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Supporting Talented Young Performers Talent Development in England Emyr Roberts Strategic Lead Excel Sport England DKH Legacy Trust National Conference 1st April 2010 1 Creating sporting opportunities in every community Sport England 2009 – 2013 high level targets

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Supporting Talented Young Performers

Talent Development in England

Emyr Roberts

Strategic Lead Excel Sport England

DKH Legacy Trust National Conference 1st April 2010

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sport england 2009 2013 high level targets
Sport England 2009 – 2013 high level targets

1 million people doing more Sport by March 2013

Reduction in post 16 drop off in at least 5 sports by 25%

Quantifiable increase in satisfaction of the sporting experience

Improved talent development systems in at least 25 sports

Major contribution to the 5 hour sport offer

Create a world leading community sports system

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Sustain

(60% of investment)

Grow

(15% of investment)

Excel

(25% of investment)

More people satisfied with the aspects of sport that are important to them

25% fewer 16 to

18 year-olds dropping out of selected sports

One million adults taking part in more sport by 2012/13

Helping more young people to access five hours of sport each week

Appropriate talent support systems for each sport so that more talented performers move onto elite programmes

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excel where does it fit in the landscape
Excel – where does it fit in the landscape

World Class Podium

UK Sport

World Class Development

Athlete/Coach

Competition

Development

WC Talent Selection & Confirmation

Governing Bodies

Talent Development

Quality Clubs; Coaches

and Competition

Sport Eng

Excel

High Quality PE

Support for gifted and talented

YST

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high level strategy 2009 2013 recap
Approx 25% of SE investment on developing talent.

Annual Targets and 4 year outcome regarding size and / or quality of talent pool agreed with each sport

SE investing in 46 sports - of which 34 currently have £ in excel related activity.

Improved talent development systems in at least 25 sports

High level strategy 2009 – 2013 recap

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excel outcomes england talent pool quantity quality both
Hockey - young players entering player pathway increase 20,000.

Tennis - regularly competing juniors 22,000 up to 39,000

Rugby League – no of players within talent pool 2,000 up to 6,000

Athletics – no of Eng athletes achieving a performance standard.

Golf – reducing the average handicap of players in talent pool

Table Tennis – no of junior boys ranked top 50 in Europe

A few sports – no of athletes who progress onto W. C Programmes.

Excel + - medals at world and European level / world ranking ( netball; water skiing; squash; women’s rugby)

Excel outcomes – England talent pool quantity / quality / both

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excel outcomes
Excel outcomes

Across the 34 sports – 57 initially agreed XL outcomes;

37 quantitative; 8 qualitative; 12 hybrid.

Shift balance – much bigger focus on quality of talent pool and strengthening the system of talent development – based on quality of the 3 C’s ( coaches; clubs and competition)

Revisiting; re shaping and sharpening up 4 year NGB outcomes; annual targets to measure progress and better demonstrate impact of £

Need to be very clear - how measuring talent pool size & quality; baseline; metrics and eradicate any anomalies and ambiguity.

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terminology let s be clear
Terminology - let’s be clear

Talent Pathway – part of broader player pathway & participant model; - where does Eng talent pathway start; finish; how does it connect with above and below; how many levels and tiers; approx timescale and length of pathway. Athlete numbers and broad age ranges.

Talent Pool – broader group of athletes / players who the NGB labels or perceives as talented; could be loose; larger numbers engaged in competition within the sport. On NGB radar – but not necessarily engaged in or benefitting from discrete NGB talent dev activity.

Talent Programme - defined group of athletes who are provided with a specific programme of NGB talent dev activity and support.

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excel top spenders 2009 2013
Excel – top spenders 2009 - 2013

Rugby League £8.066m. Swimming £7.378m

Cycling £7.198m Netball £6.579m

Rugby Union £6.018m Badminton £5.301m

Tennis £4.983m Tennis £4.983m

Athletics £4.983m Squash £4.668m

Golf £3.297m Canoeing £3.200m

Gymnastics £3.175m Sailing £2.554m

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excel spend as of se award 2009 2013
Water Skiing 67 % Modern Pentathlon 55 %

Canoeing 38 % Netball 37 %

Squash 35 % Swimming 35 %

Orienteering 31 % Triathlon 30 %

Cycling 28 % Gymnastics 28 %

Rugby League 27 % Sailing 26 %

Golf / Fencing / Badminton / Table Tennis 25%

Athletics / Equestrian / Basketball 24%

Lowest – Angling; Football; Snowsport; Shooting all < 10%

Excel – spend as % of SE award 2009 - 2013

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typical ngb talent pathway
Typical NGB talent pathway

Identified talent development clubs

District / Borough / sub county satellite squads

County squads at U13 / U15 / U17

Regional squads or regional academies

Super regional activity – north / midlands / south

England squads at u15 / u17 / u19 / u21

Entry standards; selection criteria / process; progression; is the talent pathway defined; clear; coherent; flexible.

