Isle of Man News - POSTED Thu 16-11-2017

King William's & Buchan team up to with WESPA to deliver world-class sports training

by LC

Young sports stars at King William’s College and The Buchan School are to receive world-class performance training from the World Elite Sports Performance Academy (WESPA). WESPA is the fastest-growing sports academy in Great Britain, and is led by ex-Premiership rugby player Alastair Saverimutto.

Alastair and his team are staging two ‘testing days’ on 20th and 21st November at King William’s College and The Buchan School, with the aim of identifying talented young sports stars and then working with them to train and develop their skills.

Alastair Saverimutto, CEO WESPA, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to launch our new operation in the Isle of Man to bring what is Great Britain's fastest-growing sports academy to King William’s College. We know that the Island has a rich sporting heritage and that there is a large and untapped pool of potential here. Over the course of the two testing days we will be assessing more than 500 Buchan and College pupils, and I’m confident that this initial assessment will uncover some potential sporting gems.

‘Since WESPA launched on the Wirral two years ago the progress of our young athletes has been nothing short of remarkable. Guided by some of the finest and most experienced coaches in the world, our youngsters have exceeded all expectations. Everyone connected with WESPA is very excited about seeing precisely what the Isle of Man has to offer.’

KWC Principal Joss Buchanan said: ‘This is such an exciting initiative for our pupils. We place great importance on the role of sport in helping young people develop in all aspects of their life – sport promotes teamwork and healthy lifestyle habits, boosts self-esteem, reveals character and develops leadership skills. And, of course, shall also be fun!

‘WESPA’s world-class trainers will provide elite coaching and mentoring for our gifted sports stars, working on their strength and conditioning, and offering them the best possible chance of reaching the pinnacle of their chosen sport.’


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