Students from primary schools in the Newquay area were invited to Treviglas to take part in an inspirational day recently, looking at eight areas of development for gifted and talented sportspeople. Speed, agility, strength, muscular endurance, balance, flexibility, power and aerobic tests were run, all of which are fundamental and critical when developing sportspeople.
The students were led by Treviglas Sports leaders, many of whom are on the mid Cornwall Junior Athlete program themselves and could talk to the primary students about their experiences.
The idea behind the day is to invite the highlighted gifted and talented sportspeople from the local primary schools to a day of learning how to develop their personal fitness components through an understanding of fitness testing. Working with these higher level students were specialist teachers and coaches in their field from the Physical Education department and Sports Hub at Treviglas. The school groups were mixed up to help with socialisation of the students with other likewise highly motivated students.
Sean Wells, Community Sports Coordinator from Treviglas, said, “We were delighted to host this event, and to see the talent that is coming up through the primary schools. We run an extensive training programme here at Treviglas, so we were pleased to offer a sample to these students.”
Lakisha, a Year 10 leader and JAE sportswoman, commented, ‘With the JAE programme we have the opportunity to meet high level sportspeople from lot of different sports. Last year we went up to Bath University and visited their centre of excellence for sport; it was fantastic to see the opportunities available to us.’