University Welcomes Promising Young Oxfordshire Athletes

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Some of Oxfordshire’s most promising young sporting talent were given a taste of student life by the University of Worcester’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science earlier this month.

The 14 to 16 year-olds from North Oxfordshire, who all compete at a high level in sports ranging from athletics to archery and football to fencing, were welcomed to the University as part of the Schools Sports Partnership day.

The students represented schools including Bicester Community College, Blessed George Napier School, Gosford Hill School, North Oxfordshire Academy, Sibford School, The Cooper School and The Warriner School.

The event was geared towards introducing the young athletes to student life, giving them information about sports courses and career pathways and demonstrating the support on offer to student athletes, both in an academic and sporting sense.

The visitors were able to make use of the University’s state-of-the-art Motion Performance Centre and Human Performance laboratory, where they were able to test their reaction times, power and strength; and meet the University’s current elite student athletes, who gave valuable advice on how to balance the demands of studying and competing.

The athletes ended the day with a visit to the University of Worcester Arena to watch the Worcester Wolves basketball team – owned by the University – beat Surrey United in their British Basketball League (BBL) game.

Lauren Jack, a recent Sport and Exercise Science graduate who helped to facilitate the day, said: “It was great to welcome the young athletes and to give them a preview of what they can expect when they come to university. Balancing sport and study can be a worry for some prospective students, but with the support system that is in place here, there has never been a better time to excel in a sporting and academic sense at Worcester.”

For more information on courses available at the University of Worcester and how you can successfully balance sport and study come along to our Open Days, taking place on Friday 31st October and Saturday 1st November. 

For more information, or to book your place, visit the Open Day pages