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Professional Training for tomorrows champions

This is a full day course based at St George's School and Oriam, Scotland's national sports centre.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to train like a professional athlete or, how to design training programmes worthy of a Gold medal at the next Commonwealth Games in Australia? Well this summer you can find out!! For one week in July you can experience the training that Scotland’s top level athletes receive at Oriam, the new state of the art sports performance centre in Edinburgh.

Oriam was designed and built for Scotland’s high performance athletes and is not normally open to the public, until now! You will train in the gym used by the SRU before the 6 nations games and recover in the pool used by our national football team.

Over the course of the week you will undergo fitness tests in the purpose built indoor 3G pitch, perform high intensity interval training in the high performance wing of Oriam and recover in the hydropool before experiencing the infamous ‘ice bath’. Not only will you learn how to train like the professionals but you will learn the science behind how training programmes are designed from coaches working across a range of Commonwealth and Professional sports. By the end of the week you will know what it takes to follow in the footsteps of your favourite athlete by making training a part of your daily routine.

This is no normal Excel+ Activity and those attending will be with Neil's team for the full day. Price includes daily transport to Oriam and full access to the facilities. Due to the large amount of professional sportspeople at Oriam, it is hoped that participants may also get the chance to meet some of them and ask questions as well as get autographs.

Places are limited and participants must have no injuries at the time of the course.

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Neil Gibson

Neil Gibson is the director of sport, performance and health at Oriam - the National Sports Centre for Scotland - and former fitness trainer to the Scotland mens football team. Neil will be team manager for Scottish Squash at the Commonwealth Games and has presented internationally at conferences.

Neil is also a lecturer at Heriot Watt university and has previously worked with Scotish Premiership team Hearts. Participants will receive lectures from Neil and his team, train in the high perfromance wing at Oriam and learn how to train and eat like champions. Anyone wondering where the edge needed to perform at the very highest level comes from will find out in this week from Neil and team of high performance practitioners.

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This is suitable for those looking to Excel with Scotlands best coaching team, who have worked with Hearts Football Team, are travelling to the Commonwealth Games and until recently worked with the National Football Team. With access to the national training facilities including the High Performance Wing reserved for the very best athletes in Scotland, The Hydro Pool, Physiological Assessments and the 3G internal pitch used by Edinburgh and Scottish rugby team. This is potentially the only opportunity you may ever get to gain top class training in top class facilities. If you want to be the best whether at school, club or beyond this is a MUST.

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Wednesday

Daily Fitness Recording

LECTURE NEIL GIBSON

Travel to Oriam

Lunch Break

Mobility Session

Strength Session

Talk from Heart of Midlothian Head of Sports Science

Travel to St George's School

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The following table of activities highlights what you might expect to do during an Excel+ week:

Monday

DAILY FITNESS RECORDING

LECTURE

PACKED LUNCH (YOU PROVIDE)

ORIAM

PHYSIOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS

COOL DOWN

Tuesday

DAILY FITNESS RECORDING

HIGH INTENSITY TRAINING

SHOWER

PACKED LUNCH (YOU PROVIDE)

LECTURE

KIT CHANGE

STRENGTH CIRCUITS

COOL DOWN

Wednesday

DAILY FITNESS RECORDING

LECTURE

PACKED LUNCH (YOU PROVIDE)

MOBILITY SESSION

STRENGTH SESSION

TALK FROM HEARTS HEAD OF SPORTS SCIENCE

Thursday

DAILY FITNESS RECORDING

HIGH INTENSITY TRAINING

SHOWER

PACKED LUNCH (YOU PROVIDE)

LECTURE

KIT CHANGE

STRENGTH CIRCUITS

COOL DOWN

Friday

DAILY FITNESS RECORDING

LECTURE

PACKED LUNCH (YOU PROVIDE)

MOBILITY SESSION

HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL SESSION

HYDRO POOL SESSION

This is an active course. You will need a fresh set of training clothes each day and clothes to wear home and for lectures. You will need plenty of snacks and a refillable water bottle. You will need to bring a packed lunch every day.

The Venue

Excel Sports Academy have been in the fantastic facilities of St George’s School for Girls for many years now. Located in a quiet residential area just west of the City in Roseburn. St George’s is one of the countries top schools with first class facilities.

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The Staff

Our Staff are led by a PE teacher and all undergo training as well as appropriate safety checks. We regularly have other PE teachers, elite sports performers and university students training to be teachers.

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