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In 2012 the Talent Team was launched, with its aim being to increase the number of young cyclists racing, with the ultimate goal of producing world class riders at the 2020 Olympics and beyond. This is part of the high performance programme, and following the enthusiasm for this programme and appetite for youth racing, it became evident there was a further need for a youth development programme.
In 2014 the Youth Academy was established with the aim of educating and developing young cyclists so they can take the first steps on the Cycling Ireland pathway. It aims to attract, retain and develop youth cyclists by creating an environment that promotes excellence and develops talent by providing cyclists with a platform to reach their full potential. The National Youth Academy is made up of the four provincial academies: Connacht; Leinster; Munster and Ulster, through which training days and activities are organised.
The main role of the Youth Cycling Academy is:
- Implement a progressive, phased and developmental cyclist pathway
- Development of young cyclists through appropriate, cyclist centered, coaching and competition to maximise their enjoyment and development
- Develop technically (skill acquisition) and tactically talented cyclists and independent decision makers
- Implement an innovative and varied approach to competition that is cyclist centered and developmentally appropriate
- Develop and reinforce the expectations in the Cycling Ireland standard of: Team Spirit; Friendship; Conduct; Co-operation; Respect and Effort
- Increase participation in youth cycling
- Implement a system of effective measurement and quality assurance
- Implement and follow the Cycling Ireland Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model
VIEW LTAD MODEL HERE