UCLan Sports Coaching undergraduates recently visited St George's Park National Football Centre for a first-hand look at an elite sporting environment.
As part of their final year studies, the group viewed the range of support services available to England's top footballers at the Burton-upon-Trent venue.
During their tour of the facilities, students took part in a variety of activities including a dynamic warm-up and plyometric session, body composition analysis and Hydroworx underwater treadmill running.
The students said they thoroughly enjoyed their visit. Aimee McKeown commented: "The trip certainly opened my eyes and provided me with better knowledge of the subjects we experienced.
"I wouldn't have got an opportunity like this if I was studying back home in Belfast, as we just don't have these type of facilities. It was a top day and a quality experience."
Emils Curtis added: "The whole day was amazing. It was great to see the facilities elite athletes are able to use and what support they may receive if they get injured.
"This trip has been one of my best days since I've been in England and I definitely won't forget it. Being able to swim in ice cold water and run on the underwater treadmill was the highlight. If there's another trip like this in the future it would certainly be something not to miss out on."
The visit was facilitated by Perform - the official healthcare provider to St. George's Park. To view a selection of images from the day please click here, or to check out video footage please click here.