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Year 12 & 13 sports students attended a day at Marjon University, with a focus on the theoretical elements that our students are currently studying back at school; with the aim to not only inspire students to make their university choices and learn about the various courses on offer, but to assist them with their current academic work.
As we arrived at the University, we were both blown away by the curb appeal of the University. It looks extremely inviting and this was reinforced the moment we walked into reception; we were met by Terry and his team of ambassadors. We went straight into a short tour of the Uni, with the emphasis on student life, followed by a welcome to the campus and an outline of the day. It began with a seminar in Sports Psychology. This was relevant, engaging, informative and satisfied the competitive natures amongst us all! I was intrigued to see how our very own soon to be pro golfer, Harry Macauley performed under pressure; he was true to form and clearly benefited from the increased arousal levels and presence of a crowd.
After a quick bite to eat that was kindly provided by Marjon, we split into two groups; one went on a tour of the campus and were able to talk to the very well informed and exceptionally lovely student ambassadors whilst the other group went into a Sports Therapy seminar that was led by Hannah, 3rd year student. It was fantastic to see her in action and the reality that within a few years, our students could be in the same position. As a result of exposure to this course, it has led to one of our Year 12 students, Gabby, to now seriously consider studying this in the future. She was attracted to the hands-on approach of the course that allows the students to work directly with clients from all area of life right from the start of the course. Throughout the tour, we were able to see the results of the vast funding that has gone into the University. It had an incredible family feeling and has certainly developed over the 14 years since I left, and I loved it then!
The day progressed into the sports lab where Chris demonstrated the incredible technology that they have onsite, explaining how they integrate this into the various sporting courses as well as how it helps to support research. We were given the opportunity to try the golf simulator too! Then it was over to the students to be assessed in various fitness testing. They learnt the protocol, ethics, validity & reliability of conducting fitness testing; all of which has helped to support a current assignment the Year 13’s are completing. The tests included the grip dyno, 10 sprint using light gates, bioelectrical impedance for body composition, using the jump matt for the vertical jump and the Batak reaction wall. The highlight for some was being able to try the anti-gravity treadmill; it was great to see James (Year 12) use this as he had knee surgery a few months ago and has not been able to do much exercise since. They took his body weight down to 20% so it must have felt like he was waking/running on the moon! Chris was able to talk us through the benefits of using this machine and he did the same for the VO2 Max test.
The day was a great experience for all students. So many came away with more of a focus of what to do for the next step of their academic journey. Henry was not sure which Uni to confirm as his first choice and his insurance choice. He has now accepted Marjon to study Rehabilitation in Sport & Exercise and Cardiff Met as his insurance choice. Joe Maloney is going to enquire into changing his work experience placement as he would like to spend a week at Marjon instead. This is the only the beginning for Year 12, they are about to embark into the world of UCAS; selecting Unis and courses, writing a personal statement and applying. Exciting times ahead. In my opinion, it is vital to set a goal in order to boost motivation and consequently succeed!