Archery GB's Northern (Bishop Burton) and Southern (Hartpury) and Central (Lilleshall) Performance Academies will offer an inspirational multi-sport environment, where the young archers and performance coaches will develop. The ultimate goal is progression to Archery GB's World Class Performance Programme.
Ceriann Davies, Performance Pathways Manager, Archery GB, explains: "The announcement of our Regional Performance Academies is an exciting step in the evolution for our Performance Pathway. The archers will be in environments where performance development and coaching can thrive.
"We look forward to working with Bishop Burton to support further community engagement for the sport, and are proud that Hartpury has added archery to its portfolio of Elite Sports. These Regional Centres of Excellence would simply not have been possible without the support and funding from Sport England and the UK Talent Team's guidance has been instrumental to the design of our talent programme which underpins our academies."
The athletes who join the academies will attend monthly three day camps and meet with Performance Coaches twice monthly. They will be required to engage in 25 hours of training a week.
James Earl, Director of Sport and Sporting Partnerships for Bishop Burton says: "Bishop Burton is committed to providing talented young athletes the opportunity to develop to a high level in their chosen sport. Working with Archery GB and their best talent is an exciting proposition for Bishop Burton as we continue to expand our academy portfolio. We look forward to assisting the development of potential world class archers and the wider benefits this will bring to archery in East Yorkshire."
Phil De-Glanville, Director of Elite Sport for Hartpury College says: "It's a fantastic opportunity for us to be able to team up with Archery GB and continue to help develop young sporting talent. We're really excited for the partnership to get underway and can't wait to work closely with Archery GB to support talented youngsters."
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