Registration is now open for the Youth National Talent Development Programme (NTDP) as well as the new Paralympic NTDP for England and Northern Ireland.
The programmes provide specialist technical coaching as well as a wide range of athlete development support.
It’s also a great opportunity to meet other archers with performance ambitions.
Registration for the Youth National Talent Development Programme and the Paralympic NTDP in England is through Sport:80.
Search for 'National Talent Development Programme' in Events to find and book your place.
Athletes in Northern Ireland can register for the Youth or Paralympic NTDPs by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
A 2021/22 NTDP parent said: "Overall, as a parent, you want your child to enjoy the sport and to grow as a person and athlete. Every time my son leaves an NTDP session he is tired but so excited. He talks about each session and what he needs/wants to do next. How he can improve and what he wants to work on. I couldn’t ask for more."
The Youth NTDP provides bimonthly training days for young recurve and compound archers at four regional centres across England (north, south and central) and Northern Ireland.
Each athlete’s personal coach is encouraged to attend too to learn more about the technical model and to ensure aligned coaching between sessions.
A 2021/22 Youth NTDP parent said: "I see the NTDP as probably one of the biggest benefits of Archery GB membership for youth archers. The archers get a full day of coaching and fitness training, with additional sessions on nutrition and mental preparation. This is invaluable for those archers who really want to improve."
|16 October 16
* 23 October for NTDP North
The Paralympic NTDP will follow a similar model, though it will initially be based only at Lilleshall National Sports Centre (England) and Lisnagarvey High School (Northern Ireland) in order to allow for specialist Paralympic practitioners to come together to support athletes.
Another key difference is that the Para NTDP will be open to recurve and compound athletes of all ages, who consider themselves to have a physical disability. Though the Para NTDP will be inclusive of all physical disabilities, it is important to note that progression along the Paralympic Pathway will be dependent on classification according to the rules of World Archery.
|26 and 27 November