News story from St Joseph's In The Park

New Tottenham Hotspur, Saracens Foundation & Talisman Sports Academy Partnership

Girls and boys at St Joseph's In The Park enjoyed an exciting morning of elite sports coaching from Tottenham Hotspur, Saracens Foundation and Talisman. They were really engaged and enthusiastic to learn new football, rugby and CrossFit skills.

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Tottenham Hotspur coaching at St Joseph's In The Park
Tottenham Hotspur coaching at St Joseph's In The Park

30th November 2021 — St Joseph’s In The Park has launched an innovative new Sports Academy for its pupils, working in partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Global Football Development, Saracens Rugby Foundation and Talisman CrossFit.

Headmaster Douglas Brown believes in the importance of sport and fitness for all and introduced the Academy to create a diverse offer for girls and boys, elite football, rugby and CrossFit coaching designed to engage all Junior pupils in a variety of sports and to encourage them to find enjoyment in movement and fitness for life. The school is extremely proud to work with Tottenham Hotspur and Saracens Foundation who are two of the world’s leading clubs with outstanding coaching programmes.

Football and rugby training sessions will be designed to develop new skills and will create an environment that delivers coach and player development across all ability levels.

The school’s partnership with Talisman CrossFit has been ground-breaking in terms of improving the children’s general fitness and helping the less confident children and those with special educational needs like autism and dyspraxia. CrossFit incorporates a variety of physical activities such as aerobic exercise, gymnastics and basic weightlifting which helps with strength, flexibility, endurance, speed and stamina. CrossFit routines can be tailored to suit each individual’s abilities so children can work together but at their own level and pace.

“We want all junior pupils to be engaged in the various coaching sessions as sport has a huge benefit in terms of wellbeing. It helps to boost confidence, self-esteem, fitness and co-ordination. Team spirit is also hugely important as we want to encourage friendship, co-operation, persistence and respect,” states Douglas Brown.

Exercise is of course widely recognised as being beneficial for positive mental health, boosting mood through the release of endorphins which are commonly referred to as ‘feel-good hormones’. Sports lessons can really help to reduce any negative thinking and help to build and develop mental strength. It also helps children to get a good night’s sleep which is good for emotional wellbeing.

St Joseph's In The Park (Coed 3-11) is a day school in Hertfordshire.

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