Category Archives: Support Projects

The School’s Use of Blog Sites for Student Development Showcased

The Lincoln Academy of Learning and Teaching (LALT) has showcased a project run by Kirsty Bundy, Senior Lecturer in Physical Education, as an example of innovative pedagogical practice shared via the LALT blog. Kirsty’s students update individual blog sites that cover all their teaching-related modules, facilitating regular reflection on their learning and the development of their teaching practice. Additionally, the blog contents help inform Kirsty’s support of the students through the personal tutoring system.

Full details of the project – which uses the WordPress platform – can be found on the LALT Blog.

Developing Sporting Ability in Lincolnshire with Inspire+

Gifted and talented primary school pupils in Lincolnshire recently attended a sport science themed day at the School of Sport and Exercise Science. Selected by their respected primary schools form across Lincolnshire, the children were supported by staff and students to develop a further understanding of sports psychology, fitness training and movement analysis.

Images courtesy of Inspire+

This is the first year of this cluster of Lincolnshire schools attending sport science days after several years of success with South Lincolnshire-based schools. The programme is run in partnership with the charity Inspire+ who commission the School’s delivery of workshops. More information on Inspire+ and their Gifted and Talented schemes can be found here:

Thank you to Geoff Middleton, who coordinates the days for the School, and all of the students and staff who contributed their time and expertise.

SU School of the Month for February!

We are delighted to have been chosen by the University of Lincoln Students’ Union as their School of the Month for February! Some of the highlights of the month were as follows:

  • The School held a very successful Careers in Sport LIVE employability event – one of only five in the country – on 11th February. Keynote speakers included Dr Steve Ingham (Director of Science & Technical Development at the English Institute of Sport) and alumnus Adam Housley (Technical Scout at Sunderland FC). Four other graduates were invited speakers: Leanne Woodhead (Notts FA), Paul Cook (Frontier Physical Conditioning), Aaron Hall (Macmillan Cancer Support) and Chris Turner (Table Tennis England).
  • The School Rep (Melissa Poole) and SDC Course Rep (Tom Ash) organised a charity row and bike ride in support of the Adam Gibbons Foundation Fund on 23rd February.
  • Staff, students and graduates ran an off-ice development camp for the National Ice Skating Association which included fitness tests and strength and conditioning, sports psychology and anti-doping workshops.
  • Students and staff ran workshops for primary school children from around the county that had been identified as ‘gifted and talented’, in conjunction with Grantham-based sports charity Inspire+.
  • A number of students got involved in an inclusive rounders project which lead to the creation of a festival that took place on 23rd February.
  • The School is now the sports science provider for the Godfrey Bikewear Race Team and have started providing regular physiological testing.

Thank you everyone for your contributions to the School’s success!

Supporting Paddlers Near and Far

The School’s students and staff have been busy over the last year supporting a number of very diverse paddlesport initiatives. Foremost amongst these has been the regular physiological and strength testing of elite junior kayakers from GB Canoeing’s Central Region. Members of the National Talent and Super Regional squads have been monitored using gas and lactate analysis as well as a battery of strength tests. A number of the paddlers have represented GB in overseas competition this summer, with two (Jordi Eccles and Emma Ricketts) competing at last weekend’s World Junior Championships in Szeged, Hungary. The recent purchase of two Weba kayak ergometers will enable us to expand our activities in this area.

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Third-year student Tom George has taken a lead role in the testing

We are particularly pleased to be able to support two local members of the National Talent squad: Peter Quittenton and Lizzy Gray, from Lincoln Canoe Club. In addition to their visits for testing, Peter and Lizzy have been receiving personal strength and conditioning instruction from Lecturer Tom Gee.  Peter won two silver medals at an international regatta in Piestany, Slovakia in June.


Peter Quittenton has impressed on the strength tests

We have also recently hosted the athletes from GB Canoeing’s Girls4Gold programme, a talent transfer pathway in which accomplished athletes from other sports are being developed as paddlers in preparation for Tokyo 2020. The squad were supported by our students for two strength and conditioning sessions, with the second being a strength circuit set up by third-year Sport & Exercise Science student Lee Corry.


 Lee Corry supervises his strength circuit

Finally, over the last year staff and students have supported young Aboriginal First Nations kayakers from the Pullers Canada programme (with “pullers” being the term preferred by the First Nations for paddlers). The youth – from the Musqueam and Toquaht Nations on Vancouver Island, British Columbia – do not have access locally to sport scientists. Instead their coach Jason Anson arranged for the paddlers and their families to ask questions via a series of web conferences. Senior Lecturers Sandy Willmott and Geoff Middleton answered questions about video analysis and nutrition, respectively, and MSc student Marco de Caro introduced them to some fundamental sports psychology principles. Senior Lecturer Adam Evans also advised Anson on sociological aspects of the project.

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Some of the Pullers, with their Coach Jason Anson (and the Lincoln Imp, in recognition of the School’s support!). Brothers Kyle and Robin Mack have already won four medals between them at the North American Indigenous Games that are currently underway.