30 Jan What SGS looks for in potential academy students?
The Athletics Academy at SGS College has been running since 2012 and currently houses 25 student athletes.
Head of Academy, Andrea Garcia-Lock explains what she looks for in potential candidates for the Athletic Academy.
“We cover all track and field events, right from beginner’s right through to the elite level. We have some athletes who come to us already at the English Schools standard and they are here to access the full-time programme that we offer. When I left school, I didn’t have the opportunity to do anything like this.
“The main thing we look for is commitment. It doesn’t matter what level they come to us at. We can help them progress from the level they are at.”
SGS Wise Campus is ranked as a Garda A facility and boasts an eight lane competition track with double long jump pits and a pole vault area. There is also a hammer cage, discus cage, a shot putt area and a double ended javelin area. Students also use the Indoor Astroturf and the grass pitches during training.
SGS also has professional amenities to aid students with their chosen sport.
Andrea explains: “Here they have access to terrific facilities and the opportunity to get high-level coaching in all the different events.
“We have strength and conditioning opportunities and a state-of-the-art gym with supervised gym sessions. You also have physios included in your fees and that is something important in terms of injury prevention. They get three days a week coaching with the additional opportunity to come to club nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well.
“A lot of the athletes we get wouldn’t before have had a specific personalised programme tailored to their needs. We also do workshops on psychology, nutrition and performance anxiety.
“Because athletics are a lot are individual sports, it can be quite lonely to train especially if you haven’t got a club. Here they get the benefit of training against others, which pushes them on and helps create a team environment which is essential in athletics.”