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UCLan extends National Mountain Sports Centre partnership

07 October 2015

Michael Black

Students benefit from training with Plas y Brenin

Outdoor leadership and adventure sports coaching students at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will continue to enjoy practical sessions with the UK's top provider of outdoor adventure activities following confirmation of an exciting partnership between the University and Plas y Brenin.

After a successful trial period the University has now officially teamed up with the National Mountain Sports Centre in North Wales where they will help deliver selected courses over the next three years.

Students will benefit from the expertise of UCLan and Plas y Brenin staff as they undertake a diverse range of modules. These will develop their practical, coaching and leadership skills via a variety of activities including mountaineering, rock climbing, white water kayaking, sea kayaking, mountain biking and canoeing.

UCLan's Institute of Coaching and Performance will also work closely with Plas y Brenin on research projects, including understanding the judgement and decision making processes of experts in adventure sports, which will help to influence the future development of the outdoor profession over the next decade.

UCLan outdoors senior lecturer Loel Collins said: "We're very excited be in a position to maintain our relationship with the National Mountain Sports Centre. It's a partnership that reinforces UCLan and Plas y Brenin as leaders in the field of development in this sector.”

"UCLan is committed to helping its students achieve and surpass their goals, and to helping them convert their learning into rewarding careers in the outdoors.”

Dave Cheetham, marketing manager for Plas y Brenin, added: "We're over the moon to be working with UCLan's students and their staff, and we hope it will be a relationship that extends long into the future.

"UCLan is committed to helping its students achieve and surpass their goals, and to helping them convert their learning into rewarding careers in the outdoors. We're convinced Plas y Brenin can play a significant part in helping them do that.

"Alongside top-class coaching, world-class facilities and state-of-the-art-equipment, the students will also have the benefit of being immersed in the exciting and inspiring world of a National Sports Centre, surrounded by high performance athletes, coaches and enthusiasts all eager to help.

"They'll share time with many of the country's most successful climbers, paddlers and riders, and have the opportunity to communicate directly with decision makers from the governing bodies of those sports.

"With input from the best in the business at UCLan and Plas y Brenin, these students will enjoy the best foundation for a career in the outdoor industry."