Successful Summer for Strength and Conditioning at University of Gloucestershire
7th August 2018
This summer has provided a busy yet successful period for the Strength and Conditioning team and students. From a course perspective, the NSS provided some excellent news as the students gave a strong support for their course with an improved score and shows the value they place for their studies at the university. The Undergraduate course, led by both Rodrigo Aspe and Richard Clarke has gone from strength to strength. The students have benefitted from extensive opportunities to gain experience working with a number of professional teams in the wider Gloucestershire area, leading to a number of these teams providing studentships for high achieving students to carry on their studies at MSc level at the University. This is a great example of continuous applied lifelong learning for students studying at the University of Gloucestershire. And a specific example would be the progression of two students from the Undergraduate S&C degree to the MSc with funding from Bristol Bears (Gareth Harris) and Bristol City FC (Ieaun Jones).
A number of students the MSc Sports Strength & Conditioning degree attended the 14th Annual UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) Conference in August at the Stadium Milton Keynes. The UKSCA is the accrediting body for strength and conditioning professionals in the UK and the annual conference attracts the best researchers and coaches to talk from both the UK and other international associations. Two students submitted their dissertations to present their research findings. There were notable successes with the research submissions as Thomas Heelas (supervised by Dr Nicola Theis and Dr Jonathan Hughes) received a UKSCA travel grant to attend and present his work. Further, Thomas and Sam Applebee (supervised by Richard Clarke and Dr Jonathan Hughes and supported by Dr Paul Read from Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital) won the 1st and 2nd prize, respectively, for their abstract submissions. The feedback from the research panel of the UKSCA was very positive and complimentary to the range and quality of research being conducted by students at the university. This is a strong reflection on the research ethos and support the students receive from the academic team across the Community of Applied Sport and Exercise Science team.