A long sporting career is built upon an athletic base developed throughout childhood and adolescence. As the cornerstone of performance, all athletic development sessions aim to help our pupils build a broad physical foundation to help unlock performance potential. Our pupils are expertly guided through a structured pathway of movements within games and physical education by our head of strength and conditioning (S&C) coach, Samuel Coe.
During the games programme pupils are taught how to perform basic and sport-specific movements efficiently, whilst also enhancing cardiovascular fitness for their sport. Those pupils illustrating significant prowess within the sporting environment will additionally receive strength and conditioning support through the junior & senior academy systems (see Sports Academy) In addition, sport scholars receive further support through dedicated scholar S&C sessions. The wider curriculum provides an alternative opportunity for S&C through both the junior athletic development (Years 9 and 10) and senior development (Y11-13) clubs.
All pupils have access to support from the strength and conditioning coach through activities, the games programme and have opportunity to approach staff for help and guidance.
During the 2017/18 academic year the Leys Leisure sports centre was updated to incorporate an impressive strength and conditioning facility, alongside a conditioning suite (Singapore Suite). Pupils are inducted to the conditioning suite during year 9, and from year 11 pupils are inducted into the strength and conditioning facility.
Pupils also have the chance to utilise drop-in injury clinics with Fit Again Sports Therapy (F.A.S.T.) on Tuesday and Friday evenings after school whose expert therapists help those pupils who find themselves on the injury list.
Head of Strength and Conditioning
Mr Samuel Coe