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News: Bowls Scotland launches national academy

Published 2 February 2017, 16:12

Bowls Scotland today launched a National Academy with six promising bowlers joining the performance pathway.

Bowls Scotland has officially launched its National Academy, the middle tier of the Bowls Scotland Performance Pathway after Regional Academies.
The Regional Academies, which were launched by the National governing body last year are used as a talent ID system to find players who have a desire and commitment to develop their game. As part of the academies, players are able to develop their skills and improve their all-round performance with focused coaching sessions from dedicated Regional Coaches. Applications for the 2017 Regional Academy closes on 31st March 2017.
The National Academy will go one step further with a focus on developing players within a High Performance environment and preparing them to deliver on the World Stage by exposing them to relevant international competition. Those selected have a proven track record of success as well as future potential to deliver medal winning performances for Scotland.
In its first year the National Academy will see six players, who have met the selection criteria, take their spot in the squad in a bid to further develop their skills. The National Academy will be a centralised programme with regular squad days and individual coaching sessions.
This year’s Scottish Super Series silver medalist Jason Banks joins Under 25 Ladies Singles Champion Megan Kivlin as part of the squad along with 4 other promising players.

The Bowls Scotland National Academy squad is as follows:
Jason Banks John Fleming Greg McLaughlin Natelie Docherty Megan Kivlin Emma McIntyre

High Performance Coach, David Gourlay commented:
“We are delighted to have launched the National Academy this year as the next step on the Performance Pathway and look forward to working with all of the players involved. This is a great opportunity for players to develop their skills and be exposed to a High Performance environment.”
For more information on the Bowls Scotland High Performance Selection Criteria visit:
http://www.bowlsscotland.com/performance/selection-criteria/high-performance-squad- selection-criteria

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