A truly successful day at Mendip Shooting Ground for the second session. All athletes have made serious headway already in terms of confidence and are taking on board everything I have to say.
This Talent Hub has a great mix of ability which has benefited all. This has allowed our younger athletes to watch our more experiences shots, which has enabled them to part-learn through osmosis. Getting a real feel for timing and smooth movement to the target.
This session has been a great insight into what is yet to come, for both myself and the athletes. Seeing results from the first session translating into this session has really shown them that if they continue to work hard, anything is possible!
Session 2 focussed on building a routine – and sticking to it! The day consisted of both ‘class room’ based work and work on the range. All made possible by the fantastic facilities available at Mendip. Our class room session consisted of writing down and amending our routines. Each individual wrote down what it is they do as part of their routine and then demonstrated them to the group. Whilst being reminded of school isn’t always fun, sometimes it can really benefit learning and understanding. This exercise allowed athletes to amend their routines based on others and my own. Added elements that suited them or that they believe they can benefit from.
Once everyone was happy with their new routine, it was time to implement them. This allowed athletes to really think about what it was they were doing. This requires focus on the process, rather than the outcome. So, it is important at this stage not to focus on breaking the clay, but rather building on the foundations that will allow you to do so in the future.
After working throughout the day on routines, we had a team debrief in the afternoon. This debrief included goals and ‘homework’. What can we do at home (for free!) that can help us improve our skills on the range? We went through various exercises and techniques that athletes can do at home, which cost nothing, but that will improve stability, consistency and movement out on the range! It is also important to go through and decide what your goals are. We sat and discussed individually, what exactly it is they want to achieve (short and long term) and how we are going to achieve them. Not only is it great to have them written down so we can refer back to them and analyse progress, but also for motivational purposes. Reading through goals before training and/or competing can give you that extra drive to push yourself.
There is also a great video from athlete turned coach, Matt Goodwin on this subject. You can find it here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBi_tDCeyRk
The next session is being held at Mendip Shooting Ground on Saturday 4thMay 2019, between 10am and 4pm! Whilst this is a series of 10 days, you can absolutely join us for a taster day to see if Olympic Trap is the discipline for you! If this is something you are interested in doing and would like more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the “contact us” section of my website www.gtroberts.co.uk!