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Bristol's young sporting stars get the professional treatment

Press release issued: 10 April 2002

Media release
Bristol's young sporting stars get the professional treatment

You are invited to send a reporter/photographer/camera crew to the Bristol University sports ground at Coombe Dingle at 1.00pm on Tuesday 9 April. Young, gifted sports people from Bristol schools are taking part in a series of sports activities over the Easter holidays. On the 9, pupils will be coached by Bristol Shogun players and professional fencing coaches. Please contact either Debbie Sainsbury, Jo Gallagher or Paul Hull on arrival.

Some of Bristol's young gifted sports people are honing their skills in their favourite sports as well as trying some new activities over the Easter holidays.

The talented youngsters have been invited to join a 7-day programme of sports activities that gives them the chance to develop their skills in traditional sports and also try sports new to them. They have shown all-round sports ability at school and the programme has been designed to help them decide which sport is for them. As well as traditional sports like football and rugby, they will be able to try their hand at new sports not usually offered at school such as fencing, rowing, water polo and climbing.

As well as sessions with professional coaches, the week also includes tutorials on topics such as nutrition and careers in sport. Players from Bristol City Football Club and the Bristol Shoguns will also be dropping by during the week to give the young sports people some useful tips.

Peter Hammond, executive councillor for education and lifelong learning says, "We have some very talented young sports people in our local schools and we want to do all we can to help them maximise their abilities. This Easter programme gives them a unique opportunity to challenge their sporting skills, explore new sports and find out more about possible careers in sport."

The programme, which is part funded by Bristol University, has been organised as part of the gifted and talented strand of the £7m Excellence In Cities programme that supports improvement and achievement in Bristol's secondary schools. The gifted and talented strand is designed to support pupils with particular gifts or talents make the most of their potential.

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Copyright: 2001 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Wednesday, 10-Apr-2002 13:31:35 BST

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