Graduate Returns

09.02.2015

Graduate Returns with Primary pupils for “Technotastic” day at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David’s School of Sport Health and Outdoor Education.

Graduate Returns with Primary pupils for “Technotastic” day at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David’s School of Sport Health and Outdoor Education.

It was great to welcome former student and now Primary School Teacher at Llangiwg Primary School, Oliver Ardolino and his pupils to the school of Sport Health and Outdoor Education Performance Lab. The pupils visited as part of a “Technotastic” unit of work they are working on. During the day pupils were introduced to a number of technological advancements used in the school of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education lab for testing, analysing and monitoring performance.

Physiology lecturer Peter Herbert introduced the session by welcoming the group and demonstrating some of the GPS technology used to monitor athlete performance. Students studying degrees such as Sport, Health and Exercise, Personal Training or Outdoor Fitness would regularly use these devices as part of their programme. Many professional teams including the Welsh Rugby Team regularly use the technology to monitor player performance. Physical Education lecturer Dylan Blain then demonstrated how heart rate data is collected and analysed using the Polar Team System. This enables the careful monitoring of individuals within a training environment meaning coaches can observe live work-rates. Finally Outdoor Education lecturer Geraint Forster showed the students the lab’s WattBike’s in action. These indoor training bikes are the same one’s used by Team Sky and British Cycling athletes such as Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas. Within the session, the pupils also got the chance to use the SHOE iPads to analyse their own performance in a similar way to that used in professional sport.

Primary school teacher and former UWTSD SHOE student Oliver Ardolino said the day had provided his pupils with a great insight into some of the latest technology used in the Sport and Exercise industry. The pupils will undertake a range of activities back in school relating to the activities they participated in during the visit. Oliver said that the pupils haven’t “stopped talking about their day at the University!”

Head of School Ceredig Emanuel commented how it was great to see a former student progressing so well in his teaching career. Oliver studied Physical Education bilingually at the University before undertaking his PGCE. He felt his undergraduate degree provided him with an excellent grounding to pursue a career in education, particularly when it comes to promoting health enhancing physical activity within PE lessons.

This is the first time the school has welcomed Primary School pupils to demonstrate the Lab facilities. Ordinarily this type of visit is undertaken by 6th form, Secondary School A Level PE and BTEC Sport groups who participate in the Universities “Fitness Testing Taster Session”. These sessions are extremely popular with local schools with over 200 local 6th form students visiting last year. The lab sessions provide students with an insight into the tests used to assess performance within a performance lab using the specialised equipment not available to them in school. These sessions are run bilingually for Welsh and English medium schools and are part of the school of SHOE’s extensive outreach programme. The outreach programme also involves working with Welsh Language schools on A Level revision days which were attended by over 130 students last year. This year the programme has been extended to also include a Welsh Language GCSE revision day.

Any school interested in attending one of the School of Sport, health and Outdoor Education lab sessions, please contact s.e.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk.

Places are limited and dates are allocated on a first come first serve basis