Nescot sport students had a one off and unique visit from the American basketball player Frank Homes on Tuesday 15th January. Frank plays pro basketball for the Surrey Heat, based in Guildford, who currently sit third in the British Basketball League. Nescot lecturer Lance Finn has worked with the team since the 2011/12 season and has developed their use of sports science support strategies in optimising mental performance before and during each game.
Frank’s visit to Nescot provided the Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness students with a real life case study from a professional athlete, which they can use towards their own coursework. The students will use the information gathered from the visit to develop a six week psychological training plan designed specifically for Frank. At the end of the project Frank and Lance will choose the best training plans devised by the students who will receive tickets to a Surrey Heat home game. Sport student Harry Boyden commented, ‘What was interesting was learning how he prepares himself before a game so that he does not become over-anxious.’
At 6ft 9inches tall, Frank is a formidable height, but he immediately established a rapport with the students who were amused to hear they had something in common - a love for the computer game ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’. Who knows, maybe as part of the student’s strict training plans Frank might have to cut his computing game time to improve his on court performance. Luke Pharoah said, ‘I thought it was really good talking to an elite athlete about their performance.’
Nescot would like to thank the owner and the head coach of Surrey Heat for making the visit possible and for Frank for giving up his spare time.