High Performance Academy

High Performance Academy Talent Development Camp

The High Performance programme at The Bay CE School supports the talents and aspirations of our most talented young sportsmen and women. During 2018-19 the programme covered the following aspects of performance:

  • Performance profiling
  • Training for Sport: Importance of cross training for young athletes – Practical workshops at TJs Exercise Studio
  • Training for Sport: Agility and strength training technique
  • Training for Sport: Winning mind set and training programme design
  • Anthropometry and sports injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Nutrition for sport with guest Nutritionist Jo Derry

The two day Talent Development Camp in July was the culmination of this year’s programme. The focus of the camp was sport-specific with support from external coaches and guests.

Each morning, bright and early, the young athletes arrived for a brisk warm up run around the track followed by Suzy from TJs Exercise studio leading Body Balance, Core and Flexibility sessions. A quick healthy breakfast was followed by Performance profiling updates from Team leaders and a well –received follow up Anthropometry workshop on Girth measurements by Dr King.


On day one the footballers visited TJ’s gym where they were put through their paces in an intense spin fit session with fitness instructor Steve Marsh. They also did some football related weight training using the specialist equipment. In the afternoon they took part in Mr Bricknell’s HPA football skills challenges; the challenge winners were Ollie Frost, Callum Chambers and Freya Henry.

For day two the footballers went to Westwood Park, home of Cowes Sports Football Club; the number one club on the Isle of Wight who play in the Wessex Premier Division. Mr Bricknell is Captain of the first team; he showed the group around the stadium and gave them an insight into how a semi-professional club is run, including a typical training session. In the afternoon, the group went to the beach to do a session on acrobatic volleys and finished the day with some fun games.



GB Masters Champion and guest Nick Groocock, was resident coach for the two days, with eight of our most talented athletes, and provided a challenging programme of drills and activities designed to improve performance. The group finished Day 1 at TJs exercise studio, undertaking a resistance session for athletes.

On day two, our very own Mrs Adams (Careers) coached some of the group in Discus, and provided some top tips as a former Irish National Champion.  Top athlete, hurdler James Forman returned for the second year running to work alongside Nick, teaching the youngsters how to hurdle and taking the group through their paces using some innovative speed drills.

James contacted Mrs Walters afterwards to congratulate the group on their fantastic attitude and also thanked the school for allowing him to train on the track during the school day. Fresh from winning gold at the Island Games, he expressed how much he appreciated the school’s support in helping him to win this prestigious title.



The rowing programme was based on a calm, idyllic section of the River Medina. Perfect conditions for specific drills, put to the test alongside side by side racing, made for some excellent progress, technical finesse and effective race strategy.

Inspired by Olympic Gold medallist Louis Attrill, who took time out of his busy schedule to coach the older students in the group, the rowers spent four hours each day on waterwork. Louis shared some resistance training ideas, new drills and thoughts on race strategy, and stopped for a chat with the younger rowers afterwards.



Applications for the 2019-20 High performance Academy will open again in September. 

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