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									             SUNEE High Performance Sports Camps 2008 Report

Durham University Hockey Summer Camp 2008

The Camp of Summer 08 followed the familiar patterns and framework of the previous
three years. We had a record number of girls with as many as four of them playing at
junior international level, a very motivated squad of goalkeepers, and the introduction
of a non-residential group of boys added to our group of players based at Hatfield

One of the features of this summer camp was the tremendous interest shown amongst
the players to apply to Durham as their University choice. There was a wide range of
ages on the course, but with our squad system, we mixed the ages quite successfully,
and notably in the girls produced a good blend, socially and on the playing field.

The pitches played very well, and the hockey standards exceeded previous years with
players coming as far afield as Kent, Somerset, Leicester and the Lake District. The
coaches were great role models, with Gwen Smith and Jamie Johnson excelling in
producing a good learning atmosphere with consistently high standards. So, this year
we totalled over 80 young players, and so far, the feedback has only been favourable.
Next year, we intend to start the camps a little later on August the 16th on our fifth

Durham University Sculling Camp 2008

August 11 to 22nd saw the 6th year of the Durham University Sculling Camps run on the
River Tyne at Newburn and at the Maiden Castle sports centre in Durham.

Following the success of last year's junior camp, the first week of the camp was devoted
to a junior high performance camp, with a large group of athletes from throughout the
region in attendance (Tyne RC, Cambois RC, Durham ARC, Yarm and Tees), as well
athletes from further afield (Shrewsbury, Cambridge, Stratford and Glasgow). This year
the camp doubled in size with 25 residential students staying in Hatfield College in
Durham who enjoyed group sessions hosted by resident student mentors in the
evenings. There were joined by 10 junior regional scullers who attended the sculling
sessions at Tyne Rowing Club during the day. Each student completed a training diary
for the week to show to their home club coach, and the week finished with a time trial
followed by a 6-lane regatta on the Tyne to mirror the system used in the Junior GB
trials selection process.

The second week was given over to a senior high performance camp, and club sculling
camp. The senior camp was attended by 60 athletes from the region, the university and
further afield, and hosted a number of coaches from high performance rowing centres
from around the country. The sessions focussed on improving technique in sculling, as
well as gaining experience of time trials and racing in side-by-side conditions. In
addition, there were a number of land-based sessions at Maiden Castle in Durham,
looking at weight lifting technique, core stability, ergometer technique and video
analysis. Again the week finished with a time trial followed by a multi-lane regatta for
all students.

The club relied heavily on the support of Tyne RC in hosting the camps, and has
continued to enjoy good relations with this club, having coached a Henley Regatta
winning crew of Tyne athletes this summer. Our coaches continue to provide coaching
sessions for junior athletes at this club as part of the University's Outreach programme
within the North-East region.

Newcastle University High Performance Fencing Camp

11-15 August 2008

Thirty-eight talented young athletes have been put through their paces during
Newcastle University’s second intensive three-weapon Fencing Camp.

The week-long High Performance Fencing Camp, organised by staff from the University’s
Centre for Physical Recreation and Sport, attracted young athletes from all around the
UK, and one participant even travelled from Belgium.

Building on the strength of the inaugural event last year, the camp was designed to
enable the participants – all aged between 10 and 25 to improve their all-round
performance as well as learning more about what it takes to excel in their sport at
international level.

The participants underwent more than 25 hours of intensive training, with GB fencing
coaches Iain Aberdeen and Paul Neil-MacLachlan, to help them improve their bladework
and footwork skills, and tactical awareness. The practical training sessions were
supplemented by lectures on subjects including strength and conditioning, fitness, and

Performance Sport Manager, Fraser Kennedy, said “The fact that this year’s Fencing
Camp has attracted more than twice the number of participants who attended in 2007
demonstrates that there is a real need for this kind of intensive training.

We know that high-performing athletes tend to be exceptional students, and we
specialise in providing mentoring and support to ensure that our athletes are able to
balance their academic commitments with competing at a high level in their sport.
Events like this aim to make sure that Newcastle University is a natural choice for top-
performing athletes who also want to excel academically,” he said.

