Sport at St Edmund’s is more than netball, hockey, tennis, squash, running, netball or even cricket. Sports Science is taught as an academic discipline through the OCR Cambridge Nationals, a qualification where pupils study theory behind different types of sport, skills development and sports leadership. This week I visited classes in Middle 5th and Upper 5th to find out more. The Middle 5th are currently working with Mrs Lea to develop a personal training programme. Pupils are incorporating the principles of training into individualised programmes; each containing a variety of fitness components. The levels of enthusiasm in this class are so high that they are volunteering to stay behind after school to further develop their fitness programmes. In the Upper 5th Mr Jones’s class are busy completing exam revision on the causes, symptoms and treatment of chronic and acute injury.
All pupils are thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to link their own experiences of training and sport to the concepts and theory behind it. Upper 5th pupil Lubhanshi Arora says “I enjoy Sports Science because it links with what I learn in Biology about muscles, bones and health”.
From next year Sports Science will extend into 6th form. The PE department are offering the OCR Cambridge Technicals Extended Certificate in Sports and Physical Activity. This is a great opportunity for pupils wishing to pursue a sports career.
Deputy Head Academic