Ready to represent England!

Excellent afternoon on Wednesday 27th February at Hertfordshire University Sport Village where the National Council for School Sport’s (NCSS) held its International Preparation day for 38 young athletes and their teachers, who will be going to Greece in the summer to take part in their first International School Sport Federation (the ISF has over 100-member countries) competition, representing England. Workshops for the athletes included the ISF’s ‘School Sport Foundation’, ‘Injury Prevention and Active Recovery’ and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) presentation by Ceri Wynne, and his session for the adults was very thought-provoking. For example, the biggest source of failed dope tests comes from ‘contaminated’ protein shakes! To check that any medication etc are guaranteed ‘safe’ for athletes to take which would not cause a failed a dope test, go to globaldro.com or visit ukad.org.uk.
The NCSS (now in its 70th year) has sent over 200 school teams, involving 3000+ young athletes, from 100 schools, to ISF competitions during the last 30 years or so. For these youngsters, their first taste of international competition!
BAFA will be looking to send a school team to the ISF’s England Education Games in late June (26th & 27th at Stoke Mandeville and Much Wenlock) to take part in inclusive sports, which also include American flag football, for the first time and quite possibly in its wheelchair format (TBC). Teams will need to be made-up of both athletes with learning disabilities and those in mainstream education.