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On Friday, 5 February 2016, students studying the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) visited Farleigh House in Bath, the training centre for Bath Rugby Club.

On arrival, the students met retired professional, Danny Grewcock, who is now the Academy Director at the club and works with developing the younger players.


Ben Coker, the Head of Physical Development, gave a lecture on how he develops the training programmes of the players. He spoke about periodisation, injury prevention, types of training and components of fitness, which fits into the students’ current unit ‘Fitness Training and Programming’. It was an excellent insight into how physical training and programming is delivered within a professional sports setting.

After the lecture, Ben gave the students a tour of this fantastic facility, including the state-of-the-art gym, complete with altitude chamber, where some students also took part in a few of the tests that the players undertake. Mr Gresswell also took on the might of the scrum machine! The students also visited the medical centre, physiotherapy rooms, training pitches, the 4G pitch and the changing rooms.

This was a wonderful and rare experience for our students. The facilities are arguably some of the best in Europe. They thoroughly enjoyed the visit and were inspired by what they saw.


Photograph: Director of Sport, Nick Gresswell, and BTEC pupil and county rugby player, Tom Pittman