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a good talent pathway should have
A good talent pathway should have;

Effective leadership and management

A seamless connection with what sits above and below.

A clear delivery plan; be coherent; progressive; flexible; entry points; performance standards; talent profiles.

Have full time quality specialist talent coaches;

Right balance of training and access to quality competition

Have SS / SM support & athlete / parent education.

Vibrant; inspiring and high quality environments.

Emphasis on quality more so than quantity

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the workforce supporting talent people the key ingredient
The workforce supporting talent People - the key ingredient

Need to build up accurate picture on the talent workforce.

Who is leading Talent Development within NGB;

Nationally employed NGB personnel – managers / coaches.

Quality coaching - fundamental – NO 1 priority.

Who are the coaches; how many; - full time / half time / part time / volunteers – are they connected & supported.

Talent ID specialists; selectors; team / squad managers; science and medicine personnel; lifestyle support.

Role models / athlete mentors.

Parental and peer group support.

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competition structures
Competition structures

Structure in some sports needs modernising realigning; bespoke to needs of participants, challenging and fun.

Single competition framework overlapping schools & clubs

Stream line; de clutter; eliminate duplication and over competition where it exists.

Can accommodate early specialisation and later developers.

Quality and quality of officials is important.

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ngb talent programme geography
NGB Talent Programme - geography

Build up a geographical profile of each sports talent programme. Where is it happening.

Talent clubs; county centres; regional bases; HPC; links to World class training venues;

Sport specific hot spots - and gaps.

Realistic coverage; NGB capability; athlete numbers;

Centralised / de centralised – who travels; proximity to athlete; peripatetic coaches.

Related facility issues and requirements.

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excel activity external relationships and other landscape partners
Excel activity – external relationships and other landscape partners

Commonwealth Games England

SportsAid.

UK Sport – connect and links with World Class

Youth Sport Trust – gifted & talented; UK School Games

DKH Legacy Trust and others.

TASS

AASE / Skills Active

Coordinated approach; alignment; connectivity; integration; clarity on roles & responsibilities; ensure no duplication of effort / resource

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excel and community sport links
Excel and Community Sport links

Recognition and acknowledgement that lower tiers of NGB talent pathway operate at county / sub county / local level.

How can we jointly strengthen connect between NGB talent programme and LA’s / CSP’s / local infrastructure. Top down and bottom up.

Promote current examples and increase awareness

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a more holistic approach to athlete support
A more holistic approach to athlete support

Balancing educational programme with sport

Life skills; communication; planning; goal setting; time man.

Access to mentors

Coping with stress and anxiety; winning and losing.

Dealing with the media; presentation skills

Nutrition; physiology ; psychology; fitness; conditioning

Parental and peer group support – athlete well being

Athlete / parent / coach interface.

Financial support and recognition

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dkh legacy trust backing talent programme
DKH Legacy Trust – Backing Talent programme

One solution for sports to consider providing holistic support.

Flexible product / programme can be customised for each sport.

Multi sport talent opportunity offers variety; broadens horizons

Uniqueness – use of trained retired world class athletes as role models and mentors; sharing their own experience

Credibility and inspiration.

What does it take to become a world class athlete – they know;

Provision of these key holistic life skill elements in an applied manner from an expert who has seen / done it

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sport england s role in talent development
Sport England’s role in talent development

Strategic investment through NGB.

Strategic leadership and coordination - helicopter view.

Support / advise / challenge / scrutinise – critical friend.

Monitor and track progress.

Capture and cascade / share good practice.

Forums for talent managers / coaches

Ensure cross agency connection and partnerships with NGB led talent plans.

Promote and recognise - newsletter; website articles

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conclusions the big c factors for ngb s to consider
Conclusions – the big C factors for NGB’s to consider

Clarity on England talent pathway / programme / pool.

Content / Curriculum – clear plan of intervention delivery

Coaching - quality

Clubs and facilities

Competition

Contact between athlete and coach - quality

Culture and environment – quality / inspirational

Coordination and Connect with world class

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supporting talented young performers
Supporting Talented young performers

THANKYOU

ANY QUESTIONS

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