On Tuesday 11th January, we took twelve of our Sixth Form Athletes from our Athlete Development Programme to visit the fantastic sporting facilities at Nottingham University’s David Ross Sport’s Village.
After a warm welcome, we got straight into action with a strength and conditioning session in their bespoke performance centre. Following a quick warm-up, the students were timed sprinting over various distances on the indoor athletics track, using electronic speed gates. Force plates were also used to measure the force produced in their vertical jumps.
This was followed by a cool down, stretch and foam roller session in the on-site injury clinic and rehabilitation centre.
It was explained to the pupils how sports scholars and team members from all sports at Nottingham University are able to access this facility, including a rehabilitation zone, consultancy rooms and plunge & hydrotherapy pools.
Before lunch, we were given a tour of the breathtaking facilities. From the 200-station gym to the biggest indoor sports hall space in Europe, every turn appeared to bring another impressive facility into view. A huge climbing wall, international standard show squash court, 8 lane 25m pool, martial arts studio, fencing/archery space, snooker room and various outdoor pitches, including a 3G rubber crumb Astro.
To round the day off, we were treated to a presentation by Phil Wood, the Scholarship and Recruitment manager and had the chance of a 45min question and answer session with three of the university’s current athletes. Our students were able to gain a real insight into what being a student-athlete at Nottingham involves.
They were also able to learn about the holistic approach taken to lifestyle management. From how students balance their sport, work and social commitments, to the practicalities of travel between and around the various campuses.
There was plenty of food for thought and it was a really interesting and worthwhile experience for our Athlete Development Programme Pupils.