Students at Friesland School are taking part in specialised ‘Get Fit for Exams’ sessions which have been organised by Erewash School Sport Partnership.
Ex-professional tennis player Jade Windley is leading the Youth Sport Trust workshops, which will run until June, with the aim of preparing Year 9 and Year 10 students for exams that they will take in the future.
Jade won three singles and 16 doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. Her best singles ranking was world number 279 and she peaked at 159 in the doubles rankings.
During the first session at Friesland she talked to students about her career and what their focus would be in the coming weeks.
She said: “We will be dealing with resilience in school and in general life and looking at how to manage your emotions. We want to give you mechanisms to enable you to cope with your exams. We’ll talk about dealing with nerves and stress, sleep, nutrition and hydration. We’ll look at setting you a few goals and discussing some next steps for after the sessions have finished.
“It’s about developing good habits, eating well, sleeping well and your attitude, you are in control of it. It’s about dreaming big but breaking it down into smaller achievements.”
The sessions, funded by Active Derbyshire, are being delivered by the Youth Sport Trust through Erewash School Sport Partnership.
Rhian Lilley, ESSP strategic director, said she hoped that students would feel the benefit of the sessions.
She said: “We know how important it is for students to develop coping strategies at a young age so that they are able to deal with the pressure of exams and the skills that they will learn will also be beneficial for them in their daily lives too. Jade is a fantastic motivator and we can’t wait to see the results of the sessions and how they benefit the students involved.”
Craig Lilley, head of PE at Friesland School, in Sandiacre, said they were thrilled to be running the Get Fit for Exams sessions.
He said: “This is a massive opportunity for our students and we are really pleased to be running these sessions. We want our students to be more resilient, to be able to focus and cope with distractions when they are facing their exams so it’s important to start this process early. Jade is a fantastic role model.”


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