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High Performance Academy

The High Performance programme at The Bay School supports the talents and aspirations of our most talented young sportsmen and women. The focus of the High Performance Academy Day in July was sport-specific with support from external coaches and guests.

Athletics 

GB Masters Champion and guest Nick Groocock coached our most talented athletes, and provided a challenging programme of drills and activities, including hurdling, designed to improve performance. 

Cricket

The cricketers went to Newclose Cricket Ground for a coaching session with IOW CB Alex Barton. They enjoyed the bowling machine and all of the great facilities at Newclose Cricket Ground. 

Climbing 

Miss Walker took a group of students on the climbing wall, not only climbing but learning the relevant leadership skills to set up, belay and support their peers while climbing. 

Football

The footballers went to Yaverland beach for a beach football session with Mr Bricknell, they also had a training session on the astro with Lewis Riley who owns LJR coaching. Mr Bricknell was impressed with all of their skills and their positive attitude towards further improving their football. 

Rowing 

A prompt 8am start at Shanklin-Sandown Rowing club welcomed Olympic Champion and former student Louis Attrill to join our young rowers on their High Performance day. Whilst Mrs Walters led the session on Performance Profiling, Louis shared his thoughts on what it takes to be the best in sport and answered questions on his own experiences.

Louis then led a fantastic rowing ergometer training session, which saw all the athletes trying to stand up on their machines to emphasise the importance of a good connection. They were later able to put this into practice on the water, within their crew boats.

Taking the group through their paces on pre-training warm-up and core circuit, another former student Ethan Walters shared new ideas, activities and tips from the Gloucester Hartpury Rowing Academy programme. Enjoyed by all, this also left a few aching limbs the next day!

Culminating in an extensive water session on the River Medina in a range of boats ,the young athletes coped well in very breezy conditions out on the water, applying the focus from the ergo session to their own sculling technique. Within the sheltered waters of Newport Quay, the athletes performed a range of technical and balance drills with precision and control, impressing all coaches.

A great day for our young rowers!

 

High Performance Academy