Sports Performance degree students at Writtle University College are being given the opportunity to learn first-hand in the industry and gain important work experience through a newly-formed relationship with Southend United Football Club.
The partnership is enabling students to bridge their knowledge and understanding from their academic studies in an applied setting.
The work includes providing support to the football club's sports science and medicine staff through player testing, using the Sports Science department's technology resources.
Third year student Adam Bantock is already on work placement at the football club and has been supporting Stef Russo, first team Head of Sports Science and Conditioning, throughout pre-season.
Adam said: “At Southend United I have had the chance to gain experience and develop my understanding of the coaching industry, as well as put my learning into practice. The course is a big stepping stone towards my end goal of becoming a strength and conditioning coach.”
Mark Williams, WUC Lecturer in Sports Science, who formerly headed the strength and conditioning programme at Southend United, visited the club's training ground with Adam to facilitate strength testing of players, using the recently acquired Nordbord.
Mark said: “This relationship is hugely important as it gives our students valuable experience of working with professional football players, which, in turn, helps put their learning at Writtle into real-life context. It is vital for students to build their CV not only with their academic qualifications but with experiences such as these.”
• For more information about our undergraduate sports programmes, visit writtle.ac.uk/UG-Sports-Performance