Top Sports coaching at leading University

Top Sports coaching at leading University

An opportunity to receive specialist sports coaching at a top University was on offer for a number of gifted and talented students at the Wey Valley School.

Year 9 and 10 students spent a day at Bath University receiving badminton, netball, football and swimming coaching followed by individual and team coaching at the indoor training arena. This is the eighth year the school has taken students to Bath with over 500 students to date visiting the University.

Stuart Heath, PE Teacher and Gifted and Talented lead from Wey Valley said ‘the students had a great day of quality coaching and gained a valuable insight into some fantastic sporting facilities and a taste of university life. The focus for this visit was specialist coaching with their chosen sport in the morning to complement their gifted and talented sessions in school.  In some of the best facilities the country can offer, our students then focused on 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 ‘it was another great day for the students. They really enjoyed the day at the University Campus with a tour of the main sports hub, a series of coaching sessions that inspire students in their field of sport with the aim to go further at school, club and regional level. All the students showed great commitment to learn new techniques and apply them individually and as a team. We look forward to welcoming future Wey Valley students to the University.’

Mr Heath added ‘we continue to see a number of our students turning into exceptional athletes, a number of which are recognised through our Sports Scholarship Programme – which also complements their academic skills in the classroom. A number of Wey Valley students have gone onto Bath University to pursue their studies and we met former Wey Valley students as part of a University trip earlier this year.’

Alex Afanasiew, a Year 9 student said, ‘the football coaching in the morning was really good with a top quality coach’.  Josh Cardiff, also in Year 9 who also took part in the morning football sessions added, ‘the afternoon fitness and agility sessions were quite intense, including timed sprints and a range of individual and team work sessions’. 

Sophie Suter in Year 10 added, ‘I received badminton coaching in the morning and the afternoon fitness sessions on the indoor athletics track were great fun and the coaches were really helpful too.  This was my third visit to Bath University and I would thoroughly recommend it to other students who have a passion for sport’.

Mr Heath confirmed further school trips for other year groups to Bath University this winter and spring.