University Centre South Essex: Sport degree partners with Dagenham & Redbridge FC

A UNIVERSITY Centre South Essex Sport student is working at Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club thanks to a partnership between the course and the team.

Tom Wilson, a Exercise, Health and Sport Performance BSc (Hons) degree student at the centre’s Southend campus, is currently on a placement with the club. He’s assisting the sport science lead with a range of roles such as monitoring player fatigue, supporting coaching sessions and rehabilitating injured team members. He’s also looking at ways in which the team can improve health and performance.

Tom said: “The placement helps me apply the theoretical side of practice. I have gained exposure to the real, results driven world of football and I can use this experience in my assessments.”

He has also faced challenges by working in sport throughout the pandemic. Tom added: “It’s shows how adaptable I have become, in the case of coaching with minimal equipment and not using any inside facilities. The players accept the situation and want to get the best out of it. The team is really missing playing in front of supporters though.”

Jon Morrison, Course Leader, said: “I’m delighted that Tom has been able to engage with work based learning, especially during these trying times. I’ve already noticed the positive effect it’s had on his studies, it will prove invaluable for embedding those essential skills that the industry demands.”

The club and course partnership offers students the opportunity to secure work placements with the first team. The connection also offers students the chance to gain feedback on their CVs from industry professionals plus members of staff at the club will give football career talks to the students.

For more information about the degree and to find out how to apply, visit https://www.southessex.ac.uk/course/exercise-health-and-sports-performance-bsc-hons

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