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Australian Students Learn About Sport at the University of Worcester

A group of students from an Australian university spent time at the University of Worcester to learn more about the study of sport in the UK.

Worcester’s School of Sport and Exercise Science hosted 25 students and 4 staff from the School of Sport and Nutritional Science at Deakin University, Melbourne, as part of a two-week Study Tour they were undertaking in the UK.

The students are studying a module based on global experiences in Sport and Exercise Science and spent two days at Worcester taking part in activities such as performance analysis, wheelchair basketball and blind football.

Vanessa Jones, Director of Academic Partnerships in the School of Sport and Exercise Science, said: “We were delighted to welcome the students and staff from Deakin and to show them some of our outstanding work in sport. As well as activities at the University, we took them for a tour of the Worcester Warriors stadium and training facilities, which included workshops with the Warrior’s Head of Performance Analysis, Thomas Tench, and Head of Performance Nutrition, Jordan Higgins.

“In the evening we went out for ‘pie and mash’ in a quintessential Worcester hostelry followed by a Ghost Tour, which was well received as part of the English Christmas experience.

“We very much look forward to developing this partnership with Deakin University further, which we hope will see some of our students travelling to Australia to spend some time at their university.”

The University of Worcester has developed a global reputation for excellence in inclusive sport and is working with organisations across the world to share best practice in this field, including with the Japanese Paralympic Committee, in developing a legacy for the 2020 Tokyo Games. In addition, Worcester has partnered with the World Academy of Sport to deliver inclusive teacher education around the world. One of the first programmes to be developed will be with the IPC Academy, the global educational division of the International Paralympic Committee.

As part of this inclusive approach, the University has a focus on Women in Sport and Exercise (WISE) with a range of ongoing projects research and activities at both local and European level, which was of particular interest to the visitors from Australia.

The Deakin University students also visited Liverpool John Moore’s University, Birmingham University and the University of South Wales as part of their UK tour.