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Country's First Disability Sport Degree Launched in Run up to 2012 Paralympic Games

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As the 2012 London Paralympics Games draw closer, the University of Worcester has launched a new named degree for those wanting to study and ultimately work in disability sport.

Building on the University’s extensive experience in this field, the Sports Coaching Science with Disability Sport course is believed to be the Country’s first degree dedicated to producing experts in disability sport.

The degree is an extension of the University’s innovative sport disability modules on its popular BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching Science pathway. Through exposure to cutting edge research in the performance analysis of disability sport, students will be in an ideal position to become the leading exponents in their field, perfectly equipped to develop the Country’s next generation of Paralympians.

Mick Donovan, Head of the University’s Institute of Sport & Exercise Science, said: “What better time to be launching a new course in disability sport, than the year when the Paralympic Games come to Great Britain? It is anticipated that the Games will inspire large numbers of adults and children with a disability to want to get involved in sport and exercise and with that comes the need for more coaches, volunteers and teachers to work in the field.

“Many of our staff and students are involved in the Paralympics this year and we have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with students interested in a career in this field.”

The University has an excellent reputation for supporting youngsters and athletes at all levels in a range of disability sports and, significantly, a growing number of students continue to find employment during and post study.

The University is the home of the regional wheelchair basketball centre, the Worcester blind football team and several national blind football players and coaches, the innovative dyspraxia club and the Worcester Snoezelen centre, an independent charity supporting people with disabilities.

Mr Donovan said: “The vision to inspire, include and innovate at all levels in disability sport is being realised as partnerships with disability sports governing bodies, special needs schools and universities from around the world continue to flourish. Additionally, there are several members of the staff and student body who have gained international recognition in numerous disciplines including blind football, deaf rugby and adapted rowing.”

For information on the course visit www.worcester.ac.uk or for application enquiries telephone 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk