University of Kent Visit
On Wednesday 30 November, 13 students who are currently taking GCSE or A Level PE went to the University of Kent in order to participate in various fitness tests. Alice Frank in Year 13 completed a VO2 max test. This involved her running on a treadmill, which increased in speed every 2 minutes. Alice had to continue running until exhaustion, in order to find out what the maximum volume of oxygen is that her body can use. Although a very challenging, and exhausting(!) test, Alice was brilliant and put in maximum effort throughout the test.
The students then had the opportunity to participate in the Wingate test which involved a 20 second sprint on an ergometer, which had different sized weights attached to act as resistance. This test was to measure anaerobic leg power. Out of all 13 students, Jasmine Etheridge in Year 11 achieved the best result!
The final test was for agility; students had to compete in pairs, to see who could block out the most lights in a given time, which also meant that reaction time was taken into account! This was the most fun and enjoyable test, and increased the competitiveness between the students.
Overall, the afternoon was very enjoyable and the students were able to put the content of the courses they are studying into context, and realised how the information they are learning is used in a real sporting environment. Thank you to Miss Abbott for organising and accompanying the students on the trip.