Elite athletes put through their paces

Eleven of Brentwood School’s most gifted and talented athletes experienced a taste of life as a professional athlete when they visited the Sports Science Laboratories at The University of East London. 

The group of elite performers, which included three fencers, three cricketers, one multi-event athlete, one footballer, one squash player, a golfer and a water polo player, were put through their paces in the form of a series of sports science tests.

The athletes, members of the School’s Elite Player Pathway, underwent a VO2 Max test, a special test which measures the maximum rate of oxygen consumption; a static jump test to record their power; a spirometer reading, measuring the volume of air inspired and expired by the lungs, and a functional movement screening, to evaluate movement patterns and joint flexibility in athletes. 

PE Teacher, Mr Matthew Keyte, said: “This was a wonderful opportunity to expose our athletes to top level practices and facilities, as well as providing us with valuable data when constructing individual training programmes.

“This was an excellent opportunity for Brentwood School to establish a strong working relationship with the Sports Science Department at The University of East London, and we eagerly await our trip back to the Laboratories prior to the Easter break where we can further track the progress of our elite athletes.”

He thanked Old Brentwood Michael Cole, Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy at the University of East London, for giving the School’s EPP candidates such a fantastic opportunity and treating them to ‘the full professional experience’.

The Elite Player Pathway supports the School’s most gifted and talented athletes and is designed to further prepare them for a possible progression to elite sport, following in the footsteps of many of former Brentwood pupils.

Athletes from the Fifth Year and Sixth Form are identified for their prowess in the sporting arena and their attitude off it.  A particular emphasis is placed on successfully combining their school education alongside experiencing a higher standard of sports development.