Exceptionally talented students are invited to be part of the Perse Elite Sports Programme (PESP) in recognition of their ability and success both at school and in external clubs and performance programmes.
PESP offers students a mentor to help oversee their academic and sporting commitments. The two have regular discussions about training schedules, academic commitments and target setting.
The programme provides an opportunity to meet and listen to other elite sports men and women through lectures and guest speakers. One such speaker was physiotherapist Ed McHugh, who ran a session on injury prevention strategies for adolescents coping with the demands of training for elite performance; his lecture was followed up with flexibility and warm up workshops delivered by our strength and conditioning coach. Another was Adam Morris, founder of BelievePerform, who introduced students to the power of the mind in everyday living, and in particular to its importance in sport psychology.
PESP members attended a lecture at Darwin College by visiting speaker Sir Dave Brailsford – a fascinating insight into the world of elite cycling, where he has been so successful with Team GB and Team Sky.
Sixth form students undergo fitness testing each September at the Cambridge University Sports Centre and have fortnightly training sessions with specialist strength and conditioning coaches at the Cambridge University Sports Centre team training facility.
The achievements of our elite sports men and women are covered in the news section on this website and on social media. In 2016 England U18 hockey player Tess Howard and England U16 Rugby player Alex Coles reached the finals of the Cambridge News Sports Personality of the Year award.