British Olympic badminton player visits Cordeaux Academy

Cordeaux Academy's Year 9 Sky Living for Sports Leaders EMN-150519-104426002
Cordeaux Academy's Year 9 Sky Living for Sports Leaders EMN-150519-104426002
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Top badminton player Anthony Clark paid a visit to the Cordeaux Academy last week as part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport project.

Clark, who has represented Britain at two Olympics and won six Commonwealth Games medals for England, spent a day at the Louth school last Wednesday.

Sky Sports Ambassador Anthony Clark with Cordeaux Academy Year 10 students Jack Foxon and Jake Brader EMN-150519-104413002

Sky Sports Ambassador Anthony Clark with Cordeaux Academy Year 10 students Jack Foxon and Jake Brader EMN-150519-104413002

He gave a lesson with the Year 10 BTEC group, talking about the training required to be a badminton champion and showing them different techniques for speed, training and agility.

Clark ended the session with a ‘return the smash’ challenge which was taken up by Jack Foxon and Jake Brader. Jack managed to return a backhand smash, but the 180mph forehand eluded both.

He then spent time with the Year 9 Sky Living for Sports Leaders, undertaking team building and confidence-building activities as they prepare to deliver primary school sessions in the next few weeks.

They will be giving an hour’s coaching in either new age kurling or orienteering and will then help run a festival at Cordeaux.

* Last week, Cordeaux hosted a Primary School Goalball Festival where 134 pupils from seven different schools competed.

The event was run by the academy’s Year 10 junior sports leaders who had to set up six tactile courts with raised lines, as all the players were blindfolded, and then provide the umpiring, scoring, timing and crowd control.

The overall winners were Lacey Gardens 2, while Grimoldby 2 were runners-up.