaching expertise, psychology, physical, nutritional, lifestyle and physio support
- Training integration with podium and podium potential athletes
- Attendance to specified international events and access to British Shooting coaches to events
- Regularly coach-athlete training/competition debriefs
How often does GBAP training take place?
- GBAP athletes will receive up to 50 core days a year. 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 an GBAP core programme athlete is £1500 per year
- This includes support towards clays, ammunition, accommodation, coaching fees and services of the programme. The overall package including the above and access to sport science equates to £6,000 per athlete
- Equipment, subsistence and 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 3-6 years.