The scheme, which was launched in 2015 to help young sportspeople develop their skills and prepare for progression into elite sport, has seen a four part introductory “boot camp” and eight themed workshops throughout the year.
The focus of Saturday’s (16th June) session was rest and recovery, and provided an insight into what the 13-17 year old’s can do to manage stress and aid recovery during the day, as well as the potential negative impact technology can have on their bodies.
Isle of Man Sport Aid Sports Performance Coordinator Chris Quine said: ‘With the generous support of our sponsors we have been able to offer the athletes a really extensive programme of workshops this year.
‘Although often neglected, rest and recovery is possibly the most important aspect of a training programme for athletes. It isn’t just what happens in your hour of training each day that is important but what you do in the other 23 hours of the day as well.
‘Therefore, we challenged the athletes – and their parents and coaches – to consider how stress levels can also have a negative impact on their general well-being and thus their sport as well.
‘An effective rest and recovery programme is not just about having good sleep hygiene. At the session we suggested ways in which the young athletes can aid their recovery while awake, through managing stress levels and better planning of hard and easy training days. We also touched upon the potential harmful impact of new technology, and what can be done to lessen the risk of this now and in the future.’
Mark Denton, Managing Director of SMP Partners, said: ‘SMP Partners is passionate about supporting the local community and helping people to achieve their potential, so it continues to be a pleasure to support Sport Aid Academy as it nurtures the Island’s talented youngsters. The lessons they are learning in this well thought-out programme will not only help them in their sport, but will also be a great benefit in their wider lives.’
Mark Reynolds, Director at Newfield, added: ‘If you speak to the young Academy athletes you can see the enthusiasm and passion they have for their sport, and it is clear to see the benefits the Academy is having. It is such a pleasure to sponsor the programme, which offers a platform for the youngsters to nurture and develop their sporting talents, meet other like-minded individuals, hear from experienced athletes and coaches and learn important life lessons.’