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Generic Performance Test Days

The Human Performance Unit provides performance testing for schools with PE and Sport Gifted and Talented pupils (years 7-11). Our Generic Performance Test days provide aspiring athletes with an experience of detailed sport science fitness tests, individually assessed feedback of strengths and weaknesses, as well as a taster for sport science and a university.

Generic Performance Test days have the capacity for 15-30 pupils per day. The cost per pupil is £20.00 which includes performance test day and performance portfolio.

The fitness assessments are detailed below:

• Anthropometric measures
• Aerobic Capacity
• Explosive Power
• Speed
• Agility
• Anaerobic Power
• Balance
• Flexibility
• Strength
• Strength Endurance

Individual test results will be fed back as an Individual Performance Portfolio which details results, scores and a sport specific comments.
Scores are given on a scale of 1-5 (1 = low, 5 = excellent) based on HPU Generic Test Day age group and gender results.



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A typical G&T day includes tests which asses speed, agility, balance, flexibility and strength


‘I have been extremely pleased with the services provided by the HPU at Essex University in supporting our gifted and talented programme. The testing day is extremely well organised and the feedback provided is particularly useful for pupils to see what their current athletic strengths and weaknesses are’

Kate Cowley
G&T co-ordinator for the Castle Point and Rochford School Sports Partnership





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