SRC Bede embarks on new partnership with Acklam Grange School

Posted: 15-03-2019 - 99 view(s)


SRC Bede Sixth Form and Acklam Grange School have launched a new partnership this week.

The new venture, a bespoke sports development and support programme, will see 33 talented young athletes from years 8, 9 and 10 at Acklam Grange take part in workshops at SRC Bede Sixth Form.

The workshops, delivered by the knowledgeable sports staff at SRC Bede, will be predominantly practical, including things like fitness testing, movement analysis, training methods, injury prevention and rehabilitation, nutrition, and lifestyle management.

The students will attend five workshops in total, and they will be monitored along the way to see how they progress.

For their first visit, the students took part in fitness testing focussing on strength, power, speed, agility and endurance. The session included tasks like the handgrip and back strength dynamometers, the vertical jump test, the medicine ball throw, the Yo-Yo test, and some strength and conditioning training from James Dillon.

James helps a student trying out the back strength dynamometer

James works as a Personal Trainer at David Lloyd Teesside and is SRC Bede’s Strength and Conditioning Coach for our sports teams, as well as playing semi-professional football for Middlesbrough Rangers FC.


The Sports department is keen for our students to get as much work-based experience as possible throughout their time here, and this was another great opportunity for them to get involved and get some hands-on experience as sports leaders. Amongst them was Jack, a former student of Acklam Grange himself.

Jack said: “It was a bit strange at first as I’m used to being a participant and I was taught by Justin when I was at Acklam Grange – once we got going I felt like I’d learned a lot on my course and knew what I was doing. It was great to interact with the students and hear all their plans for the future.”

Jack helping a student with the handgrip dynamometer with his former teacher, Justin

Phil Cummins, head of Sport at SRC Bede said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Acklam Grange to support their sports academy programme. The current vision of the college matches perfectly with that of Acklam Grange in nurturing young talented athletes whilst in full-time education. The first session was great with 30 pupils completing nine different fitness tests. The work now starts on improving their athleticism by developing each of them physically and physiologically through a series of specialist sessions and tailored training programmes.”

Justin Theakston, the Sport Academy Lead at Acklam Grange, said: “It was our first visit to SRC Bede with our Sports Academy Students and it was a massive success. The students were a credit to the programme and the tuition from the staff from Bede was impressive. The team were subjected to a variety of fitness testing procedures to determine current fitness levels. From this, the sports staff at Bede will construct an individual bespoke programme to develop those fitness components that will ultimately impact positively on their performances in their respected sports. Once again, a big thank you to all staff involved at SRC Bede, this is a venture that I truly believe will go from strength to strength and give these students the best opportunity of succeeding in the future.”


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