Young star athletes from Huddersfield Grammar School, Honley High School and North Huddersfield Trust school visited Huddersfield New College to take part in a special Junior Athletics Conference with the Pennine Sports Partnership.

The annual event welcomed young athletes who are at the top of their game for a range of inspirational talks, workshops and a chance to experience the College’s state-of-the-art Sports Lab which is used by students at the College to explore the Science behind elite athlete performance.

Over 30 students currently in Year 7 to Year 10 spent the day at College, enjoying interactive workshops on topics such as sports nutrition and fitness testing, a number of which were led and supported by current Sports students at the College. The guests currently play competitively across a range of sports including golf, trampolining, netball, football and swimming and they also had the chance to meet students on the College’s Talented Athlete Support Scheme (TASS). This unique programme supports students to manage the demands of competiting in their chosen sport with their studies through a range of support.

Jo Caton, who organised the event and is a Teacher of Sport says: “It was a real pleasure to welcome so many young people who are passionate about their individual sport. The day was a great opportunity for them to experience something different, and many of them really enjoyed developing an understanding of the science behind elite athlete performance in our Sports Lab. Our current students led many of the workshops, giving the students a real insight into how they might combine their passion for sport with their academic studies in the future.”