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The Department strongly believes in reinforcing the academic content of our degree programmes with applied work opportunities for students. Here students can apply theory into practice by working closely with athletes and coaches to support performance and perform research.

"Lecturers prepare you to think about the practical application of scientific theory in the real world, so when you work in a sports environment your opinion is valued and appreciated"

— Matthew Fairbank,
Sport and Exercise Sciences Student and Intern at Widens Vikings RFC

To facilitate student development, the Department has strong working relationships with numerous sporting organizations. Some examples of past and present organizations are listed below:
  • Angling Trust
  • Cheshire Jets basketball club
  • Chester City FC
  • Cheshire Lawn Tennis Association
  • Chester RUFC
  • Chester Triathlon
  • City of Chester swimming club
  • English Institute of Sport
  • English Cricket Board, England squash
  • England Touch Association
  • GB Archery
  • GB Track Cycling
  • GB Paralympic Cycling
  • GB Boxing
  • GB Goal Ball
  • GB Paralympic Swimming
  • Kings Rowing Club
  • MK Dons
  • PGiR Limited
  • Port Vale FC
  • Rugby Football League
  • Rugby Football Union
  • Swim Wales
  • St Helens RFC
  • Stoke City FC
  • Team Evans
  • UK Athletics
  • Warwickshire County Cricket Club
  • Warrington Wolves RFC
  • Welsh RFU (North Wales region)
  • Widnes Vikings RFC
  • Wrexham Triathlon

Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club

Students may apply for an Internship in the disciplines of Performance Analysis, Exercise Physiology and Strength and Conditioning. Following a formal  application and interview procedure, appointed students work on a voluntary basis in each of the described areas. Under the guidance of the lead sport scientist, Director of Youth Performance and Player Performance Manager, students are responsible for working with youth players engaged in the club's Scholarship Programme.

Responsibilities include video analysis of individual/squad training (Performance Analysts), individual coaching of the gym-based programmed (Strength and Conditioning) and quarterly fitness testing of players (Exercise Physiologists). Work takes place both at the Wolves' training facilities and in the Department's various laboratories. Therefore, students are provided with excellent opportunities to apply theory in a real-world professional environment, and develop various skills to enhance employability beyond their studies.

English Institute of Sport

In collaboration with the English Institute of Sport, we have applied MSc placements working with the Olympic cycling squad's performance analysis team. Throughout the placement students have the opportunity to implement their knowledge and understanding of performance analysis within a world class applied setting. Students spend one day per week with the analysis team in Manchester working on performance-based projects. This enables students to gain valuable experience of assessing, implementing and working within a full-time performance analysis environment.