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Students on the Foundation Degree in Sports Performance
Students on the Foundation Degree in Sports Performance will be able to use the world class sport facilities at the University of Bath, which include an indoor running track, 50 metre swimming pool and world-class fitness suite. Olympic athletes, including sprinter Jason Gardner and pentathlete Georgina Harland, also use the facilities at the University. (Courtesy of Matchtight Ltd.)

Press Release - 06 December 2004

New foundation degree targets top sports stars of the future

The new part-time Foundation Degree in Sports Performance will help those young sports people who traditionally miss out on degree-level study because they have chosen to focus on achieving their sporting goals.

As well as giving them the opportunity to study in an area in which they excel, they will learn about the key principles of sports performance at the same time as improving their own sporting abilities.

As part of their course, the students will work with the highly acclaimed sports coaches at the University and make the most of the world class sports facilities on the campus.

These facilities, which include an indoor running track, 50 metre swimming pool and world-class fitness suite, are also used by Olympic athletes including sprinter Jason Gardner and pentathlete Georgina Harland.

The Foundation Degree is a significant development in the University’s commitment to providing flexible academic opportunities for talented sportsmen and women.

This commitment began as far back as 1976 with the first 'sports scholars' and has continued more recently with pre-degree and degree courses for athletes such as Olympic judo medallist and 2004 flag-bearer Kate Howey, England netballer Pamela Cookey, former TeamBath FC football captain Kevin Watson and Matt Clay, British record holder in the 50m backstroke and regular national squad swimmer.

The Foundation Degree is a new level of study introduced by the Government to help students bridge the gap between A-level and degree-level study.

Students who graduate from the Sports Performance course will have a formal qualification that they can either ‘top-up’ with further study to achieve a Batchelor's degree (BSc), or use once their sporting careers come to an end.

The three year part-time Foundation Degree starts in January, with a two year full-time version of the course starting in September 2005.

“This new programme reflects the status of the University of Bath at the forefront of sports performance as an academic discipline,” said Nicky Fossey-Lewis, Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sports Development and Recreation at the University.

“It is an exciting programme and will provide students with a unique opportunity to study, train and develop their capabilities within a field in which they excel.”

Students on the course will learn about the key components of a successful athlete including human structure and function and mental skill development. They will also study exercise, nutrition and lifestyle management issues and their impact on performance.

“The students can also specialise in developing their abilities in their chosen sport and their studies will provide them with the necessary tools and information to give them the best possible opportunity to maximise their potential,” she continued.

The new course has yet to receive final approval from the University's Senate, but this is expected to happen on 15 December.