The academies represent the readiness for change within the sport and Archery GB's commitment to produce international world class archers. These Regional Centres of Excellence will not only offer world class talent development for 60 promising archers, they will also promote Performance Coaching in their region.
The selected archers are mostly aged between 10 and 16 with the majority of them having been through a twelve month rigorous talent programme to be offered a place at one of the regional performance academies. Some of the archers have taken part in a two year pilot academy based at the Lilleshall, with some Junior Great Britain representatives at European and World Level.
Archery GB's Northern (Bishop Burton), 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 academies are all about preparing our most promising athletes for the world stage, it is vital for us to support the young talent of the future. This is the reasoning behind the three academies as most of the archers who are entering the performance academies are eight to twelve years away from becoming world class archers capable of medalling on the world class archers."
The selected archers have been tracked and benchmarked on their ability to engage with the training programme; including strength and conditioning training, technical skills and drills, time management, monitoring their own health and wellbeing, and most importantly the ability to convert training to performance gains.
The tracking and benchmarking will continue and each performance academy will offer a monthly residential camp plus numerous coaching sessions. From here the athletes will go through a talent confirmation phase where the volume, intensity and performance demands increase further to aid smooth transition to the World Class Programme.
Ceriann Davies, continues: "We now have hundreds of young archers on the talent programme underpinning the academy selections, so places will become even more competitive. 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."
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."
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