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Performance
The Performance department of British Shooting is responsible for World Class Performance, which focuses on the development of athletes with the potential to win 
medals at the Olympic Games. 

Through funding from UK Sport and the National Lottery, we operate a World Class 
Programme (WCP) and GB Academy Programme (GBAP), which enables us to provide and 
co-ordinate services to support identified athletes ongoing development to achieve Olympic 
success.

World Class Programme

How does the WCP develop shooters?
The WCP provides a highly individualised training and competition programme that equips shooters to perform consistently at a world-class level. 

What are we developing?
• Technical, tactical, physical, psychological and social learning outcomes based upon profiles of the world’s best shooters and tailored to each individual
• There is a focus on the developing the ability to perform consistently at a world class level

How is it done?
• Shooters commit to a full-time programme of training and competition that is periodised to meet individual needs
• 1:1 coaching and WCP training camps led by British Shooting coaching staff are provided (UK and internationally based)
• Support is provided to establish an integrated Athlete Development Plan with a ‘Plan-Do-Review’ approach
• There is careful monitoring and management of workloads
• Fully integrated Sport Science and Sports Medicine development and support is provided
• A comprehensive International competition programme is established

Selection Process
The following criteria is used by the Performance Group (PG) when making athlete selection, using objective evidence wherever possible, but recognising the importance of the expert views of the PG.

• Performance in Major Matches in the previous 12 months, with particular emphasis on those who achieved a final placing.
• Performance in Major Matches in the previous 13 to 48 months, with particular emphasis on those who achieved a medal placing.
• Performance trajectory, with a consistent upward trend being most favourable
• Potential to win a medal at the next Olympic Games, in the view of the PG expert panel.
• Potential to win a medal at the Olympic Games after next, in the view of the PG expert panel.
• An athlete profile that demonstrates the ability to succeed at Olympic level, covering areas such as responsiveness to coaching, attitude and commitment, progression and demonstrated ability to perform under pressure.

Note 1) ‘Major Matches’ are defined as World Cups, World Championships, World Cup Finals, European Championships and Olympic Games.
Note 2) If the athlete is a junior, or was in the 48 month period prior to the Athlete Review, performances in the Junior European Championships and the Junior category of World Championships will be taken into account.

Setting and hitting personal targets
• Performance and development goals are established for each shooter
• The goals are aligned to world class performance benchmarks and world class athlete profiles
• The goals are reviewed every 3-6 months through internal and external case conferences

GB Academy Programme

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

RIFLE Male

Entry 17-20

Entry Senior

50m 3P

1138.8

1157.5

50m Prone

613.6

620.5

10m Air

613.5

621.9

 

RIFLE Female

Entry 17-20

Entry Senior

50m 3P

565.8

579.3

10m Air

408.9

415.0

  

SHOTGUN Male

Entry 17-20

Entry Senior

Trap

110

118

Double Trap

105

137

Skeet

110

120

 

SHOTGUN Female

Entry 17-20

Entry Senior

Trap

63

66

Skeet

63

67


PISTOL Male

Entry 17-20

Entry Senior

50m

540.0

549.8

25m Rapid Fire

565.0

572.2

10m Air

568.0

577.4


PISTOL Female

Entry 17-20

Entry Senior

25m

565.0

570.4

10m Air

375.0

379.8

Note: Due to a number of rule changes relating to finals, the GBAP minimum consideration scores are set at getting into a discipline specific final. 
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