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UEL joins forces with West Ham United to offer unique new course

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UEL joins forces with West Ham United to offer unique new course

The University of East London has teamed up with the West Ham United Foundation to offer an exciting new course for anyone wanting to pursue a career in the sporting sector.

With the job market becoming increasingly competitive, employers are looking for applied experience as well as academic achievement.  This course promises to offer both.

The newly-created Applied Community Sports Foundation Degree is given an academic underpinning by UEL’s cutting edge school of Health, Sport and Bioscience.  It represents a fantastic opportunity to gain practical knowledge from within a Barclays Premier League Club as it prepares to move to a new Stadium on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The programme was launched at an open day at West Ham’s Boleyn Ground on 7 March.  Outlining the course to prospective students was UEL’s Head of Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences Dr Marcia Wilson and Chief Executive of the West Ham United Foundation Joseph Lyons.

“The West Ham United Foundation has been in existence for 25 years,” revealed Joseph, “but now education is very much our key focus.  When I arrived here a year and a half ago, one of the first things I did was to pick up the phone to UEL. This course has been two years in the making, to make sure we had everything in place.”

Dr Wilson, said “I am extremely pleased to be working in association with West Ham United Foundation to offer this exciting new degree programme. This kind of partnership offers students an outstanding academic as well as an excellent applied experience. The two-year foundation degree will provide students with an opportunity to gain valuable experience in a range of different areas related to community sport. Given the facilities that we have such as the SportsDock and the Boleyn Ground and in 2016, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, there has never been a better time to study for a sport-related degree in East London.”

As well as the academic experience that students will enjoy at UEL, there will also be the hands-on experience they can get working at West Ham football club, and at sporting events like the London Marathon.

“Right or wrong, contacts and networking is very important to get your foot in the door when trying to get a job,” explained Joseph Lyons.  “This course will give you two years to do that. If you don’t want to go onto do a full degree at the end of your two years, you will be well placed to go into a job.”


Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.