A long term athlete development plan for the British Canoe Union
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
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As British Canoe Union Long Term Paddler Development (LTPD) Project Officer I was tasked with the production of a LTPD plan that reflected the needs of paddlesport, providing a developmental pathway for all paddlers. This plan included responsibility for the publication of the LTPD pathway document (appendix A), and integration of LTPD throughout the BCU National Development Plan (One Stop Plan (appendix B). The decision for the BCU to develop a Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) pathway was based on a funding opportunity from Sport England and supported by evidence to suggest that, with flexible development, a LTPD pathway would address the needs of paddlesport. The LTPD vision is thoroughly embedded and forms a connecting strand throughout the BCU One Stop Plan, and plays a significant role in achieving the BCU vision and strategic objectives. The BCU LTPD pathway is based on Dr Istvan Balyis LTAD model, first utilised by Alpin Canada Alpine (The National Governing Body for Ski racing in Canada) in 1999. The BCU LTPD pathway progressed through six drafts and a thorough consultation period to create the final published version. The BCU established a LTPD planning group, an effective decision-making team of managers, representative of the wide and diverse fractions of the sport, to oversee LTPD development. The consultation process targeted key individuals within the sport, discipline specific groups, and the wider paddling population. The consultation process identified paddler needs across the sport and reactions to the suitability of the proposed model. The final BCU LTPD pathway model identified specific principles and guidelines for physical, psychological, technical, tactical and ancillary development at various stages, with competencies at each level forming the foundation for the next level. The model provides a developmental programme, supporting all paddlers achieve performances that reflect their potential aspirations.
MSc Coaching Science
- Masters Degrees (Sport) 
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