School of Sport & Exercise Science

SPOTS: Students Supporting University Sports

April 6th, 2017 · No Comments · Students

We are delighted to have partnered with SU Activities to launch the SPOTS (Science Practitioners Of Team Sports) scheme this year. A number of students from the School were selected – after an interview process – to provide sports science support to university sports teams, and have been working with them this term in a variety of roles.

Well done to the pioneering cohort of practitioners, who have been supporting the following clubs:

Stuart Kirk (Men’s Hockey)

Jack Dos Reis Silva (Rugby League)

Charlie Wanstall (Women’s Football)

Georgia Viggers (Lacrosse)

Jack Urwin (Volleyball)

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This year’s SPOTS practitioners: Charlie, Georgia, Jack, Jack and Stuart

 

We are very grateful to SU Activities who have funded the scheme, and provided official hoodies and jackets. The School has been contributing use of equipment and laboratories, along with mentoring.

We hope to expand the scheme next year – keep an eye out for more details!

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Graduate Spotlight: Trev Mealing (YMCA Lincolnshire)

January 5th, 2017 · No Comments · Events

Congratulations to Trev Mealing who has been selected as Employee of the Year in the 2016 Lincolnshire Business Awards, in recognition of the work he has been doing with YMCA Lincolnshire. In addition to his own personal successes and progression, Trev’s selection reflected his significant contribution to the wider YMCA training team, who received the Excellence in Training award.

Trev (right) receiving his Employee of the Year award at the Lincolnshire Business Awards. (Photo: LincolnshireLive)
 

Trev started volunteering at the YMCA during the final year of his BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science programme. After hearing about a friend’s positive experiences he signed up as a volunteer gym instructor, a position that he recalls “allowed me to develop my skills further, help special population gym members to achieve their goals, and put into practice some of the new academic theory that I was learning on my degree – a true win for all involved!” As his confidence grew Trev felt able to start using his initative and make suggestions about possible improvements to the services offered. In recognition of his contributions, Trev became a paid member of staff before being invited by Dan Rogers – Commercial Manager for YMCA Lincolnshire – to become a tutor in their new Teaching Centre. The success of this initiative resulted first in a full-time position and then in Trev becoming the Lead Tutor, managing the Centre as a Head of Department.

“In the four years of commercial operation we have managed to make a great deal of partnerships with other training and education provides in the county…and now have funded contracts to help support those most in need, in addition to our core area of delivery – nationally-recognised vocational fitness-based accreditations such as Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer.”

The School were delighted to invite Trev to deliver the keynote presentation for our recent Opportunities Fair. Sharing his career experiences to date and emphasising the benefits of volunteering, Trev encouraged students to believe in themselves and not always simply take the easiest option. “Work hard, ask questions, and never be afraid of asking for help! This will give you the best outcome! Hard work is always rewarded, sometimes not as instantly, or as we first envisage, but it will be rewarded!”

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Trev delivering his keynote presentation to open the School’s Opportunities Fair
 

The Opportunities Fair provided the chance for students from across the School’s programmes to meet local employers and voluntary organisations, as well as seek guidance from the University’s careers and volunteering teams. The evening was a great success, with lots of contacts made and ideas exchanged, and we are very grateful to the following organisations for supporting the event: Lincolnshire Sport, Lincolnshire FA, Lincolnshire Council Volunteer Youth Services, University of Lincoln Sports Centre, Lincolnshire Scouts, Lincolnshire YMCA, OSB Events (Lincoln Half Marathon), Lincoln Golf Club, UoL Careers Team, Lincoln SU Activities and Volunteering Office.

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Subject Committee Update (December 2016)

December 11th, 2016 · No Comments · Events

Dan Bishop has produced a video summarising the key topics discussed at the recent School Subject Committee – comprising the School’s student reps and staff – as well as the actions that have been taken in response to those issues. Thanks Dan!

 

 

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School of Sport & Exercise Science 2016 Update Video!

October 24th, 2016 · No Comments · Publications, Staff, Students

The School’s inaugural video update is now available, with news on changes to our programmes, assessment procedures, student and School achievements etc! Thanks to Dan Bishop for creating the video, and please let us know what you think of it!

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Graduate Spotlight: Dennis Newton (Sweetwater Coaching)

October 6th, 2016 · No Comments · Graduates, Students

Congratulations to Dennis Newton who has received a British Canoeing Regional Volunteer & Recognition Award and been nominated for the National Award for his work in the UK with the Athlete Support Programme (ASP) and the GB freestyle team, alongside other projects for recreational paddling. These honours are just the latest recognition of Dennis’ passionate commitment to promoting freestyle kayaking and paddlesport in general.

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Freestyle kayaking – this is intentional! (Photo: Dennis Newton)

Dennis graduated from the BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science, where he was always searching for ways to apply new knowledge to his coaching of freestyle kayaking. In doing so, he taught everyone a lot about the sport: when he talked about “doing somersaults in my kayak” it turned out that he actually meant exactly that! In return, Dennis says his time in the School “helped me develop a valuable skill set, which I use frequently within my day to day career. In addition to enhancing my understanding and practical skills in physiology, psychology and biomechanics, it provided a strong grounding in the value and methods of research. These have proved invaluable in working with athletes and improving my coaching techniques.”

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Dennis preparing for his dissertation research, which explored the feasibility of 3D motion capture in freestyle kayaking.

Dennis was already a highly-accomplished coach within the sport, and he has continued that work through his company Sweetwater Coaching. Amongst his many achievements in this area, he has been British Canoeing’s Performance Coach of the Year, been Head Coach for Team GB and a number of other countries, and coaches eight time world champion Claire O’Hara.

Equally exciting has been Dennis’ promotion of whitewater paddling around the world, running courses across Europe and North America, as well as adventures on the Nile in Uganda. The enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment to excellence that he has brought to all of these projects led to his nomination for the Foundation Award at the 2015 World Paddle Awards. The profile that accompanied his nomination gives many further insights about Dennis and his work.


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Dennis’ coaching extends beyond paddling – dancing in Uganda (Photo: Dennis Newton)

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