picture7Each year a number of pupils are put forward, by the JTHS PE department, for the Staffordshire Sports Talent Inspiration Programme.  Last year Y9 pupil, and keen badminton player, Ethan Dalley was lucky enough to be selected and has since attended several events.  The events are intended to inspire young athletes, provide advice on fitness, psychology, nutrition, funding and much more.  The events so far have included meeting Craig Heap, Olympic gold medallist in gymnastics, a motivational talk, sports psychology, presenting awards, a fitness measuring day at Staffordshire University and an evening with Olympians Ian Marsden and Joe Clarke

picture6We asked Ethan what was his best experience on this Programme; “I feel really lucky to have been asked to participate; my best experience during this program was listening to the talk by Craig Heap on how to keep calm and focus when competing.  He said that he had worked with a coach called Steve Peters, who had written a book called the Chimp Paradox. This book was about when you play a sport and when you get annoyed or when you’re not focused that it’s not you playing your sport it’s another part of your brain and chimps also have this part of the brain giving the book it’s title.  When I got back home I decided to buy the audio book.  This book has helped me enormously in understanding the psychology of competitive sport”


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