On Tuesday 24th May, Central Foundation’s sports stars of the future met with current professional track superstars. Fifteen of the Cross Country and Athletics team were selected to visit St. Mary’s University in West London. The trip included an opportunity to explore and experience the top-sports-universities’ facilities.
The grand tour included a visit to the sports science labs, a tour of the high-performance gym, access to the Sir Mo Farah Athletics track and an opportunity to train at the centre. The boys met with a sports scientist in the labs, who went over the details of the state-of-the-art altitude and heat chamber, where Andy Murray trained. The pupils also had an opportunity to complete a track session of their own and then had the chance to watch the professional athletes train. Following on from this, the pupils met with many of the coaches and athletes.
The pupils were blessed with seeing good talent on show on the day and even had the chance to meet many of the professional athletes and coaches. The pupils witnessed the likes of Charlie Grice (3mins30s 1500m, top 5 Brit all-time) and international Australian endurance athletes’ training, including Diamon League medal winner Stewart McSweyn of Australia. A Q&A was set up at the end of the day for the pupils.
The final meeting with coaches and athletes was fantastic and our students posed brilliant questions. The Central Foundation team met coach Lloyd Kempson (Nike Coach, Trackstaa, TPR), Adelle Tracey (1mins59s 800m, Team Jamaica), Tom Randolph (1mins44s 800m, Team GB) and Craig Winrow (former GB Olympian and current British Athletics coach). Pupils learnt about pre-race fueling, best athletic moments, weekly training requirements and how to train as a junior. The day will have set the pupils up well for the remainder of the season and has given them a real insight into how to train successfully for years to come.