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'I am lucky enough to be part of the elite athlete scheme here at the University – it’s allowed me to study at a high academic level while reaching new levels within my sport, giving me the best chance of success in my career.'
Teesside University was a great choice for me to ensure I could achieve my highest potential academically but also within my sporting career. I play football for Sunderland Ladies, so studying at Teesside allowed me to stay at home and be available for training. It provides balance in my busy lifestyle. I was also impressed by the campus and the facilities – particularly the hydrotherapy pool and environmental chamber.
I wanted to study sport science because it could give me the chance to study a master’s degree in physiotherapy when I finish my studies. I also know of graduates from this course who have gone on to great graduate roles and postgraduate study.
I like the diverse range of topics we cover, from anatomy to the psychological impact of sport to physiology in different environments. The course at Teesside also provides us with knowledge across the whole spectrum of sport science, so I will leave here with an understanding of all of the disciplines working in the sport science sector.
The facilities at Teesside really do give the campus the edge. Having access to a vibrant library and Students’ Union ensures that coming to university is never a chore for me. The demographic around the area is huge and it allows you to meet a lot of different people from all walks of life. There’s always plenty to do and Middlesbrough has easy access to big cities like Newcastle, York and Leeds.
I play women’s football at the University and I am also on the committee and coach for the women’s hockey team. Being a part of the clubs has definitely changed my experience of university for the better. Being in a leadership role within the hockey club has made me more confident and introduced me to a great network of people to broaden my own knowledge and understanding.
I would recommend Teesside University because of its student-centred approach to learning. You have a great opportunity here to excel both within your studies and in extra-curricular activity. I am lucky enough to be part of the elite athlete scheme here at the University – it’s allowed me to study at a high academic level while reaching new levels within my sport, giving me the best chance of success in my career. In the future I would love to become a physiotherapist while playing football at the highest level.