In September 2016 Leweston was awarded Pentathlon Academy status by Pentathlon GB, making it one of only nine schools in the country to enjoy this status. The award has been made in recognition of the support and contribution the school has made to the sport of Modern Pentathlon and the development of school and local community athletes. Leweston makes a significant contribution to the PGB Pathway and is one of the cornerstones of the GB Squad.
The Academy caters for athletes of all abilities and any pupil in the school can join, they just need to show an interest in multi-sports events and be willing to work towards improving their performance. Leweston’s highly experienced resident Coach, Mick Flaherty, organises and delivers dedicated training and mentoring programmes tailored to individual needs and abilities.
The programme is divided into three stages:
Development: for younger athletes from Year 3 upwards and athletes that come onto the programme with little experience, or those who do not wish to be part of a full training programme and just take part in local events and competitions.
Potential: for athletes who have been following a regular training programme; have been taking part in local events regularly and have started to take part at a regional and national level. This stage is also for younger athletes who show the potential to move into the Performance Squad.
Performance: for athletes from Year 9 and above who have been on a regular training programme for at least one year. They will have been taking part in national events and are looking to move to a more challenging training programme with more regular national competition.
This year the Academy has had athletes competing at all levels of the sport from their first event to Regional, National, European and World Championships.