Athletes put to the test as part of innovative scheme

Talented athletes at the High School of Dundee have been testing their endurance levels as part of a scheme which aims to take them all the way to the top.

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Pupils in the School’s High Performance Sport Programme (HPSP) were recently visited by a team of coaches from Project MVP who put the youngsters through their paces in a series of fitness tests with the goal of optimising their physical conditioning.

The School’s Head of Elite Sport, Phil Godman, said, “The pupils took part in a range of different assessments, covering strength, speed and fitness. It was great for them to have exposure to this high-tech fitness testing and then on the back of this be able to compare their results with athletes in schools across the UK.

“Most importantly, the pupils all received invaluable feedback on what areas they should be focused on moving forward.” 

Fully integrated into pupil timetables, the HPSP is an innovative scheme which gives pupils who are performing at a high standard expert guidance and support to help them go as far as they possibly can in their chosen sport, while maintaining the right school/life/sport balance.

As well as fitness testing, the Programme gives pupils access to a range of features aimed at improving sporting performance, including strength and conditioning, specialist training sessions, physiotherapy and rehabilitation, one-to-one mentoring and sports Psychology sessions.

A partnership with Abertay University also means participants can take advantage of the University’s first-class facilities and state of the art gym and fitness testing equipment.

The Programme caters for high performing athletes in any sport and pupils in the HPSP this year have represented Scotland or GB in hockey, rugby, sailing, athletics and touch rugby.

Phil Godman, who leads the High Performance Sport Programme, is delighted by the progress that the pupils in the scheme have made and is keen to hear from other talented young HSD sportsmen and women who would like to apply for a place.

He said, “It has been fantastic to see the pupils progress over the course of this year. The programme is not only giving the athletes a strong platform to achieve success in their sport but also allowing them to gain the right balance in their busy young lives.”

Find out more about the High Performance Sport Programme.