The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland are excited to be running our first ‘Talent Identification Academy’. Our Talent ID days have been a great success in the past but now we are able to invest more efforts into developing young athletes from an early age. Through similar programs conducted within British Canoeing have seen members go on to compete for Team GB at World Championships and the Olympic Games.
To launch our “Talent Identification Academies” CANI have begun to work with a number of Primary and Secondary Schools to help identify those with the skills and desire to compete and excel in the sports of Canoe Slalom and Canoe Sprint. These Primary and Secondary Schools have been selected due to their geographical nature near our two Performance Hubs:
- The TID Academy based at Shaw’s Bridge in Belfast for Canoe Slalom
- The TID Academy based at Belfast Boat Club in Belfast for Canoe Sprint
The TID Academies are specifically designed for young people with the potential to be successful in Canoe Sprint or Canoe Slalom, as a member of the academies they will be mentored, challenged and developed with the aim of achieving future success at international level.
The Canoe Slalom Program for 2016/17 focuses on primary school children aged 10 to 11 within the greater Belfast Area.
At this age the children are able to complete the training required to become elite athletes and are still young enough to potentially have the opportunity to progress to the national junior team. The success of an individual cannot be determined by a single result, so participants are taken through a range of testing protocols including gym and water based assessments as well as an assault course task. Their achievements during this process, as well as their attitude and behaviour throughout testing, are all factors taken into consideration during selection.
Those that make the grade join the fast track ‘Academy’ programme where coaches see them daily to five days a week for lunchtime gym sessions, after school pool training and coaching on the slalom course. As an important part of the process they take out membership with a local canoe club allowing them to make Canoeing their Number 1 Sport.
The Canoe Sprint Program for 2018/19 focuses on 12 to 14 year olds within the greater Belfast Area.
Those who are determined and ready to be challenged technically, physically and psychologically both on and off the water. Participants will be put through specific testing within a gym setting, on the water and on an assault course. The individual’s result obtained during testing is not a sole decider on their progression to the next phase of selection. The participant’s attitude towards testing and training as well as their behaviour are also factors taken into consideration.
Those that make the grade join the fast track ‘Academy’ programme where coaches see them daily to five days a week for lunchtime gym sessions and coaching on the river Lagan. As an important part of the process they take out membership with a local canoe club allowing them to make Canoeing their Number 1 Sport.
CANI are working with a number of Primary and Secondary Schools that are close to the training hubs of Shaw’s Bridge and Belast Boat Club. The schools have been working with CANI staff to help identify those with the skills and desire to compete and excel in the sports of Canoe Slalom and Canoe Sprint
An Annual Fee is payable to participate in the programme (based on the scale of activities included and on the current investment from Sport Northern Ireland). This Annual Fee will be paid in instalments (Starting from 1st April – 31st March), agreed in advance with the CANI Talent Lead. More information on pricing and expenses is made available from the beginning of the TID process.
If you are a school in the Greater Belfast Area and interested in working with CANI to deliver our “Talent Identification Academies” please contact Matt McKnight