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Talented Athlete Programme

The Talented Athlete Programme gives our students the opportunity to maximise their athletic performance through attending extra training sessions run by our dedicated team of sports professionals. 

Sutton Valence School rugby boys standing in front of their pitch proudly

The main emphasis of the programme is based around the improvement of our young athletes in the key components of strength, conditioning, speed, and agility. These dedicated sessions are run to ensure that our young athletes not only develop athletically but gain the knowledge and expertise required to take control of their own training regimes in a safe, effective, and meaningful environment. The Talented Athlete Programme is designed to empower our students to improve their athletic performances both inside and outside of school, and to give them the education, understanding and confidence to train like elite athletes.

The programme is open to all students and our Sports Scholars and Exhibitionists are required to attend weekly sessions as part of their roles as Sports Award students. Students are given bespoke training programmes in line with their age and maturation. As well as catering for the physical development of our young athletes, the Talented Athlete Programme also gives students the opportunity to learn relevant sports psychology, sports nutrition and avenues towards professional sports. 

External professionals in these fields regularly attend to provide students with insight into the world of professional sport and how these different fields can have a positive impact on sports performance. 

Athletic Conditioning Coach

Mr Andy Dawling leads the Talented Athlete Programme, combining his experience as an elite level Rugby coach with his background as a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach to ensure that our students have outstanding opportunities to develop as athletes. Mr Dalwing is an ex-professional Rugby player who played for the Harlequins and Gloucester and who served for over twenty years in the Parachute Regiment in the British Army. He represented both England Rugby Sevens and the British Army in a distinguished sporting career. Mr Dawling is a Level 3 Rugby coach and a UKCC accredited Strength and Conditioning coach. He was a personal training instructor in the British Army.

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