09 Mar

Commonwealth sprint star puts students through their paces


Commonwealth Gold and Silver 100 m sprint and relay medalist, Katherine Endacott, put sports students who have signed up for the new Plymouth Studio School through their paces at the school’s open morning on Saturday 28th February.

The former Herald Sports Personality of the Year winner and Plymouth Athletics Club coach is getting behind the new specialist sport and leisure school, which opens in September on the University of St Mark & St John campus with 100 places for Year 10 and Year 12 students.

Katherine, who was awarded an honorary degree by the University of St Mark & St John and is now training for the Olympic bobsleigh team explains, “This is a fantastic opportunity for young athletes to get the support and training they need early on in their careers – without sacrificing the rest of their school curriculum.

“Trying to juggle my school life, a full time job at the age of 16  and my training meant that I didn’t really get a chance to start fulfilling my potential until I was about 23, which is when I finally got to University.

“The new Plymouth Studio School Elite sports pathway means talented young athletes from as young as 14  (Year 10) have the opportunity to train and get the qualifications they need to pursue a variety of careers in sport, whilst also getting practical experience of working in the industry.

“They will also have access to the world-class sports facilities at the University of St Mark & St John.  I wish there had been something like this around when I was that age.”

The new state funded Plymouth Studio School is one of just 46 small studio schools in the country.  The school will provide 14 – 19 year olds with a unique approach to learning based on a mix of academic and professional qualifications and on-going work placements with local employers.

Focusing on sport, leisure and tourism and hospitality event management, the school is designed to give students the full range of skills they need for future careers in the  expanding sport, leisure and life-style sectors within the local economy.

Principal of Plymouth Studio School, Matt Lennon adds, “It’s fantastic to have Katherine on-board.  I am sure our young athletes will learn a lot from her in terms of the motivation and commitment they need to succeed.  They will also get an  in-sight into what it takes to be an excellent coach.”

The training session included conditioning, stretching, speed and power work, including ‘explosive clyametrics’.

To apply for Plymouth Studio School click here or to meet with Principal, Matt Lennon click here 





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