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Young athletes get on the right track at top sporting venue

Published on 11/01/18

Aspiring athletes from Norwich had the chance to train like Olympians in a trip to one of the country’s top sporting venues.

The city students visited the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, used by top sports stars including Olympic athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and boxer Anthony Joshua, on Tuesday, January 9.

Highlights of the day, organised by the Hewett Academy, included a training session with top-level coaches in the Team GB boxing gym, track and field contests in the indoor athletics arena, spectating in the wheelchair basketball arena, and a tour of the centre’s state-of-the-art sports science facilities.

The trip was arranged as a taster for the Hewett’s two-year BTEC Sport course, which starts in September as part of the academy’s new BTEC Plus programme, giving sixth formers the chance to concentrate on one specialist subject for a qualification that’s equivalent to three A Levels.

One student called the trip “the best experience ever, because I had the chance to see where the legends of sport were made.

“The wheelchair basketball players were really inspiring in their dedication to their sport.”

Hewett Academy head of house Daniel Reynolds added: “The students had a great time and they learned lots throughout the day. 

“We will be running trips like this on a regular basis as part of the BTEC Sport course and we look forward to more fantastic sporting experiences.”