The launch of the GB Academy Programme (GBAP) in early 2014 was developed with the aim to recruit and develop the next generation of target shooters (shotgun, rifle and pistol) to ensure continued success at future Olympic Games and World events.
The primary aim of the GBAP is to produce a consistent supply of target shooters who clearly demonstrate that they are ‘on-track’ to becoming world class athletes, capable of achieving world leading results at the Olympic Games (Tokyo, 2020 in the first instance).
Realising this aim requires a new approach at GB level and therefore British Shooting is making a far greater commitment to support the development of the athletes selected and their progression to the World Class Programme. The GBAP will work in partnership with the Home Nations to support athletes through a semi-centralised programme in their transition to the World Class Programme.
On an annual basis, GBAP athletes will be provided with up to potentially 90 days worth of training and competition development. The aim is to provide a highly challenging but equally supportive talent development environment that inspires athletes and gives them the best opportunity to succeed on a world class level. Experienced, specialist and world class coaching and sport science and sports medicine personnel will support athletes within the GBAP.
The selection criteria for the GBAP is:
• Age range for male and female athletes is 17-28
• Athlete potential to be a world class performer aligned to GBAP athlete profiles
• Athlete trend analysis against world class performance benchmarks (see minimum consideration scores)
Should an athlete not be selected during the 1st GBAP intake, another selection process will take place for the 2nd GBAP intake in October 2014 and more details will become available in due course.
British Shooting would like to thank all of it’s partners in particular UKSport, Sport Wales, Sport Scotland, Sport Northern Ireland, Sport England, Welsh Target Shooting Federation, Scottish Target Shooting Federation, England Target Shooting Federation, Northern Ireland Federation of Shooting Sports, Clay Pigeon Shooting Association and the National Small-bore Rifle Association, in helping to inform the strategy and bring the GBAP to life.
This is the first of a number of new initiatives that British Shooting will be looking to put in place as it begins to recruit and develop the Olympic and world medalists of the future.
British Shooting Talent Pathways Manager, Dean Leak, said: "The aim of the GBAP is to deliver a world leading talent development programme that inspires and supports the next generation of athletes who are aspiring to becoming an Olympic medalist. To achieve this we have been working in partnership with UKSport, the respective home nation governing bodies and home nation sport councils over the last six months to align our respective programmes and build what will be a world leading talent development programme supporting the World Class Programme. We are extremely grateful to all of our partners in helping us to bring the GB Academy Programme to life."
GBAP minimum consideration scores
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