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A year ago we reported on the success of the inaugural athletics camp in Portugal, with many pupils keen to sign up again and return. The eagerness of these young athletes was so contagious that, this Easter holiday, they were joined by the tennis players as they headed off, once again, to the sunnier climate of Albufeira in the Algarve.
A total of 22 pupils took part in the five-day camp. Everything from nutrition to recovery was catered for, in order to allow attendees to live like top sportspeople. Indeed, the resort’s superb facilities allowed it to draw in not just young athletes just from school level, but world-class performers, giving the pupils the chance to rub shoulders with Olympic champions. The weather for the camp was perfect – sunny enough to allow several sessions a day, but not too hot to sap energy from the budding sports stars from St John’s.
While the athletes were on the track, working on sprinting, middle-distance racing and hurdling, the tennis players were developing their all-round game, focusing on areas such as serving and volleying in particular. Yet the intensity of the training was never too much for either group. The combining of the two sports also worked well, allowing some cross-training to take place, whether in the gym, recovery pool or with general fitness. Philippa Platt, Head of Tennis, explained: “The camp really enabled the pupils to focus on training and get ready for what should be a great season ahead. The enthusiasm of the pupils was amazing to see and bodes well for the coming weeks.”
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