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Elite Sports Academy’s Assessment Day
LMC Host Elite Sports Academy’s Physical Activity Gifted and Talented Assessment Day
Lancaster & Morecambe College recently hosted Elite Sport Development’s physical activity assessment day for gifted and talented Primary School students. The event was attended by local primary schools who brought around sixty children who were put through their paces to assess their sporting abilities. These primary schools included Trumacar, Moorside Lancaster Road, Overton, Skerton St Lukes, Bowerham, Scotforth, St. Bernadettes, Halton and St. Patricks. The students were all engaged in a series of sporting challenges to record and assess their individual performance. The tests included reaction boards, speed gates, speed & quickness, strength, agility and technical activities amongst others.
Students participated in the tests and will now receive a spider diagram of their rated performance levels from Elite Sports Development. The results provide information on students’ ability and also highlight how their potential performance levels could be used to excel in certain sporting disciplines.
Andrew Foster from Elite Sport Development said “these assessments can highlight individual aspects of students that can be matched to relevant sports they previously had no awareness of or the potential to compete in them. It can also encourage schools or local clubs to develop access to these sports and potentially provide future sporting stars in these disciplines”.
The event was organised by Steve Jamieson from Lancashire Schools Sports Network who partners with LMC Sport & Public Services to provide a vast array of sporting activities for local schools which engage LMC students. Steve Jamieson said ”It is a great opportunity for students to access an assessment day that is different and could lead to a pathway to achieve sporting excellence”.
LMC Sport Tutor, Jayne Roper said “We were delighted to the host the event using our excellent sporting facilities at LMC. It also served as a great opportunity for our Sports students to observe how a professional company organises and operates a real life sports related event”.
The students also got to have a nutritional workshop which was delivered by Rafik Tahraouri from No Limits Performance Nutrition. Rafik is a Great Britain Water Polo and Handball player. He delivered a workshop of activities that raised students’ awareness and importance of nutrition for the body and also how different sports require different types of nutritional development.
Rafik said “The students engaged in discussions and asked some excellent questions about nutrition. This provided them with information to enhance their potential sporting ability and to develop their awareness of eating correct foods for general lifestyle and fitness”.
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