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New, state-of-the-art sports science laboratory unveiled in SportsDock

UEL docklands campus

Sports science students will benefit from cutting-edge fitness-testing equipment

By Lee Pinkerton 

A new sports science laboratory has been officially unveiled at the University of East London (UEL) by Charmagne Barnes, Dean of the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience.

The impressive facility, which is located at SportsDock at UEL’s Docklands campus, gives students the opportunity to hone their skills using the very latest fitness-testing equipment.

Sports Science lecturer Andy Galbraith said, “Students learn the theory in their lectures and now they can come to a space in the same building where they can get the practical hands-on experience teaching them those key sports science skills.

“They can do all of the key tests that an elite athlete would have done to assess their fitness. It’s all about monitoring what is going on in the body and that helps to understand the physiology that underpins it.” 

As well as being an educational facility, the state-of-the-art lab will also be available for use by external sports teams and organisations.

Richard Buscombe, Interim Head for Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences, said, “Something that we are looking at for the future is growing this into a consultancy.

“We’ve already had national-level fencers and players from Leyton Orient football club here. 

“A facility like this gives us the scope to grow into those areas so it will become something that is used by members of the public. It’s a project as much as it’s a facility.”