Second-year student, Ryan Hemmings, is celebrating the start of a prestigious internship.
Ryan will spend a year working as a sports scientist for English Football League team, Leyton Orient, before completing his BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Performance at Writtle University College.
Leyton Orient FC, known as 'The Os', is the second oldest football club in London to play at a professional level. Ryan will put scientific knowledge learnt at Writtle into practice while developing hands-on skills in an elite setting.
Ryan said: "As an aspiring strength and conditioning coach, this Leyton Orient sports science internship is invaluable to gain experience, as well as putting me on this journey to achieve my dream. I have had the opportunity to apply key concepts in a real life scenarios, working closely with the first team to provide sports science/strength and conditioning duties. I am loving every minute and ready to give my all for the club."
Lecturer Mark Williams said: "I'm delighted for Ryan, he has worked extremely hard and thoroughly deserves this opportunity. Last year, Ryan expressed his ambition to work in professional football and this experience will be invaluable for his development, alongside his studies."
Writtle University College prides itself on professional relationships with organisations throughout the sports sector. The University College and Leyton Orient FC work in partnership to launch and maintain a Female Football Academy. Writtle University College has also demonstrated links with institutions such as Southend United Football Club, Essex County Cricket Club, Team OnForm, Essex Outdoors and PGL Travel.