World Archery Coaching Seminar Developing Talent London, GBR Ceri Ann DaviesPerformance Programme Manager What is this lady’s role and who is she anyway?? Role- To operationalise the Archery GB Performance Strategy BackgroundBorn: Port Talbot, South Wales Moved to Australia Met Husband and moved to Scotland Now at Archery GB Background High Performance Manager – practitioner services (SIS) Consultant High Performance Strategy (WIS) Women in Sport (ASC) strategy & policy Programme Development & Performance Planning (SIS/ QIS) Coach Development (ASC/ SIS/ WIS) Psychology & Neuropsychology Lecturer (South Wales) Sport Development Manager (Queensland) Marketing Manager & Head of Corporate Services (Cardiff & Queensland) Commonwealth Games Medallist (Australian Captain) 4 Times World Champion -last one when I was 7 months pregnant BSc (hons) Applied Psychology MSc Performance Coaching 2011 World Archery Coaching Seminar The World Class 2009/13 Archery Performance Programme (WCPP) Mission statement “In partnership with the key stakeholders Archery shall deliver a comprehensive training and competition programme of the highest professional standards for worldclass athletes and their coaches with the objectives of maximising performance outcomes at the London 2012 Olympic Games and building a sustainable legacy for the sport in the future” 2011 World Archery Coaching Seminar The World Class Pathway Pre PM (April 2011) 1X Month Weekend Camps Large age range 14-22 Larger abilities range Limited Service Provision 1X Month for ½ day Purely technical Some Issues with that Pathway Entry was via application Criteria was not clear and process of selection not as open/transparent as we would like No clear link to existing ‘system’/ little reach to regions (no cascading of expertise down) Archers were arriving technically weaker than we would have hoped for- so re-building work required No formal coach education ‘within’ the WCP Archers were ‘archers’ and few had an athletes mind-set / lack of education around this Service provision was not targeted to the age/stage of athlete development Addressing Olympic Development Senior Development Training Group Senior Development Training Group Pushing Podium Athletes for 2012 Midweek 1-2-1 with Olympic Coach Targeted Service Provision Development of Athlete mind-set Leadership group Leadership group Building towards Rio The athlete ‘voice’ Developing the athlete mind-set 1Xmonth camp with Olympic Coach Sufficient Service Provision and Benchmarking Talent Confirmation Talent Confirmation An assessment period of development/work ethic/ coach-ability/ responsiveness Addressing Talent/ Academy System Olympic Development Regional Academies Regional Academies Regional Academies Talent Confirmation will take place through a regional academy system. Academies will feed the Olympic Development Squad I the future with athletes who are ready for a ‘World Class Development’ programme Intelligence and best practice will be cascaded down and out through academies so that more athletes will access programmes and training systems which promote performance Development Addressing Discourse Terminology Definition World Class Development Selected Archers are immersed in a highly specialised environment to enable them to develop as World Class Performers. Talent Confirmation (TC) An extended assessment phase whereby each Archer’s talent characteristics are carefully verified prior to formal initiation onto World Class Development Programme. Talent Selection (TS) This is the screening of Archers currently participating in the sport using both qualitative (coaches eye) and/or quantitative (science), to identify those most likely to succeed at World Class level i.e. existing, experienced talent. Talent Identification (TID) This is the screening of individuals using selected tests to identify those with the potential for World Class success. Athletes selected through TID have had no prior involvement in their sport i.e. raw, latent talent. Talent Transfer (TT) This is the structured re-assignment of athletes across sports which have similar and transferable talent characteristics i.e. Gymnastics to Diving. Athletes selected often develop in compressed timeframes, having developed many ‘ready-made’ skills courtesy of the first (‘donor’) sport Coach Development Olympic Development Coaches & Academy Coaches to undergo formal recruitment process (improved accountability, responsibility and credibility of these coaches) Experts involved in recruitment Olympic Coach Programme Manager Performance Director Lead Bio-mechanist Performance impact Coaching Consultant (external) High Performance Manager (EIS)- expert in practitioner recruitment Coaches now receive CPD, holidays, sick pay, support and line management just like other staff team membership Since May 2011 we have recruited: