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Craven College rugby students tested their fitness, stamina and team spirit with three days of gruelling preparation for the AoC (Association of Colleges) Sport National Championships after Easter. The Keswick Training Camp (20-22 March) was funded through College and the RFU.
The students were put through their paces starting with a 5.30am wake-up call followed by a full day's training including field, gym, swimming and thankfully, recovery. Nutrition formed an essential part of the training. Dean Muir, Sports Tutor said' The students found it really challenging because they went from eating three set meals to a sports nutrition diet which means smaller meals more regularly and no bags of sweets in between. They enjoyed the training and came together as a team. What's more the parent feedback was really positive.'
As well as the physical training the students were able to use their financial skills by working out the budget for the 3 days, buying food and cooking it. The idea being that they were building up skills they could use again. This even extended to cleaning.
They were joined by 2 ex students who are now at Northumbria University studying Sports Science who helped with the nutritional value of food and calorie awareness. This also enlightened the students about what is involved in a sports degree.
The students are now looking forward to the real thing - the AoC Sport National Championships in a few weeks time where Craven College will not only be competing in the rugby but also the cross country with local stars Vicky and Matt Merrick representing Craven College.