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Sports fanatics flocked to UCLan

12 November 2013

Rachel Atkinson

More than 1,000 students take part in Careers in Sport Conference

Pictured left: Harry Taylor and Matthew Wightman test their commentary skills

More than 1,000 sports enthusiasts descended on to the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Preston Campus to participate in a fun-packed careers roadshow.

The students, who came from across the North West, enjoyed a range of hands-on activities, practical demonstrations, interactive workshops and seminars at the Careers in Sport Conference.

The youngsters, who attended from regional high schools and colleges as well as UCLan, were introduced to a wide variety of career paths in the diverse sports world including sports science and nutrition, sports communications, sports teaching and sports management.

Students had a unique opportunity to act as a football commentator, took part in elite coaching sessions and tried their hand at ultimate frisbee. The delegates also had the chance to try Global VX, one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and competed in an indoor rowing challenge.

“It’s been really good to get a chance to do something so different as I’d never have the chance to test out my commentary skills in my normal day.”

Harry Taylor and Matthew Wightman, Year 13 pupils from Kirkbie Kendal School, were among those testing out their commentary skills on a recent FA Cup match.

Matthew said: “It’s been really good to get a chance to do something so different as I’d never have the chance to test out my commentary skills in my normal day. This taster session has made me think of football commentary as a career.”

Fellow pupil Heidi Kenny, who wants a career as a sports teacher, was among those who tested their rowing skills, while Dinesh Ramakrishnan, a third year nutrition and exercise sciences student at UCLan tested his muscle power as part of the physiology workshop.

A host of leading sports organisations were in attendance including the Hatton Academy, Premier Training International, Boxercise, Sports Leaders, PE Recruitment, Professional Footballers Association and YMCAfit.

“There are plenty of exciting career options in the sport and exercise industry and the national roadshow helped students discover these and they found out what it takes to succeed in their preferred field.”

Clint Godfrey, Senior Lecturer in Sport Development at UCLan, said: “It’s been great to see so many young people who want a career in sport on our Preston Campus. They’ve enjoyed taking part in a wide variety of activities in our multi-million pound facilities. It’s clear to see this event has shown just what job opportunities are out there in the sports industry.”

Harvey Grout, from Careers in Sport, added: “It was a fantastic event that was both enjoyable and educational. This year we had some key organisations exhibiting so there was a great opportunity for students and sports fans to meet and interact with them. There are plenty of exciting career options in the sport and exercise industry and the national roadshow helped students discover these and they found out what it takes to succeed in their preferred field.”

(Dinesh Ramakrishnan tests his muscle power with Dr Darell Brooks and Peter Adeyemo.)