Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Students given 'real world learning'

Undergraduates on our programme benefit from industry engagement throughout their time at UCLan.

Guest speakers are a regular feature of the Division's teaching, whilst students also enjoy numerous visits to areas of interest away from the University.

These have included a trip to Sportesse Performance Training Centre, who welcomed final year students for a tour of their excellent facilities in Chorley.

Visits like this support the learning experience, enabling our students to witness coaching in a real world environment.

Top names from the coaching world are regularly on campus to share their expertise. Dave Elliott, England National Academy Coach for the Rugby Football League (RFL), recently spent a morning on discussing his progression from playing the game to operating as an Elite level coach, with a particular focus on the technique of 'player profiling'.

In early 2015, top female coach Amanda Wilkinson will discuss her experiences of coach/athlete relationships. Amanda was the UK's first female level 3 coach and is the current England Students' Head Coach for the RFL.

Other upcoming events for include guest lectures by Sean Brown (British U23 Champion Olympic Weightlifter), Craig Richards (Coaching Systems Lead for GB Taekwondo) and a visit to Reebok CrossFit Spectrum in Preston.

Second year students also further their learning through guest speakers and industry visits. These include a trip to Preston North End FC to meet staff from the Football in the Community programme, plus guest talks by Derek Egan, County Development Manager for the Lancashire Football Association, and Dave Rotheram, Head of Talent and Player Development at the RFL.

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