Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Students engage in real world learning

UCLan Sports Studies undergraduates recently organised a Sports Day for local primary school children.

Second year students welcomed over 60 nine and ten year olds to UCLan Sports Arena as part of the 'Healthy Schools are Sporty Schools' initiative.

The pupils from St Augustine's, Preston, braved the elements to take part in a variety of activities including football, hockey, tag rugby and netball.

The students planned the sessions and coached the children, delivering a fantastic day of healthy sporting activity. The event was designed to help the group gain valuable work experience in a 'real world' environment.

Student Harry Chandler commented: "The day went really well once we eventually started. The weather was something we couldn't do much about and we made the best of it. The event ran smoothly and everyone had a fun time."

The Sports Day was coordinated by Lecturer Chris Gunn. He said: "I'm truly proud of our students, especially their knowledge, manner and professionalism they demonstrated on the day.

"Paul McGrath, one of the teachers from the school, has asked if he can bring another group and said all the children had thoroughly enjoyed their day at the Arena."

To view a selection of images from the event please click here.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Graduate secures supervisory role

UCLan Sports Studies graduate Sophie Pilkington loved her time at the University so much she decided to stay on and work here.

After spending time as a Student Liaison Officer and a Student Engagement Assistant, Sophie has recently been appointed as a Duty Supervisor at Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre (STFSC).

Sophie's time as a student allowed her to gain a vast knowledge of sport and the sporting industry, both theoretical and practical. She said: "The course gave me the opportunity to discover and learn about the different areas of sport through the varied modules, allowing me to explore the career path I wish to take.

"I was given the opportunity to volunteer in Zambia, which was an amazing experience, and I also gained a lot from the support of the tutors throughout the three years.

"I've always been passionate about sport and being a student at UCLan has confirmed my desire to work in Higher Education, with a particular interest in the provisions of sport available to students. My new role is a wonderful opportunity and will allow me to explore my passion, develop my career within sport and let my skills flourish."

Whilst studying at UCLan, Sophie volunteered as Chairperson of our Netball Club. STFSC Manager Martin Baines said he had always been impressed with her organisation and enthusiasm.

"We need the right person to join the STFSC team, particularly front of house," said Martin. "Sophie has the ideal personality and welcoming smile to work here.

"She's had extensive experience with student life since graduating, and really impressed at interview with her professional demeanour, her keenness to be involved with projects and the day-to-day running of STFSC. I'm sure Sophie will be a great asset to us."

Sports Studies Course Leader Danny Nuttall added: "The team are delighted about Sophie's appointment. Not only is she putting to good use the knowledge and skills she developed over the course of her degree programme, but it's always a positive when such a hard-working, likeable and talented student returns to UCLan in some capacity.

"We're confident she'll be a resounding success and wish to congratulate her on her new role."