UWTSD BSc Outdoor Fitness students train staff ahead of Swansea Triathlon


UWTSD BSc Outdoor Fitness students are helping to put staff through their paces ahead of the Swansea Triathlon, which takes place in SA1 on Sunday, May 28.

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The University is the main sponsor of the event, now in its second year, which is organised by Activity Wales Events. It starts at the Prince of Wales Dock and finishes in Castle Square in the heart of the city centre.The students are studying the module 'Personal Training', which runs across three different degree courses.

As part of the module they have studied the principles of fitness and training, and learned how to create a training programme for an individual working towards a goal. Each student (about 30 in total) has been allocated a staff member to work with as a personal trainer. They have had to write a training programme for this client, get it signed off by staff, and then meet their client regularly at the University Gym to train them. Four staff members have agreed to take part in the Swansea Triathlon, and their personal trainers have also agreed to participate - none have completed a triathlon previously.

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The trainers will continue to train their client up until the triathlon, and will be there with them to share the experience. The whole project forms the main assessment for their module.

Geraint Forster, Programme Director, BSc Outdoor Fitness said: "Developing practical and vocational skills alongside academic and theoretical knowledge is imperative for students nowadays if they are to gain meaningful employment when they graduate. The partnership we have developed with Activity Wales Events through the UWTSD sponsorship of the Swansea Triathlon is providing numerous opportunities for students to develop these essential skills. In this module for example, in previous years, students have written training programmes for hypothetical clients, or for their peers. This year they are gaining so much more experience by actually training real clients, who are attempting a challenge that they have never before experienced. The fact that the students are also going to take part in the triathlon means they can empathise with the emotions that the client is experiencing in the build up to the event. Developing these interpersonal skills alongside academic knowledge is essential for their future career development. Our new portfolio of BSc Sport and Exercise Science degrees, with specialist pathways in areas such as Outdoor Fitness and Sports Nutrition will provide further opportunities to tie in with the Swansea Triathlon in future years."

Jay Nicholson, Year 1 BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Outdoor Fitness) student said: "It has been really useful to get hands-on experience. It's great to get a chance to put into practice the knowledge that I have learned in lectures. Having a client that is working towards a specific goal has been great as it motivates both of us to work together to achieve his goals."

Guto Morgans, Year 1 BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Outdoor Fitness) student added: "My goal is to become a triathlon coach when I graduate, so this opportunity has really given me a taste of what it will be like to follow my chosen career path. I have been devising my own training for years, but doing it for someone else helps to develop a completely different set of skills that will hopefully come in handy in the future."


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