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Posted: 01/03/13

Sports city inspires future graduates

University-level students from West Nottinghamshire College have just returned from a sport-filled residential designed to help them focus on their future careers.

Students and tutors from the foundation degree programmes in Sport and Fitness, Sport and Coaching, Sport and Coaching Development and Sport and Exercise Science attended a two-day visit to Manchester which included them being coached by sporting professionals and visiting world-class sporting facilities.

At the English Institute of Sport (EIS) learners took part in triple jump and hurdles athletics coaching by female coaches who were being filmed by Sky Sports News for their involvement in the forthcoming International Women’s Day (8 March).

While visiting the National Cycling Centre learners got to meet British Cycling’s performance director and coach, Sir David Brailsford, and watched members of the development squad in training. They also took part in track cycling and BMX riding at the velodrome.

During the residential students also went to Manchester City Football Club’s home ground – at the Etihad Stadium – where they discovered more about possible careers and job opportunities for the future.

The visit follows on from the Higher Education curriculum’s ‘Futures Fortnight’ held in January.

‘Futures Fortnight’ takes place each year to provide students on university-level programmes with opportunities to plan for their futures offering them the chance to meet specialists from a range of industries.

Student on the Foundation Degree in Sport and Exercise Science Simon Gunn said: “The visit to Manchester was awesome. It really opened my eyes to what career opportunities may be available to us after we’ve graduated from the degree. 

“The ‘Futures Fortnight’ is a very worthwhile programme to help university-level students plan ahead and gain career inspiration.”