Not the Usual Term of Summer Sports
For our young athletes, the Summer Term is when many would be taking part in competitions both locally and on the national stage. Sadly however, the current lock down has meant that instead of preparing for specific sporting competitions, they have been restricted to the confines of their own homes.
Faced with this situation, with the help of modern technology, our sports staff have set up a series of programmes to ensure pupils remain fit and active, and that they are ready to resume sport once things return to normal.
Phil Lewis, our Director of Sport, explained more fully what has been going on.
“During the holiday lock down period we have been offering pupils some online web workouts and we have sent them links to follow a variety of our staff doing circuit training as well as some ball skills, yoga and pilates during the week.
“We have developed a really successful Strava Club, which involves a large number of pupils using the Strava technology, and we have also set up a club where we can monitor what activity levels everyone does so they can compete against one another and move up the leader board with the more activity they undertake. This is all of course within the HM Government exercise guidelines.
Phil added: “This is not only giving our pupils an incentive to get outside and keep active, but it is also providing them a competitive element to their activities – with no sport taking place right now, this is hugely important for those who take part in competitive sports and activities. We have set weekly challenges that everyone has taken on board and it has been great fun, especially with some of our staff getting very competitive!
“On top of that we have also a Super Skills Sunday competition where pupils have submitted videos that we post on our Twitter and Instagram pages and the more likes they receive, the better the chance they have of winning that week’s challenge. These are all fun challenges, but they demand a bit of effort to undertake as well.”
In addition to the physical activity side of things, Phil has posted videos of himself cooking various home-cooked healthy dishes that the pupils can access through an email link.
“I am a long way from being the next Jamie Oliver, but it has been good fun hosting live cooking sessions with our pupils! They have cooked a number of dishes to not only improve their knowledge of good home-cooked food, but to provide them with a chance to cook for their parents".
Looking ahead he said: “King’s is also in the process of setting up some virtual sports masterclasses featuring some of our high profile stars in the sporting world. We hope to include former pupils such as Tom Banton, Eddie Byrom, Nathan Gilchrist and possibly even Maddie Hinch and Jos Buttler, which should all be pretty exciting. We have also got some web-based seminars lined up to continue the excellent seminars we ran for our high performance programme before the lock down. Joel Tratt (Somerset CCC Head of Strength and Conditioning) ran an excellent session on performance nutrition just prior to the end of term.”
He added: “It is really exciting to see what we can come up with over the coming weeks and will unlock a new era of how we can learn and teach. However, what we are all going to miss is the enjoyment of interacting in the school environment and as such, hopefully it won’t be too long until we are all back together."
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