Danish school hopes to emulate Plymouth College sports programme
Published: 27 February, 2013
Staff from a school in Denmark have visited Plymouth College to
gain some insight into running an elite sports programme.
Vestervangskolen in Esbjerg, Denmark, has been awarded elite sport
status with swimming as one of its target sports.
The Danish school has an exchange programme with West Exe
Technology College who organised the visit to the UK. After
hearing about the success of the Plymouth College/Plymouth Leander
elite programme, which sees world swimmers such as Olympic gold
medallist Ruta Meilutyte combine her training with her studies, the
Danish teachers were keen to find out more.
As well as visiting the Life Centre, the team spent an hour
picking the brains of Plymouth College Director of Swimming, Jon
"It was good to meet some like-minded people from another
country who are trying to set up something similar to what we are
doing here in Plymouth," said Jon. "The Plymouth College
model for elite swimming development is world-renowned and I wish
our Danish friends success and good luck in their quest to try
something similar in their country."