High Performance Training

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High Performance Training

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

Have you ever wondered how it feels to train like a professional athlete or, how to design a training programmes that would lead to a Gold medal at the next Commonwealth or Olympic Games? Well this summer you can!! For one week in July you can experience the training that elite athletes receive every day at Oriam: Scotland’s sports performance centre.

Oriam was designed and built for Scotland’s high performance athletes and is not normally open to the public, until now! This programme will give your child the chance to learn how to train, prepare and eat like an elite level athlete before putting their new skills into practise at the nations centre of excellent for sport where they will train in the gym used by the SRU before the 6 nations and recover in the pool used by our national football team.

Over the course of the week you will undergo fitness testing, perform high intensity interval training, learn about the diet and nutrition habits of elite level athletes, gain experience in strength training and at the end of the week 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.

Those attending will work with experienced and qualified sport scientists with experience of readying young athletes for national and international competition across a range of sports. Price includes transport to Oriam and full access to the facilities on the last day of the camp. 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.


Neil Gibson

Neil will drive the pro sports programme but it will be delivered by his trained team who will work under hi ssupervision. Neil is currently project manager for a new high performance training facility in Sydney having recently left his role as Director of Sport Performance Sport at Oriam: Scotland’s sports performance centre. Neil has been the sport scientist for the mens national football team as well as supporting Scottish athletes at two Commonwealth Games as well as having worked in professional football and for the English Institute of Sport.

Neil is an accredited high performance physiologist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Strength and Conditioning Coach with the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association. Neil is also a published author and holds a doctorate in the area of training academy football players.

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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.


Activity FAQs

This example is Tuesday's plan

Daily monitoring, mobility and core session

High Intensity interval training

Shower and Change

Packed Lunch

Lecture content - how fit do athletes need to be? Analyse own fitness data

Kit change

Indoor strength circuits

Cool down and stretch

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


Daily monitoring, mobility and core session

Lecture content - physiological assessments, why we do them?


Physiological assessments (indoor facility)

Cool Down and Stretch


Daily monitoring, mobility and core session

High Intensity interval training

Lecture content - how fit do athletes need to be? Analysing their own fitness data …

Indoor strength circuits

Cool Down and Stretch


Daily monitoring, mobility and core session

Lecture content

Travel to Oriam

Mobility and Strength Session

Talk from Hearts head of Sports Science


Daily monitoring, mobility and core session

High Intensity Training


Indoor strength circuits

Cool Down and Stretch


Daily monitoring, mobility and core session



Lunch at Oriam

Mobility Session

High intensity interval 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, apart from Friday. You will need swimming kit for the hyrdo pool session.

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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