Teesside Tornado caps day of learning

YOUNG athletes from Dyke House College bumped into the Teesside Tornado when they visited a top training centre.

 

YOUNG athletes from Dyke House College bumped into the Teesside Tornado when they visited a top training centre.

Tier 2 students on the Elite Development Squad spent the day at Middlesbrough’s state-of-the-art Sports Village, where Team GB’s Tornado Richard Kilty trains.

The European Indoor 60m champion chatted with the visitors from Dyke House as they took time out from a hectic schedule, designed to get them engaged in physical activity and to develop athletic ability.

Shane Hassall, the programme’s Strength and Conditioning officer, said: “We hold training days three times a year.  Last year’s day was with former Team GB boxer Amanda Coulson, who offered advice, and this trip to Middlesbrough really improved their knowledge of how to be a better athlete and what that means.”

The day was split into three sessions. The first was the development of spring mechanics and taught the students how to sprint. 

The second session was athletic development. They learned how to change direction, move their bodies and how it should look. They looked at specific movement patterns for their sport.

And the final session focused on the ‘24 hour athlete’, looking at the things that make a more rounded athlete: how they sleep, what they do before they go to sleep and what they eat.  There was also a discussion on the key things to do before exercise and the overuse of smartphones.

Then students filled out a worksheet and reflected on the coaching points.

BY DYKE HOUSE REPORTER
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