Sports Scholars at the Prep School have submitted a series of inventive sports drills as skills training ideas for peers to adopt themselves during lockdown. The drills coincide with the emergence of several social media videos of isolating Australian Open tennis players, who have found creative ways to train tennis strokes while confined to a quarantine hotel room.

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The lockdown currently imposed in the UK has not only closed schools, but also forced team and recreational sports to be paused too. For young people who are aspiring to be sports stars of the future, this can be particularly tough. But the coaching team at the Prep School have been quick to act, asking the sports scholars from the school to find innovative ways of training specific elements of their sport and filming it to be shared with peers as inspiration.

The Sport Scholar ‘lockdown drills’, as they are titled, include cricket practice exercises, hockey agility and mastery activities and even general fitness ideas. And, unlike the Australian Open tennis players, they feature drills filmed in the garden and in outdoor public spaces.

Despite the lockdown, the importance of maintaining regular exercise as part of a healthy and active lifestyle has never been more important, for physical and mental wellbeing.

To facilitate and encourage pupils to remain active, Director of Sport, Mr Nick Gandy, has set pupils at the College and the older years of the Prep School a Distance Challenge on Strava, which began in the first week in January. The competition will run through to Friday 12th February. Strava is a free app that allows those who are exercising to log, share and document their distances, pace, elevation, etc. Three clubs were set up for pupils, which are: Framlingham College running, cycling and walking groups.

Weekly leaders in each age category have been posted every Monday on social media and pupils are able to follow progress on the app. Prizes are up for grabs for those pupils who cover the greatest total distance between January and Friday 12th February. The clubs are growing every day, but as it stands the college has 85 active runners, 56 cyclists and 27 walkers.

Mr Gandy said: “Research has shown that exercise can lower anxiety and stress levels, improve concentration, increase self-esteem and encourage better sleep patterns, as well as playing a key role in the overall physical and mental development of young people. It is vital for your physical and mental health that you remain as active as possible over the coming weeks.”

Keep an eye on the Framlingham College Sport social media pages for regular updates on pupils’ sporting challenges, set by their teachers, during this lockdown period.

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