The Sport Academy programme is a series of coaching, training and competition activities in your chosen sport, wrapped around a vocational study programme. Each Sport Academy works in its own unique way. All provide up to 8 hours of group or individual coaching/training per week over 4 sessions, with competition provided where appropriate by British University and College Sport (BCS) structures and/or the National Governing Body of the sport. As an individual, you can still play and compete for your local club. Additionally, you will be able to gain a Sports Coaching and/or Volunteering Award in your chosen sport.
The College has formed partnerships with international squads and world-class professional sports clubs to provide a high quality coaching environment. However, the College also maintains its strong links with local community sports groups at all levels and National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of Sport. This provides a ladder of opportunity for students to progress from grass roots level involvement to elite sports participation.
The Sports Academies hosted athletes from India, Nigeria, Tanzania, China and Vietnam for their pre-Games training camps immediately before the London 2012 Olympics, two of whom won medals (one gold, one silver) and we are continuing to build on our strong international links working with elite level athletes from around the world. Several of our Academy staff also performed pivotal roles at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Sports Academy programmes are available to both males and females, and will operate in accordance with legislative requirements and operational capabilities.
The College is working with National Governing Bodies of Sport and community partners to develop programmes for women’s sport in particular.