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It’s the start of the mock exam week which means I have two English exams today. But my last lesson of the day is PE. Luckily for me, the rugby lesson is called off due to the bad weather so it’s basketball instead. After a warm up and a few drills we go into matches. A great way to finish the day.
Knowing that I have a busy week ahead with exams, I decide that today is my rest day. I finish my maths exam and meet with the school physiotherapist so I can go through my stretching programme. Then it’s off home for an evening of revision.
No exams today but plenty of training to catch up on. I have my second PE lesson of the week, this time in the fitness suite working on my upper body strength. I’m lucky that the school gym is wheelchair accessible so I can use all the equipment. After school I help coach at the school’s wheelchair basketball club with the younger children. It’s one of my favourite sessions of the week as I can just have a bit of fun and relax. I help some of the younger kids with their dribbling and shooting skills and then finish with a game.
I have one to one coaching after school and it’s the day of the week I don’t look forward to normally because my coach Mr Kendall makes me do so much fitness work. After the fitness session (which he says is just a warm up) we work on my movement and speed around the court. We finish with some shooting practice.
Today I have my history exam, the final one of the week. Then after school I go home to change and go straight back out to my club training with Blackhawks in Farnborough. It’s gone ten by the time I get home so straight to bed as I have an early start tomorrow.
I always look forward to the weekends as I get to focus solely on my basketball. I’m up early and then travel over to Newbury to continue with my training for the U19 league with Newbury Kings. Being one of the youngest in the age group, training is hard work, but I enjoy the chance to get one over on the older boys in the squad. Once I get back, it’s a quick shower and change then out to meet some friends.
I make the most of a chance for a lie-in and then it’s back over to Farnborough for a double training session, first for the regional U19 session at 3pm and then a general training session at 6pm. By the end of training though I’m really tired. It’s been a busy week and I will have it all to do again next week, minus a few exams.
Rugby at lunch time. We play small sided games of touch to try and improve our basic skills and game play. I enjoy this as I enjoy playing quick rugby like the All Blacks. Double PE after lunch which involves lots of different sports like football, volleyball and handball. After school I have football training for my club Welling United. I play in the midfield where I can make lots of passes and runs. Football training starts at 7pm and finishes at 8.30pm.
I have basketball training for the school team at lunch time in the sports hall where we practise all of our basic skills like passing, dribbling and lay-ups. I enjoy basketball as it is very fast moving and keeps me on my toes. After school I have football training for the school football team. We usually play conditioned games where we focus on different ways of playing such as playing wide or playing quickly with only a few touches. We have a strong football team at the school and have won all of our games with our biggest victory being 12-1.
Before school I play basketball, starting at 7.20 and finishes at 8.25. We practise our basic skills and also do more game specific training. After school, I have rugby training where we work on our contact skills like tackling and rucking. Although I play at fly half, I love tackling. Our school team is very good and we have won four out of five games so far this year.
At lunchtime we have football training, which is a light session as we have played the night before. Mr Beaumont makes us think about how we played the night before and how we can improve for the following game. After school, I have rugby training for the school team. This is a light session where we work on our basic passing and running with the ball skills, as we have a game on Saturday morning so don’t want to be injured. After rugby training, I travel over to the Priory School for football training with Welling United. Here we work on game specific areas such as our structure and how we pass the ball around. This session lasts from 7pm until 8.30pm.