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Sports enthusiasts flock to UCLan

27 February 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

More than 700 students take part in Careers in Sport Conference

More than 700 young sports people have come together at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to take part in an action-packed national sports careers roadshow.

The sports enthusiasts travelled from schools and colleges from all over the North West to enjoy a variety of hands-on activities, practical sessions and interactive workshops all designed to get them thinking about the many different sport related careers available to them.

This included sessions on working in sports communications, coaching, management, science and therapy to showcase the diversity of careers available within the sports and fitness industry. The students were also given the opportunity to test their own fitness and sports skills through elite coaching lessons and sports science laboratory demonstrations.

Nathan Browne, a 17-year-old pupil from King George V College in Southport, took part in a cycling test in UCLan’s sports science laboratory which is used by professional sports teams and athletes including Wigan Warriors.

“The taster sessions today have given me a good insight into the many possible sports related career options so I can start to focus on what I want to do.”

He said: “It was a great opportunity to try out some of the lab facilities at the University as we don’t have the chance to do things like this at college. The taster sessions today have given me a good insight into the many possible sports related career options so I can start to focus on what I want to do.”

Nathan’s teacher Darren Brookfield added: “All of my students have enjoyed the event and the many activities on offer have allowed them to relate what they learn in the classroom to real-life, practical roles. They’ve also benefitted from meeting industry professionals who have inspired the students to really push themselves.”

UCLan’s own students were also able to join in the activities as part of the University’s Our UCLan Student Engagement Week. A host of leading sports organisations were in attendance including the Sports Therapy Association, the Institute of Coaching and Performance, Camp Leaders, PE Recruitment and Primal Health Academy.

Head of the School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors at UCLan, Dr Adrian Ibbetson commented: “We’ve really enjoyed welcoming so many young people who want a career in sport to our Preston Campus. They’ve been able to take part in a variety of activities in our multi-million pound facilities and meet the many industry professionals who have helped out in today’s Careers in Sport conference. The event has showcased just what job opportunities are out there in the sports industry.”