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Rhythmic Aspire (Talent) Camp Selection Policy

 

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What is the National Talent Development Programme?

The Acrobatics Talent Programme has been set up by British Gymnastics to support the development of aspiring coaches and their gymnasts through a series of practical and engaging coaching clincs based at the following High Performance Centres:

  • South Tyneside
  • Yate

 

Who can attend?

Following an extensive review of the first year of Acrobatics Talent Developoment Programme. The programme will focus on providing learning opportunities for ambitious coaches who are keen to improve their technical knowledge and understanding of the development of performance gymnasts.

Coaches will be invited to a series of four practical coaching clinics delivered at our High Performance Centres. The entry criteria for coaches wishing to be a part of this programme are:

  • Level 3+ coaches aspiring to coach the FIG Pathway

The programme is part-funded by Sport England and Sport Northern Ireland and is open to English and Northern Irish coaches.

 

National Symposium

In addition to these technical clinics, we will be running a coaching symposium over two days at the British Gymnastics Lilleshall National Headquarters. This is a brand new event specifically created for coaches at the start of a gymnasts journey and will offer a whole range of technical and non-technical cpd sessions.More information about the Acrobatics Coaching Symposium will be circulated in the coming months.

 

Should you have any questions about the Performance Pathway Programme, please contact any of the staff below:

Kristof Willerton - National Talent Development Officer - Email Kristof Willerton

Rona Patterson - National Talent Development Manager - Email Rona Patterson

 

TRA 1

The Performance Pathway Programme has been set up by British Gymnastics to support the development of young gymnasts through a series of challenging, educational and engaging training camps based at three High Performance Centres across the country:

  • North England and Northern Ireland - City of Liverpool Trampoline Club
  • Midlands - Northampton Trampoline Gymnastics Academy
  • South England - OLGA Gymnastics and Trampoline Club

 

Who can attend?

The Performance Pathway Programme for Trampoline is designed to select gymnasts who are keen to learn and develop into World Class performers. Our programme is designed to identify some of the best current performers to teach them all about the physical and mental skills they will need for success and guide them on their way to glory. Our sytem has two tiers; the first for gymnasts performing well in competition and the second for gymnasts who display characteristics of successful elite performers.

Tier One

Our Tier One gymnasts will be invited to four training camps at their nearest High Performance Centre bewteen October 2015 and June 2016. Their personal Coach will also be invited to attend every session. In addition to these four camps, Tier One gymnasts and their coaches will be invited to three National Performance Pathway camps at the British Gymnasts National Headquaters in Shropshire. Eligibility for selection onto the performance Pathway Tier One squad is based on the criteria below:

 

Age Groups Tier One

FIG 9-10

FIG 11-12

FIG 13 (1st year 13-14's only)

All Qualifiers For British Championships (FIG Level)

NDP 8 9-10

NDP 8 11-12

NDP 8 13 (1st year 13-14's only)

NDP Finals - Medal Winners

 

Tier Two

Our Tier Two gymnasts will be invited to four training camps at their nearest High Performance Centre between October 2015 and June 2016. Their personal coach will also be invited to attend every session. Eligibility for selection onto the Performance Pathway Tier Two squad is based on the criteria below:

 

Age Groups Tier Two

FIG 9-10

FIG 11-12 

FIG 13

Achieved British Championships Qualification Scores on a Minimum of 1 Rountine (Compulsory, WAGC set or Vol - minimum execution)

NDP 8 9-10

NDP 8 11-12

NDP Finals - Top 8 Finalists
NDP 7 9-10 NDP Finals - Medal Winners

 

Wild Card Selections

Each zonal lead coach in consultation with the Head National Coach and Head Pathway Coach reserve the right to select any gymnast from any NDP/FIG level based on:

  • A gymnast acheiving an exceptional score(s) at a BG sanctioned event.
  • A gymnast who has been ill or injured during the season.

 

Tier One Squad:

3 x National Pathway Squads (Lilleshall)

4 x Zonal Pathway Squads (North, Midlands or South)

Tier Two Squad:

4 x Zonal Pathway Squads (North, Midlands or South)

 

 Coach CPD Opportunities

We recognise that in order to raise the domestic level of Trampolining across the country and aspire to continually producing World and Olympic Champions. Therefore, at each of the four Pathway camps based at our three High Performance Centres, there will be a unique opportunity open to any other caoches in the area to attend the camps, irrelevant of whether they have a gymnast on the programme. For information on 2015-16 camp dates and booking onto a camp as an oberserving coach, please contact the Trampoline Performance Pathway Coordinator:

Julie Jenkins - National Talent Development Officer - Email Julie Jenkins

In addition to these technical development opportunities, we will be running a coaching symposium over two days in January 2016 at the British Gymnastics National Headquarters. This is a brand new event specifically created for coaches at the start of a gymnasts journey and will offer a range of technical and non-technical education sessions. More information about the 2016 Trampoline Coaching Symposium will be circulated in the coming months.

 

The Performance Pathway Trampoline Team

Julie Jenkins - National Talent Development Officer - Email Julie Jenkins

Rona Patterson - National Talent Development Manager - Email Rona Patterson

The Tumbling Performance Pathway Programme has been designed with the following specific targets in mind:

  • Increasing the number of gymnasts able to access FIG age group competition structure, thus strengthening the support base of the National Squad and GB teams.
  • Developing coaches within clubs engaged with the programme so they can better support the long term development of their gymnasts.
  • Increasing the number of clubs entering gymnasts in the British Championships
  • Supporting the National Coaches in delivering training to the National Squads
  • Supporting the National Coaches attending international competitions with GB teams.

