15 students from East Norfolk Sixth Form College travel to St George's Park, headquarters for the FA, to work with elite Sport Scientists for two days.

The students, the majority of whom study the BTEC Sport and Exercise Science course were put through their paces and tested like an elite athlete. They were very fortunate to be given the opportunity to use some of the most cutting edge sport science equipment available, something they all enjoyed.

Course tutor Chris Duffy said "Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, even if it was harder than they thought it might be. To be given the opportunity to work with elite level Sport Scientists, use hypoxic chambers and underwater treadmills is something I'm sure they won't forget. We have already started planning next year's visit with places likely to be in high demand due to the expansion of our Sport Science course. Sport Science is continuing to develop and at EN we are keen to be leaders in this field".

Aoife Linehan, a Sport Science student said " When I set off for St George's Park I had a very little idea of what was in store for me over the next couple of days, other than a lot of fitness tests! St George's park really opened my eyes and deepened the depth of my knowledge about sports science. The Sports Scientists were very helpful and friendly at all times. They treated us and put us through our paces like we were elite athletes.”

“The hydrotherapy was definitely my favourite part as it was a new way to cool down after a long day of testing, getting the chance to use the underwater treadmill was amazing. I won't be rushing to get back into that nine-degree pool anytime soon though. The hypoxic chamber although by far one of the toughest things I have done and really gave me an insight into what conditions athletes have to work in. The facilities are incredible, I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who has an interest in sports science and am very thankful to the EN staff for taking us".

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