Archery GB Compound Pathway - The Compound Pathway supports archers to develop their skills for the world stage. Archery GB is incredibly proud of our archers and we want to support them to realise their full potential, competing internationally and representing Great Britain. We’ve developed the Compound Pathway to help compound archers reach their competitive goals. The Compound Pathway consists of the National Talent Development Programme (NTDP), the Development Squad, the National Squad and the Senior National Squad
Archery GB is incredibly proud of our archers and we want to support them to realise their full potential, competing internationally and representing Great Britain. We’ve developed the Compound Pathway to help compound archers reach their competitive goals.
The Compound Pathway:
An archer can enter the pathway at any stage.
Archers with aspirations of competing internationally for Great Britain must attain the score level proposed in the annual selection document.
All compound archers within the U21 or U18 World Archery categories can apply to be a part of the National Talent Development Programme, the first step on the Compound Pathway.
To develop archers to representative level and beyond, young archers may apply to be part of the National Squads.
Archers that have future potential though are not yet at the standard required for international representation, as identified by the GBR coaches, will be invited onto the Compound Development Squad.
Archers that are attaining or are likely within the year to attain the required level will be invited onto the Compound Youth National Squad. Both squads meet regularly and give young archers the opportunity to have access to a performance environment that encourages the growth of performance habits and skills that will be necessary to perform at international level.
For the compound pathway, the NTDP acts as a support mechanism. It allows young compound archers to train alongside like-minded individuals and provides access to structured coaching. Young compound archers will also receive advice from coaches and experienced archers about the next stages of the pathway and how to progress.
The Development Squad is accessible to young athletes via submission of their scores at the end of an outdoor season. Squads are selected in October after an assessment day. The assessment day is used to recognise future potential in archers who are not yet scoring at the level required for international representation, but who have the attitude required to get there.
These squads usually run once a month from October to March and provide the performance environment that archers need to develop the skills and knowledge to progress further.
The National Youth Squad is accessible to young athletes again via submission of scores at the end of an outdoor season. Squads are selected largely based on those score submissions, but some archers may be asked to attend an assessment day in October. These archers are likely to be at the level required for international representation and so the monthly squad sessions, from October to March, are focussed on giving archers the performance environment they need to be ready to perform on the international stage.
Practitioner support including Strength and Conditioning, Sport Psychology and more, is available within the squad programmes.
The National Senior Squad is accessible to all compound archers across the country. Archers must submit 5 WA 50m qualification scores and 10 WA 15 arrow match scores. The archers with the highest cumulative scores are invited to take part in the Senior Squads where they will have access to the best archery expertise in the country and an opportunity to train intensively, readying them for international representation on the world stage.