Year 10 Sport Science trip
On Tuesday 15th March 2022, Mr Taylor, Mrs Bown, Mr Lane and Mr Fineman took 44 Year 10 Sport Science students to the University of Bath (Department of Sport Development and Recreation) where the students experienced a Sports Performer day. The students experienced a full day consisting of a tour of the top-level facilities, team building activities, fitness testing and time in the laboratory to perform their very own sports science experiment! When in the lab, we had 6 volunteers in Kyle, Tom, Patrick, Callie, Kayden and Zipporah who all performed fitness tests including the treadmill test which involved running at increasing speed and then incline until fatigued. During this test, the students heart rate and blood lactate levels were measured through the HR monitors and face masks that they ran in. The second lab test was the Wingate test which is a 15 second maximal effort on an exercise bike. This is to measure maximal power. The timing of the trip was perfect as they are about to start a piece of coursework which involves testing fitness and writing individual programmes to improve performance. During the field events, all the students performed a 30 metre speed and acceleration test, a hand grip test, jump test, sit and reach test and the standing long jump. The student’s enjoyed the opportunity to push themselves and one or two became very competitive! During the day we were very well looked after by the university staff, many of which were students themselves. Several of our HCC students mentioned how inspiring the facilities at Bath University were and how, for some, this confirmed that they wish to attend university in the future. All staff were incredibly proud of our students who conducted themselves impeccably all day and really made the most of the opportunity, well done all.