PSS students with ben proud


Olympic swimmer, Ben  Proud, gave his official seal of approval to the new Plymouth Studio School building on-site at Marjon today  (19th Jan) when he visited to meet with the school’s High Performance Sports students and unveil the school’s sporting values.

The new school, which opened on-site at Marjon in 2015 and moved into its new building in November 2016,  is for 14-19 year olds who want to combine high performance sporting performance with academic focus or to get a head-start on their career in sport.

Members of the local sporting community, Johnny Mercer, MP and partners who helped to deliver the new academy school building were also on-hand to meet the swimmer and find out more about how the school is helping to develop the City’s future sporting talent and sporting industry professionals.

Young Olympic hopefuls already attending the school include young diving stars Matt Dixon and Cody Powell-Tucket, Kay Bryson, the top-ranked Women’s Modern Pentathlete (under 19s), Lizzie Cole, who plays for GB Women’s Rugby squad (under 18s), GB Underwater Hockey Player (under 21s), Chloe Stoneman, and Taekwondo world champions Tate Budge and Rhys Roffey, who has recently been selected to take part in the GB Taekwondo Talent programme.

Other students taking part in the school’s High Performance Sports Programme who got a chance to meet Ben included Plymouth Leander swimmers and those competing at national and regional level in netball, basketball, gymnastics, rowing, athletics, football and surfing

Jon Rhodes, Elite Sports Psychologist and Head of Sports Performance for Plymouth Studio School comments, “It’s fantastic for our students to get a chance to meet with Ben and to see the results that hard work and focus on training can bring.

“As an Olympian, we also wanted him to pass on the sporting  values of Integrity, Courage, Teamwork, Resilience and Respect to our students which are essential both to their sporting and personal development.

“The need for early development and focus on the individual athlete is key when it  comes to developing sporting champions of the future and giving them an opportunity to do this within their school timetable is exactly what we aim to do here.”

The High Performance Sports Programme combines the  school’s state of the art sports equipment and facilities with those on-site at Marjon,  together with expert coaching and sports psychology to help each student maximise  their individual sporting talent as part of their school timetable.

Students interested in developing careers in sports teaching, sports development and coaching, sports therapy and sports science can also combine their GCSEs, A levels and the BTEC Extended Diploma in sport with additional coaching qualifications, mentoring and a chance to put their skills into practise as part of the school’s Coaching and Development Programme.

Ben Proud comments, “The school provides a great environment to start nurturing the next generation of sporting champions and professionals from as early as Year 10  and an opportunity to  progress on to Marjon to continue developing their sports performance and careers.”

Students interested in joining the school in Year 10 or 12 should visit to book their tour and meeting or sign up for the next open day which is on 30th March .