Among the participants were brothers John (14) and Peter (12) Simmons from
Wilmcote, in Warwickshire. Both boys attend King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-
Avon, where there has been a tradition of fencing for more than 40 years. Both of them
enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the extra training that the Fencing Camp
provided. Peter said he had especially enjoyed learning about defence, whilst John
enjoyed the experience he gained during the free fencing sessions.

Their coach and fencing master, David Kirby, who attended the camp with them said:
“The School and the associated Shakespeare’s Swords Fencing Club, of which both John
and Peter are members, have produced many notable fencing champions over the
years, including Olympian Louise Baird-Williams, who competed in Athens in 2004.

The boys and girls attending the Newcastle University Training Camp are at the
vanguard of a new generation of sabre fencers”, he said.

Northumbria University Junior Fencing Camp

August 2008

Northumbria University hosted a week long junior summer camp at Coach Lane led by
Chris Morton.

20 young fencers from 5 local clubs were invited to attend: Harlequins Fencing Club of
Sunderland, Northumbria University Junior Group, Durham Phoenix Fencing Club,
Emmanuel College Fencing Club and Monkton Stadium Fencing Club.
The purpose of the group was to further develop the fencing skills of the groups, to
work together and also to get to know each other. The individuals were also introduced
to more advanced and diverse aspects of fencing by involving the Northumbria
University Senior Club coach, Matt Haynes.

The ages were from 9 to 18 and engaged both girls and boys.

The camp was primarily designed to be based on a fencing fitness theme, to play fencing
games and to help each other develop their fencing skills. Feedback from the
participants confirmed a well organised, informative week fully enjoyed by all

University of Teesside: Canoe Slalom Camp

The camp, hosted by the University of Teesside, saw 20 slalom paddlers travel to the
Tees Valley from across the country. The camp took a holistic approach incorporating
several disciplines of sports science and slalom skills coaching, and aimed to place
talented and determined paddlers into a performance environment.

The camp opened with an inspirational presentation from the Athens Olympic Silver
Medallist Campbell Walsh on performance profiling and goal setting. The paddlers then
undertook a land based physiological profiling session after which they were taken into
the University’s state of the art environmental chamber, which was set to recreate the
climate at the recent Beijing Olympic Games.

“My daughter enjoyed the physiological testing session, and the feedback was great,
providing ideas of what she needs to do outside of paddling to help improve her overall
fitness, which in turn will improve her paddling.”

White water and flat water coaching session were led by an experienced and specialised
coaching team, including Campbell Walsh, Russ Smith, Wendy Morris (Teesside White
Water course), Darren Cresser (BCU) and Ray Hudspith (Canoe England). Video footage
was taken of the sessions, with analysis given in the University’s data analysis lab by the
coaches and paddlers the next morning before any further paddling sessions. Further
physiological testing was performed on the water with an additional, practical, strength
and conditioning session later that day. Nutrition and Sports Psychology sessions were
also delivered to the clients, in the presence of their parents to encourage and maximise
any follow up on these areas.

Each paddler was given a bag of takeaway bits and bobs, including a memory stick
containing their testing results, video clips and information on anti-doping.
The commitment and enthusiasm of all the paddlers was really impressive, given the
cold temperatures and high winds, this really made the camp. The use of student
volunteers to help the coaching and academic staff was a real bonus. They provided a
vital and fundamental level of professionalism, without which the analysis of all testing
and video clips would not have been processed so quickly.

Overall the feedback was very positive. One of the most pleasing aspects of the
weekend was the engagement of the clients and their parents. The weekend was
designed to work the clients hard, testing their desire to perform and mental toughness,
whilst maintaining a level of enjoyment. Everyone kept going to the end and launched
themselves into each session full heartedly. Parents also took an avid interest in the
information being provided to them.

“An informative weekend, very relevant to the paddlers needs also providing ideas and
information for the coaches and parents that attended. It was good to see the paddlers
fully committed participation in the weekend program. By including parents etc in the

land based sessions it provided us with an insight in nutrition and fitness requirements
and the support that is required in this area to develop the paddlers to their full

The University of Teesside was very impressive, not only did it provide the opportunity
for my daughter “to have a go”, but also gave her an insight into possible career
opportunities linked to sport.

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