On Monday 28th January fifteen BTEC Sport students from Cronton Sixth Form College visited SportCity in Manchester as part of the Sports Development module they are currently studying.
SportCity was developed for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and provides venues and training facilities for some of the country’s top athletes. This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to visit the site and witness some of these athletes in training.
Scott Davies, Sports Tutor at Cronton Sixth Form College said, “The students had an extraordinary day, experiencing some of the facilities which provided the training venue for some of the gold medal athletes in the London Olympic Games.
“They were delighted to be able to watch Laura Trott, Jason Kenny, Phillip Hindes, Ed Clancy, Dani King training on their £20,000 bikes at the National Cycle Centre and enjoyed posing for photographs in the dugout at the Etihad Stadium. They have learned so much about the commitment, hard work and technical planning which involved in training at the top level and have been inspired by the whole day.”
The students were taken on a tour of Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, including a trip along the route the football players take on arrival to the ground and an opportunity to visit the home and away teams changing rooms. They also had a trip around the training and academy facilities at the ground before moving onto the home of British cycling across the road at the National Cycling Centre, were the group watched a video of the facilities available there and how they are used to improve the performance of elite cyclists.
They then went to the indoor BMX Arena, a £24 million training facility where some of Team GB, Shanaze Reade and Liam Philips were in training for their next event.