Gifted & Talented students visit Bath University

Gifted & Talented students visit Bath University

Students from the Wey Valley School have attended a number of Gifted & Talented sessions at Bath University. This is the sixth year the school has taken students to Bath with over 300 students to date visiting the University to receive specialist group and individual coaching.

Stuart Heath, PE Teacher from Wey Valley said ‘students gain a valuable insight into some fantastic sporting facilities and a taste of ‘university life.  Our students received coaching in many sports including football, netball, badminton, athletics, swimming and tennis in some of the best facilities the country can offer. The afternoon sessions focused on student fitness at the University’s inside athletics track with tests on speed, agility, balance and concentration; key attributes to a good sportsman/women and a keen learner in the classroom.

Jess Clements, Sports Development Officer at Bath University said ‘ we welcome Wey Valley back to the University for a series of excellent sports sessions that will inspire students in their field of sport with the aim to go further at school, club and regional level’. ‘The students at Wey Valley have shown great commitment to learn new techniques and apply them individually and as a team’.

Mr Heath added ‘we are seeing a number of our students turning into exceptional athletes and this is complementing their academic skills in the classroom. The school’s Sports Scholarship Scheme has recognised many students with their dedication to go further in their sport, whether it be football, golf, taekwondo, cycling to name a few. These visits to Bath only inspire our students to reach the very top’.

Emily from Year 9 said ‘it was a great day, the netball coach from Team Bath was fantastic, with new skills and techniques that I can bring back to school and the netball club I play for. The afternoon session on group work, skills and endurance in the Athletic arena was superb. The facilities at Bath are outstanding and the visit will certainly benefit my PE studies at school’.

There are two further visits to Bath University for Years 7 and 8, later this term and in the New Year.