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Exciting new starts for EPP

A TALENTED batch of sporting youngsters has started life on Thorp Academy's exciting sport scholarship scheme.

A TALENTED batch of sporting youngsters has started life on Thorp Academy’s exciting sport scholarship scheme.

The Northern Education Trust school’s Elite Performer Programme has carefully selected a strong group of boys and girls to join the top two tiers.

There will now be a handful of those named on the top tier depending on their sporting achievements so far.

Ryton-based Thorp’s EPP programme is designed to help students fulfil both their sporting and academic potential.

There are educational trips to universities, strength and conditioning sessions and specific coaching in certain areas.

The latest intake of Year 7s and 8s have been to Northumbria University to gain an insight into what is required to become a top performing athlete. They will also go to watch Newcastle Falcons play and enjoy a stadium tour.

Fern Coulson, the EPP coordinator and PE teacher, said:“The new large amount of Year 7 students are engaging very well with the programme.

“They are giving 100 per cent in strength and conditioning and are attending clubs that the school have to offer.

“The students have been involved in their first EPP trip, which was to Northumbria University. Furthermore, a rugby trip is being organised.

“All students are making great progress and I am very pleased with each and every one of the students on the programme.”

Caylan Holliday, 11, is one of the new boys. He is a British No 1 ranked kick-boxer and a former Greenside Primary pupil.

Caylan said: “I got in my weight and I am still ranked first. My dad took me once, I asked randomly could I go again.

“I train every night except for Sunday and I think joining the EPP will give me a bigger chance of improving because of the strength and conditioning my body will receive.”

Another 11-year-old, Emily Mitchell, is a former Emmaville Primary pupil and judo champion.

She said: “I was fourth in the UK for under-12s and I attend Crowcrook Judo club. I started when I was six and I am now a green belt.

“I want to get first nationally. My friend was doing it originally and the coach came in once to school and I enjoyed it.

“I believe the EPP will help improve my fitness and help me get better.”