Army life sam­pled by sports sci­ence stu­dents

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A SPEED sign warn­ing driv­ers to slow down has been fit­ted in Mount.

The Speed In­di­ca­tor De­vice (SID) is now in po­si­tion on Moor­lands Road.

The por­ta­ble de­vice was pre­vi­ously funded by Kirklees Coun­cil’s Hud­der­s­field Area Com­mit­tee.

It has al­ready been moved around dif­fer­ent routes in the area, in­clud­ing Laund Road in Sal­en­dine Nook, Crosland Road in Oakes and, more re­cently, Thorn­hill Av­enue in Lind­ley.

The SID at Moor­lands Road has been in­stalled tem­po­rar­ily, while Lind­ley Moor Road has been iden­ti­fied as a pos­si­ble lo­ca­tion for fu­ture in­stal­la­tion.

The ve­hi­cle ac­ti­vated elec­tronic sign de­tects and dis­plays real-time car speeds.

They are of­ten placed near sites where the speed limit changes, on rel­a­tively straight roads and places with high col­li­sion rates and known speed­ing prob­lems.

Moor­lands Road was pre­vi­ously a 30mph zone but a 20mph speed limit came in to force in Septem­ber 2013 fol­low­ing a cam­paign by par­ents, school staff and res­i­dents.

As part of the scheme, pupils from Moor­lands Pri­mary pro­duced 20mph signs which were sit­u­ated along the length of the road.

A ‘Park and Stride’ ini­tia­tive was also set up a num­ber of years ago, to re­duce Army per­sonal trainer.

The ac­tiv­i­ties were de­signed to help the group en­hance their knowl­edge of the sci­ence be­hind peak phys­i­cal per­for­mance.

Col­lege deputy prin­ci­pal Peter Kennedy said: “The Cat­t­er­ick res­i­den­tial is a fan­tas­tic ex­am­ple of how the foun­da­tion de­gree in Sports and Ex­er­cise Sci­ence blends prac­ti­cal and aca­demic learn­ing to en­sure that stu­dents com­plete the pro­gramme with the knowl­edge and skills to work in the in­dus­try or progress to a full hon­ours de­gree.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence al­lowed stu­dents to de­velop their un­der­stand­ing of the sci­ence be­hind peak phys­i­cal per­for­mance and this will sup­port them in their stud­ies.

“Of course, there was also an op­por­tu­nity to take a look at a tank!”

Course stu­dents also ex­plore a range of ar­eas in­clud­ing the sci­ence be­hind elite ath­lete per­for­mance.

As part of the course they are un­der­tak­ing re­search in the col­lege’s new, pur­pose-built Sports Lab. the amount of traf­fic on the road at peak times.

It pre­vents cars stop­ping on the en­trance mark­ing out­side the school and en­cour­ages par­ents to park up a lit­tle dis­tance away and make the re­main­der of the jour­ney by foot. Traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures are in place along the road, in­clud­ing flat-top speed humps.

Lind­ley coun­cil­lor Ca­hal Burke helped to se­cure fund­ing for a num­ber of traf­fic calm­ing and speed re­duc­tion schemes in Lind­ley.

He said: “SIDs can be really use­ful in pro­mot­ing speed aware­ness and they can be ef­fec­tive in chang­ing driv­ers’ speed­ing be­hav­iour and re­duc­ing speed­ing.’’

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