Going wild for sports science

BSc Sport and Exercise students have been supporting Durham Women FC Wildcats in Sport Science. Students have been using catapult GPS systems to quantify a range of parameters that measure physical performance. This opportunity not only helped students to develop their employability skills but it also allowed them to use the experience as dissertation research.

Simon Fairbairn, Course Leader, said: “Through using the GPS systems, the students have been able to gather great evidence, build confidence and apply theoretical knowledge in the real world which will support them in the future.”

This is a great chance for students to support a local elite club. They have been able to gather real life experience in the industry at a high level. Durham Women FC play against top teams such as Sunderland, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Sheffield and Tottenham Hotspur – providing links to the Premier League. There are further plans in place to support clubs in developing nutrition and hydration as well as conditioning sessions in training.

Richard Hall, Level 6 BSc Sport and Exercise Science, commented: “This opportunity has been hard work and time consuming, however, it has helped me to understand the requirements of the role if I choose to pursue a career in the sports industry.”

Students continue to support players, pre-season, in fitness testing to ensure the players get fitter, stronger and faster. With the support from New College Durham students, Durham Women FC hope to reach the FA Women’s Super League 1 (WSL1).  

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BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Development (Top-up)

This programme will top-up your foundation degree in a sport related area. It will provide you with a high level of knowledge and practical skills, to prepare you for a successful career in the sport and leisure industry. You will explore the science behind sport, human movement and physical activity.