Staying Game Ready: A Holiday Guide for ESCA Students

Jan 7, 2024

There is still over a week of school holidays left and ESCA students know that staying game ready is a mindset that goes beyond the campus. The break offers a perfect opportunity to recharge, but it's also a chance to maintain peak performance. In this blog post, we'll explore some tips and strategies to keep our ESCA students on top of their game during the holidays.

Create a Balanced Schedule:

The holidays are a time to relax, but it's crucial to maintain a balance. Design a schedule that includes dedicated time for both rest and activities related to your sport or cultural pursuit. This balance ensures you recharge without losing momentum.

Set Realistic Goals:

Identify achievable goals for the holiday period. Whether it's refining a specific skill, maintaining fitness levels, or engaging in cultural activities, setting realistic objectives will keep you focused and motivated.

Utilise ESCA Resources:

Take advantage of the direct access you have to your coaches, even during the break. Every student is given a holiday programme to maintain themselves and it’s important to stick to the plans put in place.

Stay Physically Active:

Physical activity is essential for maintaining peak performance. Incorporate enjoyable activities that align with your sport or cultural discipline. Whether it's a friendly game, a dance routine, or a cultural exploration, staying active will keep you physically and mentally fit.

Mental Conditioning:

Use the holidays to work on your mental game. Visualisation, mindfulness, and goal-setting exercises can contribute to mental resilience. ESCA emphasises the importance of a strong mind as much as a strong body, so dedicate time to mental conditioning.

Connect with Peers:

Engage with fellow ESCA students during the holidays. Whether it's through virtual meet-ups or collaborative projects, maintaining connections with peers fosters a sense of community and shared dedication to excellence.

Rest and Recovery:

While staying active is crucial, don't underestimate the power of rest and recovery. Adequate sleep, relaxation, and downtime are essential for rejuvenating both the body and mind. Ensure you strike a healthy balance between activity and rest.

As ESCA students, the holidays offer a unique opportunity to excel in both relaxation and preparation. By focusing on the points above,  you'll not only stay game ready but will also set the stage for an outstanding return to campus this year. Enjoy your last few days off!