Sporting partnership’s student opportunities

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Sheffield Hallam University’s Academy of Sport and Physical Activity is forming a partnership with South Yorkshire Sport, to provide students with opportunities to work on community sport projects in the region.

Senior Academy lecturer, Chris Cutforth, said: “As student expectations and the needs of employers continue to develop and change, partnerships and collaboration with the sports industry are a vital part of enhancing the student experience.

“This partnership enables us to work together to increase the number and quality of opportunities for students to take part across the whole county. This partnership will formalise our relationship with South Yorkshire Sport, enabling us to work together over the next five years to deliver mutually beneficial partnership activity.”

Sheffield Hallam University’s Academy of Sport and Physical Activity brings together sport courses and world-renowned research centres to offer a major centre of excellence for sport industry education, research and consultancy services.

This new partnership includes a student internship programme which will provide eight students per year with valuable work experience; a guest lecture programme involving SYS staff sharing their industry knowledge and experience; coach education provision, enabling students to gain coaching awards and practical coaching experience; leadership and volunteering opportunities; and research collaborations, providing opportunities for students to apply their research skills to real world sport development problems.

South Yorkshire Sport director of operations, Helen Marney, said: “We’re very pleased to formalise our partnership with Sheffield Hallam University’s Academy of Sport and Physical Activity.

“I’m certain the partnership will reap benefits for the students, both organisations and ultimately for the sports industry by adding to the quality of the workforce.”