KEAP performers visit MIHPC

Our Year 9 cohort of pupils on the King’s Elite Athlete Pathway (KEAP) enjoyed an annual trip to the  Manchester Institute for Health and Performance Centre on 6 December. The main aim of the visit was to put together a fitness profile for each of our pupils in a range of different fitness areas. The tests were administered by the MIHP experienced staff, utilising their outstanding facilities. This profile will help to inform their fitness training programme when back in School and/or when training outside of school.

The day started with a tour of the world class facilities that our performers would later be utilising. MIHP facilities shown to us included an environmental chamber used for altitude training, a fully equipped conditioning suite, a cryotherapy chamber (-40 degree cold therapy treatment), their hydrotherapy pools and an indoor 4G half-pitch equipped with thousands of pounds of analysis and biomechanics equipment (including infrared cameras and timing gates). We were also shown the entrance to the top secret GB Cycling “wind tunnel” facility. 

Morning tests focused on sprint and agility running skills, using timing gates and muscular power activities, using platform sensors! The third and final fitness hurdle our pupils undertook was a gruelling Yo-Yo test (similar to the bleep test), won by Ritz Brown and Lottie Baxter. The day didn’t finish there, after a quick lunch break pupils were 'treated' to some hydrotherapy treatment to aid their rehab from the day. This included a 3 min freezing ice bath, followed by a 3 min heated pool plunge (I think you can guess which was the more popular pool)!

From the day, the team at MIHP completed a fitness profile for each individual, and it is hoped that this will help continue to motivate our performers to aspire to reach the highest level possible. Additionally, many of the athletes commented on the wide variety of careers they had seen in action over the day, and this fuelled their interest in future roles in the elite sports industry.

The group represented the School excellently and the staff at the centre were really impressed with some of our fitness scores!