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Erewash pupils test drive new sports gear

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A state-of-the-art university sports session was on the timetable for youngsters from nine primary schools.

More than 30 pupils from Stanley Common, Stanley St Andrew’s, Longmoor, Sawley Junior, Shardlow, Kensington, Harrington, Ashbrook Junior and Granby took part.

They visited the University of Derby’s new sports facilities as part of Erewash School Sport Partnership’s Gifted and Talented programme.

The day centred around three sessions looking at health, speed and power and specialist coaching.

They took part in tests designed to assess their flexibility, grip strength, co-ordination, agility and lung function.

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, said the pupils all had a great time.

She said: “This was a great opportunity for them to experience these amazing facilities and try out some state-of-the-art equipment.

“They also got to mix with pupils from different schools who were all of a similar ability and for some it was their first taste of a university setting.

“The idea is that this will inspire them and show them what they could be doing in the future if they work hard at school.”

Lucas Holland, 11, said: “We had to blow into a machine to test our lung function and it was quite fascinating really.

“We worked with a partners and it was interesting to see the difference between the results for the two of us.”