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Seminars provide insight to scholars

ELITE Performer Programme scholars and their parents enjoyed an insightful evening at Thorp Academy.

ELITE Performer Programme scholars and their parents enjoyed an insightful evening at Thorp Academy.

Guest speakers from different sporting backgrounds and expertise delivered sports performance seminars.

They were to highlight what it takes to maximise sporting potential for the modern day performer.

Former Sunderland and Middlesbrough footballer Julio Arca, strength and conditioning coach Shane Hassall, Jack Dent an S&C coach with Team GB gymnastics and Team Northumbria and Teesside University’s senior lecturer in psychology Laura Fleming all spoke.

Julio discussed the life of an athlete, having spent more than ten years at the highest level of English football.

During the South American’s talk-in he covered the importance of recovery, rest, diet, his coaching principles and finally the ultimate sacrifices and obstacles he had faced to follow his passion.

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Shane’s session looked at the importance of getting an athlete’s diet right and eating correctly to maximise sporting potential.

Jack’s chat was about the importance of strength and conditioning in sports. He focused on how it should be tailored towards an individual’s needs, injury prevention and how to maximise physical capacity for the sport they compete in.

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Laura explained how anxiety plays a part in sporting performance. Her session focused on the psychological aspects related to sport. The scholars learned about what anxiety is, how it can affect performance and what can be done to control it.

Danny Evans, the coordinator of the Elite Performer Programme, said: “It was a really enjoyable evening and thanks to everyone who attended. We hope they picked up some pointers to help in their sporting development.”

There are scholarships available at Thorp Academy. For further details on how to apply contact [email protected].

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