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15th March 2016

BTEC Sport students enjoyed an insightful trip on Friday which allowed students with a desire to become elite coaches and physios to gain a unique insight into the job. 

Students in rugby meeting

Students in rugby meeting

A group of lucky students and staff attended the training camp for the England Under 18 Rugby Team in Filton; the trip aimed to help students get a practical understanding of their sports coaching unit. The St Brendan’s group were introduced to the players, who are all still attending sixth form and therefore completing A-levels and BTECs in various subjects; as well as preparing for their upcoming Six Nations Match against Wales! One of the conditions of attending the camp is that students must be up to date with all of their school work, otherwise they are not allowed to play. The players spoke to the St Brendan’s students about sport in general, playing rugby for England, as well as their plan for life beyond rugby.

The group then had various meetings with coaches, analysts, physios and doctors before watching the team train for an hour and a half. This gave the students a valuable insight into professional coaching and how elite athletes train. Throughout the session, coaches explained their methods and reasoning behind what the players were doing – a very helpful insight into life as a rugby coach. 

If anyone is interested in joining the Sport & Leisure Career Academy for 2016, contact Paul Ryan in the PE department!