Last week, a group of us (14 first year A-level PE students) went to Loughborough university to experience the facilities and study the opportunity’s available to us. We got a brief insight into university life and the courses available.
The trip was a success and we as students learnt a great deal about the prospects that are available to us to study if we so desired to go into that area in the future. We had a day filled with lectures explaining the courses starting with biological sports science and sports technology and material where we learnt about some of the areas that we would cover if we took the course in a few years. However before the lectures, we had a brief fitness test where we got to test some of the equipment that would be used in research if we were to partake in a university course at Loughborough detailing in sports science and technology. This gave us a good idea into the everyday life’s of students and the levels of equipment that they were allowed to use or experiment with.
Next, we progressed onto the tour of the sports facilities and space that Loughborough students worked and completed research in whilst studying there. This was amazing to witness and everyone was surprised to see the vast range of athletes and elite performers who were training and partaking in education in the high performance centres, gyms, athletics tracks and pools. We learned that the athletes trained on similar areas to students and that students could end up keeping fit and training alongside some of the top performers in the world. In my opinion, the thought of working alongside Olympians and world champions is a huge reason why a lot of us were interested in the prospects of attending the university.
Overall, the trip was a success and we all came away with many positive reasons for pursuing a education or jobs in sport further and increased motivation to complete A-levels to the best of our ability to enable us the greatest chance of attending the university if we wanted to do so.
Article by Ben Haylett (Yr12 A-Level PE student)