Junior Academy Sports

Spain champions of Queen’s own Euro 2016

On 19 – 20 May 2016, Queen’s Academy hosted its very own Euro 2016 competition! Around forty participants from Kilkeel High School, Bangor Academy and Hazelwood College took part in two days of activities through the Queen’s Academy Sports Programme. The programme aims to engage with young males from under-represented groups in Higher Education. It seeks to provide them with the chance to learn more about university life and the facilities and opportunities available at Queen’s, through the medium of sport. The participants competed in four teams, each representing a country taking part in the Euro 2016 tournament later this month: France, Germany, Portugal and Spain.

Over the two days the participants had the opportunity to take part in a range of exciting activities and experience some of the state-of-the-art facilities on offer at Queen’s. A highlight of the programme was the visit to the Movement Innovation Lab, located in the Physical Education Centre (PEC). Dr Alan Cummins from the School of Psychology gave the boys an insight into the way in which the lab attempts to put research into practice through the development of cutting edge training programmes designed to enhance athletes’ performance. A few lucky volunteers were able to try out some of the Virtual Reality and Motion Capture equipment located in the lab.

On both days the competition was hotly contested, with teams taking part in a number of challenges in an effort to win points for their team including a sports-themed quiz, fact-finding mission about their respective countries, and ‘sugar smart’ activity. The programme culminated in a five-a-side football tournament at the PEC outdoor training facility. France were crowned the winners of the tournament, however Spain still managed to clinch overall victory, having performed consistently well in all activities during the programme.

Thanks must go to Alan Cummins, the staff in the PEC for their help in facilitating the programme, and our student ambassadors Sam, Ryan, Ruairi, Kati and Phoebe for taking on the role of team captains. We look forward to hosting our Year 8 Sports Programme on 21 – 23 June!