Buxton experts put sports hopefuls on the right track

EXPERTS in Sports Performance from the University of Derby Buxton are using their skills to help develop Derbyshire’s young sporting talent.

Young 400 metres runner Ben Jones, 15, trains with Derbyshire Athletics, and has been receiving specialist support from sports academics Adam Baker and Mark Cheetham through the university’s partnership with the Derbyshire Athletics Network.

In his first competitive race since returning from injury, on June 11, Ben won the 400 metres in a personal best time of 52:70 seconds, becoming Derbyshire Schools Intermediate Boys’ 400m Champion.

And he credits the team at Buxton for their part in the win as he has been receiving their dedicated help and support since January in areas such as performance biomechanics, strength and conditioning training, and postural analysis.

Ben said: “I enjoy the training, and the help I’ve received from Adam and Mark has been really useful in getting me back to fitness. I’ve learned a lot about my technique, about warming up and how best to run, and I’m looking forward to more sessions and getting better and faster.”

The University of Derby Buxton’s sports team is currently working with eight other athletes through this partnership. Using the latest movement analysis techniques they are helping them take their natural talent, and hone and develop technique and strength – to perform at their highest level.