TALENTED sporting students escaped the wet and cold as they spent the half term break on a warm weather training trip.
Twenty-eight young members of Dyke House Sports and Technology College’s inaugural Elite Development Squad flew out to the Costa del Sol on Monday for five days of quality training in the sun.
The students had the use of an Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool, running track, an indoor gym, sports halls and full sized grass and 3G football and rugby pitches.
All of the young athletes who make up the squad had a couple of two-hour sessions every day at the top class Torremolinos Sports complex.
They also benefited from regular strength and conditioning sessions to ensure every student had the perfect preparation for each day’s work.
The school’s most promising golfers weren’t overlooked either. They went along to play the impressive Los Lagos, La Cala and Los Olivos courses.
“It’s the first trip of its kind for our elite athletes,” said Danny Evans, the director of the Elite Development Squad at Dyke House.
“It gave the students an insight into the sort of training schedule a professional athlete encounters.”
Dyke House’s Elite Development Squad is in its first year and the scholarship programme aims to help promising athletes excel both academically and in their specialised sport. Gymnast Jake Wahab, footballer Harry Chapman, rugby player Jack Jarvis, basketball player Andrew Busby and runner Taylor Allen were among those who made the trip to southern Spain.