Archery GB has selected 23 cadet and junior archers to represent Great Britain at the World Youth Championships in the USA in June.
Northern Ireland’s Aimee Convery and Patrick Huston are both in the squad.
The academies at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire and Lilleshall National Sports Centre, the home of Archery GB’s World Class Performance Programme and Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire opened in 2013.
The academies represent the readiness for change within the sport and Archery GB’s commitment to produce international world class archers.
These Regional Centres of Excellence will not only offer world class talent development for 60 promising archers, they will also promote performance coaching in their region.
The selected archers are mostly aged between ten and 16, with the majority of them having been through a 12 month rigorous talent programme to be offered a place at one of the regional performance academies.
Archery GB’s Northern (Bishop Burton), Southern (Hartpury) and Central (Lilleshall) Performance Academies will offer an inspirational, multi-sport environment, where the young archers and performance coaches will develop.
The ultimate goal is progression to Archery GB’s World Class Performance Programme.