Sports degree students test physical fitness of Southend United FC players

January 2018

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Two of our Sports and Exercise Performance degree students went to Southend United Football Club to test aspects of the physical fitness of the first team squad’s players.

They worked alongside the team’s strength and conditioning staff to run hamstring strength testing on the players as part of their wider testing and screening processes.

The experience gave them an excellent insight into the athletes’ day-to-day training and working within a coaching team.

Nikki Fairbairn and Claire Campbell were the students who took part in the exercise.

Nikki said: “I am very grateful for the opportunity to visit Southend United FC and the valuable insight into the athletes’ training and testing process, relating to the knowledge gained in our Strength & Conditioning module.”

Claire added: “Visiting Southend United was a brilliant experience and gave me an insight into how coaching and fitness testing is applied within professional sports clubs. Everyone at the club was very welcoming with many coaches and players showing great interest in the new testing equipment Writtle has to offer.

“I think practical experiences like these are important for students as it can open new avenues of opportunity and thought when thinking about their progression after graduation.”

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