What are the Lions?
In 2017 the English Twenty Club launched the English Lions Talent Pathway. Made up of English shooters identified as showing potential, the squad will be provided with elite level coaching in all aspects of target rifle shooting. The ultimate goal is to progress to represent England on the international stage. Whilst there is no guarantee that they will be selected for England at the end of the squad cycle, they will be a more capable individual and team shooter.
Any uncapped or once capped shooter* is eligible to apply, there is no upper age limit. You will need to be a member of the English Twenty Club and over 18 years old. You are expected to have shown potential in competition in the last year and have a strong belief in your ability to become a high performing shooter.
The squad will meet for three training weekends during the year, the first one being in the autumn to set goals and work on winter training plans and then two training weekends in the following year. Attendance at these weekends is a mandatory part of squad membership.
The selected squad is managed by 4 permanent staff who will be the first point of contact for training activities. To fully develop shooters in all aspects of senior level team shooting, highly accomplished (GB Palma, Commonwealth Games) elite English shooters will assist at training weekends. In addition to target time on the range, these elite shooters will run sessions on position, goal setting, psychology, SCATT, team drills and plotting.
Practice matches will be arranged during the training weekends against clubs and counties, The matches will provide a platform for you to demonstrate your ability, and for you to gain experience performing in a higher pressure environment.
Separate to the practice matches, the English Twenty Club also competes in a series of matches during the year, We compete against the RAF and Home Countries in May and against UK Armed Forces during the main meeting in July. In October every other year we compete in the European Long Range Championships. Details on these and other matches can be found under the competitions section of this site.
At the start of the cycle year, each squad member will be allocated a mentor, allowing for support and advice away from the training squad, including individual competitions.
It is expected that a team will be selected from each squad to undertake a tour, which will offer an intensive development environment. Alongside this, squad members are encouraged to enter the English Twenty Club Spring Meeting and the Scottish Open Meeting at Blair Atholl on the second weekend in June. At this meeting there is an opportunity to shoot for an England team against Scotland in the Lawrence Match. This team is selected by the National captain.
For more information regarding the 2019-2020 season, please download the information pack Lions Brochure 2019.
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