University experience for Year 7 students

University experience for Year 7 students

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

Year 7 students spent the day at Bath University receiving football and swimming coaching followed by individual and team coaching at the indoor training arena. This is the seventh year the school has taken students to Bath with over 400 students to date visiting the University.

Stuart Heath, PE Teacher 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 football and swimming but our students, during previous visits have received coaching with other sports including netball, badminton, athletics 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 ‘it was another great day for the students. They really enjoyed the day at the University Campus with a series of excellent sports sessions that inspire students in their field of sport with the aim to go further at school, club and regional level. The students at Wey Valley 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 and this is complementing 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 a trip earlier this year. These visits to Bath only inspire our students to reach the very top’.

Cohen Emery, in Year 7 said, ‘the football coaching was really good but I enjoyed the final run around their 400 metre athletics track as part of our Gifted & Talented fitness programme’.  Hollie Rhodes added, ‘the run was great and the swimming coaching session at the indoor pool was excellent. The visit to Bath will help me with my Gifted & Talented studies’.  Sam Farmer also said, ‘the coaches were great, really supportive and we all had a great day at Bath University.’