Princethorpe Pupils Follow In The Footsteps Of Olympians and Pro-Athletes

On a cold January morning, a band of 19-strong Princethorpe pupils – members of the Elite Sports Programme – headed north to Loughborough University.

Ranked as one of the UK’s top universities for its teaching, facilities and student satisfaction, Loughborough is also renowned worldwide for its sporting prowess. Home and Alma Mater to some of the country’s greatest athletes and Olympians, our Elite Sports Programme pupils had the opportunity to see first-hand the technology and training available to Loughborough students (and their sporting heroes!).

Heading up the drive of the incredible 440-acre campus – one of the largest in Europe – already there were sports men and women dotted across the grounds with plenty of runners to be seen. Our Elite Sports pupils’ visit kicked off with an introduction to the variety of sports on offer and the levels at which budding-athletes could compete.

L6 student Izzy Powell commented, “The introduction set us up perfectly for the campus tour. We got to visit the gym and see where athletes such as Mo Farah do their own fitness testing in labs which are specifically adapted with different heat and altitude conditions. Moving on to the gymnastics centre, we were let loose on the spring bound floor which was great fun! A little reluctantly, we left here and headed out to the Swimming Centre, taking in the Rugby and Hockey pitches and finished our tour at the Netball Centre. Here we caught the England Netball Team finishing a training session so that was a good end to our morning.”

After lunch, the group was split into two, one undergoing a simple (yet at points painful!) fitness testing and the other experiencing a taster of what a degree such as Sports Psychology might entail. Both groups had the opportunity to learn and experience what GB athletes, and students alike, can do at Loughborough.

Izzy concluded, “Although many of our group didn’t have university choices at the forefront of their minds, the day in itself was a great experience!”