Children from the Redruth area have been given the chance to explore their passion for sport and test their fitness levels on the latest industry equipment.
Redruth School students from the Gifted and Talented programme asked to be given the chance to take part in sport science activities and Cornwall College’s Sport fitness lab was more than happy to oblige.
In the fitness lab the students had the chance to evaluate their body composition including their body mass index, basal metabolic rate for energy consumption as well as a Wingate test, which measures peak power output on a bike. They even got to experience what a VO2 max test involves, which measures aerobic capacity.
Redruth school student, Kenza Clark, 11, said she “really enjoyed the session and how different from normal PE lessons it was.”
“I love netball and testing myself to my max so I want to be a PE teacher when I’m older,” she added.
PE teacher at Redruth School, Jenna Borlaise, said sessions like these are important because “this experience will build on their depth and understanding adding to the teaching that we can do at school”.
“All the students asked to be here to look at sport science and a lot of them are looking at it as something they would like to do in their future careers,” she added.
“This is a really good session, which has got them involved in the process. They have all had a go at measuring their power on the watt bike and have tested their body composition. It helps them to understand the importance of the test and why we would do the test”
Lecture on the BSc (Hons) Sport, Health and Exercise Science, Philip Toy, agreed, adding “this experience is introducing the learners to sport science lab testing so that they can recognise how to measure performance”.
“It’s great to have such enthusiasm from the students and be able to show them equipment that high level athletes are using.” he continued.
For more information on the range of sport courses available across The Cornwall College Group visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0845 22 32 567.