Four Olympic Development Coaches Seven Academy Coaches Scottish Archery Association offered use of recruitment and CPD opportunities for two Coaches which was taken Coach Development • Academy Coaches receive CPD from Performance Impact Coach Consultant (external) to explore issues in coaching theory and practice • Coaches receive some CPD through leadership programme working alongside athletes on various projects • Coaches encouraged to take knowledge from various domains and apply it to coaching practice in Archery (touch upon this later…) Addressing Technique Olympic Coach leads Olympic Development Strategy and Key Messages for Academies All Coaches empowered to make own decision regarding planning and athlete tracking systems Coaches are offer education around service provision and programme design and management- shortly… All Coaches to work alongside Olympic Coach for each athlete’s technical assessment to gain insights into technical coaching, ensure quality control in delivery and enhanced athlete experience Addressing Service Provision • Targeted service provision coordinated by Programme Manager as a function of each athletes needs and development stage • Enhanced levels for Senior Development Training Group • Individual provision for leaders • Group delivery for Talent Confirmation • Some Group Delivery for Academy athletes Addressing the athlete Mind-Set World Class Athletes who are Archers!..... TRUST + RESPECT = EMPOWERMENT +Leadership Programme Established +‘Athlete Voice’ +Values & mission agreed +Behaviours agreed +Code of Conduct evolves +Projects & Community of practice established +Squad Identity grows stronger +Collaboration & creativity Leadership Projects: Some examples…. What is meant by open source in knowledge- sharing. How can we learn from this in Archery? What does it mean to be British? Draw a table showing the top 10 Recurve Archers in the World for each category and gender, what their PB is and what nation they are from? Provide an example of a community of practice that would help inform how we could work as a group? Describe the phases of periodization & how could we vary the volume & intensity of training in Archery Addressing Criteria and Transparency Criteria to be constructed and driven by those who develop World Class Athletes. What talents do we look for when screening/ selecting archers?? What they have said… Olympic Coach ‘love of the sport and willingness to do the work’ Lead Practitioners ‘ Hard work, ability to work in isolation, perseverance, determination : Personal and Cognitive Factors ….very few physical factors’ Consultant ‘luck – born to right parents, in the right place at the right time to access coaching, equipment and facilities…with a developmental approach to learning’ UK Sport Talent Team Exploring examples from other sports and domains (such as military (snipers), music (School in New York) Me Coping with adversity, an athlete mind-set, intelligence in performance, leadership Criteria • Open door policy to screening • Clear objectives from Talent Confirmation process (evolving) • Concentrated financial and service support only after successful confirmation • Moving towards an X Factor style Road Show • Offer real time feedback to regional coaching committees on how their talent is stacking up against the rest of the UK and on which technical elements Defining Our Pool Total number of juniors? Total Members: 33,765 Junior Members: 7732 23% of our membership are 18 or under (not counting scouts/ holiday goers) Juniors of a particular age or stage? Grand Master Bowman: 5 Master Bowman: 13 Junior Master Bowman: 70 FITA Star: 74 FITA Target: 104 Those who attend nationals? Those who apply? A 6-Month Journey Discourse Talent Selection Academy Launch Coaching Service Provision Building Capacity Our own house Latent Talent Regional input and output Athlete Centred Programme The Programme Curriculum What next?... World Class Development Selected Archers are immersed in a highly specialised environment to enable them to develop as World Class Performers. Are Camps highly specialised?....... Answer…. Somewhat. Centralised, residential- style programme would be a truly specialised environment Therefore- As much talent confirmation as possible MUST take place prior to induction to World Class Development Crossing Knowledge Domains • Different landscapes • Scary or exciting?? The Edge Finding Knowledge (theory) And applying it (practice) All Knowledge All Sports Knowledge All Archery Knowledge Archery GB Where are we looking • The Arts (music, literature, theatre, art etc. • Military (sniper training, leadership training etc.) • Medical Science (neuropsychology, heart surgery etc.) • Pop Culture (t.v. production, internet open source etc.) • ALWAYS STAYING TRUE TO YOURSELF AND YOUR CULTURE….. Thank you… Ready to answer your questions!