Programme leader for BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences, Richard Buscombe, said, "It is great to receive this award for our tennis programme. Our diversity, creativity and the support on offer is what sets us apart, and these values are helping us to break down barriers in sport.
"UEL is an 'untraditional' tennis institution, but our inclusive approach is resulting in positive outcomes. We are providing access to tennis careers and mentorship to students from diverse and often disadvantaged backgrounds, and these are people who may never have considered a career in tennis until now.
"Our approach is already helping to create a more inclusive and forward-thinking workforce in tennis. We have a model of best practice in terms of partnership working, that coupled with the high performance sport element of our offer, means we are a unique institution in the UK University tennis landscape."
The variation in the programme has positively diversified the workforce skillset and the partnership between the local WimX and UEL has proven a great success in developing local talent into a strong workforce within the area. WimX takes several students from the programme every year into the varying coaching qualifications they offer. The students are then deployed across Newham and Waltham Forest to coach in local parks programmes.
UEL also has a dual career programme that enables students to successfully train at a high level, but also excel in academics. In recognition of the suitability to support individuals, the University became TASS Dual Career Accredited.