The eastern region hosted the final Skills School pilot day before the launch of the national programme last weekend. 10 young athletes from across the region attended Hadleigh Country Park for a day focused on cycling skills and open water swimming.
The venue, used for London 2012 Olympic Mountain Biking, enabled the youngsters the opportunity to gain confidence with a range of bike handling skills and a variety of challenges set out by the coaches in attendance.
The swimming session represented some individuals’ first experience of an open water environment; with sessions consisting of practicing turns and a group water-treading challenge, before a chance for athletes to create their own swim, bike and run challenge.
The Eastern Region Skills School Lead Coach, Emma Springham, said, “The day was really fun for all the athletes and coaches alike. The feedback we received from parents was positive and now we are really looking forward to the first official Skills School day in the eastern region, to be held in Basildon on 16 October”.
Matt Divall, England Pathway Manager, commented, “It was fantastic to see the young athletes creating their own challenges and really getting stuck in. At such a great venue, the possibilities were vast and it enabled the coaches to be really creative in setting up a challenging environment for the children to experiment and try new things.
“Thank you to all the independent athletes, along with those from Discovery Tri, East Essex and Infinity Tri for coming along and to Gary Robins (Infinity Tri) for coaching the open water session. Also to Hadleigh Country Park for being so accommodating on the day”.
This Saturday (17 September) sees the south-west region host the first Skills School day at Torbay CycloPark.
Skills School is focused on enhancing the development process of young triathletes by helping athletes and coaches alike to explore fun and creative ways to reach their potential. Further information and links to the online booking for Skills School days across the English regions can be found here or contact your regional Skills School Lead Coach here.