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UEA encourages youngsters to think of a career in sport

PUBLISHED: 15:04 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:04 13 February 2017

Sophie McKinna who taught children shotput as a in a brand new sports careers day and explore the diverse range of opportunities available in the sporting sector. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Sophie McKinna who taught children shotput as a in a brand new sports careers day and explore the diverse range of opportunities available in the sporting sector. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Students from nine Norfolk schools and colleges visited the University of East Anglian (UEA) to take part in a brand new sports careers day and explore the diverse range of opportunities available in the sporting sector.

A Sporting Future for All was held at the Sportspark and welcomed speakers from a variety of disciplines to discuss subjects including sports rehabilitation, marketing and communications, sports policy and public health and coaching.

“This exciting new initiative came about as part of an employability programme for undergraduates, when we saw the opportunity to extend it to local schools and colleges as part of our Outreach activities,” said UEA Outreach Officer Lauren Starkey.

“Students attended a series of interactive seminars and talks, with the aim of inspiring them to think about a career in sport or physical education through studying a sports-related subject at university level.”

Students were also encouraged to participate in taster sessions for a number of different sports, including a shot-put masterclass with GB star Sophie McKinna.

Students at UEA on Thursday were also able to have a go at powerhooping and wheelchair basketball.

Miss McKinna, 22, who is from Great Yarmouth finished second at British Athletics Indoor Team Trials in Sheffield over the weekend.

Her throw of 16.74m was only enough to see her finish runner up to Rachel Wallader, whose 17.43m effort saw her improve on her own stadium record. Adele Nicoll came third with 15.93m.

More than 40 UEA undergraduates also contributed to the day and talked to the students about their courses, experience and future ambitions.

“Outreach is committed to raising aspirations and widening participation within higher education from underrepresented groups,” added Ms Lauren.

“Events like this are always a huge success with students because it better informs them about their future opportunities and gives them a goal to work towards.”

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  • Well done Sophie, I just have to say that my son was a national junior record holder in athletics but unfortunately he didn't get the support to realise his dream. I hope you can make a difference.

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    Sarah B

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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