Cadets face a test­ing time

Sunderland Echo - - News - By Kevin Clark kevin.clark@north­ Twit­ter: @kevinclarkjp

A group of Northum­bria Po­lice cadets have been put through their paces at Sun­der­land Univer­sity.

The cadets as­sessed their own fit­ness lev­els, with sup­port from sports sci­ence stu­dents learn­ing to ap­ply their newly-ac­quired skills and ex­per­tise.

The stu­dents, led by se­nior lec­turer Morc Coul­son, car­ried out as­sess­ments in the Univer­sity’s Sports and Ex­er­cise Sciences depart­ment, and of­fered pro­fes­sional ad­vice to help each cadet im­prove their health as well as their pro­fes­sional prospects.

Morc ex­plained: “We hosted the cadets as part of our in­no­va­tive ap­proach to build­ing re­la­tion­ships be­tween the com­mu­nity and the depart­ment, while of­fer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for our stu­dents to work in real-life sce­nar­ios.

“Be­cause of the po­ten­tial phys­i­cal na­ture of the po­lice pro­fes­sion, we pre­pared a range of phys­i­cal fit­ness as­sess­ments which would in­form them about train­ing meth­ods and gave them ad­vice to im­prove cer­tain scores that they achieved in spe­cific ar­eas.

“They will re­turn to the labs in two months and we are go­ing to re-as­sess.

“Our stu­dents were re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic about this project, which is part of their stud­ies. They have to get in­volved in eval­u­at­ing and de­sign­ing pro­grammes based on as­sess­ment, and this was an ideal op­por­tu­nity.”

Sec­ond Year Sports Coach­ing stu­dent Hol­lie Zmak said: “I re­ally val­ued work­ing with the po­lice cadets. They all seemed to have en­joyed tak­ing part in all the tests. It was also good to show them some of the equip­ment that we have ac­cess to, which some hadn’t used prior to their visit.”

Sun­der­land Cadet Leader Pc Kirsty Pitchford said: “It’s re­ally im­por­tant to us to cre­ate as many op­por­tu­ni­ties as pos­si­ble for our cadets and they thor­oughly en­joyed vis­it­ing the Sports Sci­ence Depart­ment.

“I know they are al­ready look­ing for­ward to go­ing back af­ter Christ­mas to see if they have im­proved.”

Kirsty Pitchford, Neve Geary, Dy­lan Wood, Stephanie Welsh and Reece Mon­son with stu­dents.

Neve Geary from the Sun­der­land Po­lice Cadets takes part in the train­ing ses­sion with Sports Sci­ence stu­dents at Sun­der­land Univer­sity.

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