 

What does it look like?

Creation of an additional two-tiered squad development programme directly underpinning the existing National Squad.

National Squad (LNSC)

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Performance Pathway Tier One Squad (LNSC)

Performance Pathway Tier Two Squad ( Wakefield, Birmingham, Richmond, Andover)

 

Selection Criteria

Age Group National Squad PP Tier 1 Squad PP Tier 2 Squad (All 4 points below apply to each age group at 11-12, 13-14,15-16 and 17-21)
9-10 Trial LNSC - 19/20 March Trial LNSC - 19/20 March Trial LNSC - 19/20 March
11-12 FIG Gymnasts 1st to 6th FIG Gymnasts 7th to 12th 1. Gymnasts from existing clubs running FIG age group training programmes who are not yet either in the National or Tier 1 squads but show potential to be successful FIG Gymnasts.
13-14 FIG Gymnasts 1st to 6th FIG Gymnasts 7th to 12th 2. NDP gymnasts who are 'in age' from the top 4 levels of the NDP and who competed at the NDP National finals
15-16 FIG Gymnasts 1st to 6th FIG Gymnasts 7th to 12th 3. Gymnasts who are 'in age' from the top 4 levels of the NDP and competed at the NDP Qualifying events but did not qualify for the finals.
17-21 N/A FIG Gymnasts 1st to 6th 4. Gymnasts who are 'out of age' from the top 4 levels of the NDP and competed at the NDP National selection events or National Finals but show sufficent potential to progress to FIG
Seniors FIG Gymnasts 1st to 6th N/A N/A

 

 Coach CPD Opportunities

  • Performance Pathway National Coaching Symposium - January 2017
  • Tier Two Camps open to personal coaches to attend
  • Tier Two Camps open to coaches without selected gymnasts to attend

 

Should you have any questions regarding the Performance Pathway Programme, please contact any of the staff below:

Kristof Willerton - Performance Pathway Coordinator - Email Kristof Willerton

Sarah Benson - Performance Pathway Development Manager - Email Sarah Benson

 

The MAG National Talent Development Programme continually strives to work towards the following goals:

  • Deliver standards from the World Class Programme to a domestic level
  • Sustain the number of the exceptionally talented gymnasts entering the World Class Programme
  • Support coaches in the their role of nuturing the next generation of champions
  • Raise the performance level of boys enetering the Grade competitions, especially at Level 1 and 2
  • Facilitate the transfer of the gymnasts into the Elite Pathway
  • Broaden the talent pool by reaching out to gymnasts and coaches who want to learn

 

Success

Within recent years the entire Men's programme has gone from strength to strength. The addition of the Talent Development Programme has had considerable success since its launch in 2013 and continues to contribute towards the development of coaches and gymnasts across the country.

A vast number of young gymnasts and coaches attended over 50 camps and 35 clinics in the first three years of the Talent Development Programme. The number of gymnasts that compete in the National Setwork Finals has been consistently rising over the last few years and the addition of the Talent Development Programme has without doubt contributed to this.

During the 3 years of the programme between 2013 and 2015, there was a significant increase of 48% in the number of Elite Grade entries and almost a 9% increase in the Club Grade entries. The number of clubs producing gymnasts selected for the Elite Performance Squad is at an all time high. These figures are extremely positive for the programme, they reflect the widespread use of good coaching methods within the clubs and regions.

 

Review Process

The Performance Pathway staff and National Coaches have been working hard to sustain the success of the Performance Pathway programme. Feedback was gathered from both clinic and camp attendees, these points were taken on board in the reviewing process.

The Performance Pathway staff and National Coaches are confident that the new format of events will be effective as well as resolving issues that were higlighted within the previous structure. The aims of the programme remain unchanged, however there is now more of a focus on providing coach development opportunities.

 

MAG National Talent Development Programme

Club Open Days

From April 2016, a National calendar of Club Open Days will replace the regional clinics. These Open Days will provide a unique opportunity to observe some of the country's best development and performance coaches coaching day-to-day sessions in their own environment. In addition, National Coaches will frequently be present to offer further advice and support to coaches who are keen to learn and develop their expertise.

Each Open Day includes observation of the club's usual training environment, a short interactive workshop and a question and answer session

The Open Day calendar of events can be found on the 'Find A Course' section of the British Gymnastics Website or via the link below. Coaches will have the opportunity book onto these events on a first-come-first-served basis. From August 2016 the programme aims to expand and select additional high performing clubs to host Club Open Days.

Men's Artistic Talent Development Programme Open Days Coaching Clinic's

 

Gymnast Reward Camps

There will be two Reward Camps that replace the previous regional camps. One of these camps will be for gymnasts that perform well in the Club Grades and the other is for gymnasts that perform well at the Elite Grades yet jus miss out on selection for the Elite Performance Squad. Selection for the Elite Reward Camp is by invitation from the National Coaches.

These camps take place shortly after the National Setwork Finals and provide an exciting opportunity for gymnasts to train at Lilleshall National Sports Centre with the National Coaches. The camps also offer a range os sessions delivered by specialists sort science practitioners. Personal are encouraged to attend these camps to build on their professional development.

 

Contacts

Should you have any questions about the MAG National Talent Developemnt Programme, please contact any of the staff below:

Rebecca Partridge - National Talent Development Officer - Email Rebecca Partridge

Rona Patterson - National Talent Development Manager - Email Rona Patterson

 

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