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Thursday 3 October 2013

172 new sports students begin degrees

On a bright, crisp September morning, 172 Health, Exercise and Sport Science (HESS) students arrived at Southampton Solent University’s East Park Terrace campus to begin a journey that will take them three years to complete.

The students were welcomed onto courses in BSc (Hons) Applied Sport ScienceBSc (Hons) Sport CoachingBSc (Hons) Fitness and Personal TrainingBA (Hons) Fitness Management and Personal Training, and BSc (Hons) Health, Exercise and Physical Activity.

Before that journey could begin lay five full days of activities, designed to help develop friendships and introduce them to their new life as HESS students at Southampton Solent University.

These activities would test their communication, team work, problem solving and interpersonal skills and enable them to develop friendships and familiarise themselves with key areas of the University.

BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science students undertaking fitness tests at 9am

The activities ranged from fitness testing to team building exercises, and from navigation tasks to leadership training with the British Army.

One Applied Sports Science student commented that “…the week was long and hard…at times there was a lot to take in but I loved it”, whilst one Sports Coaching student said “The leadership training was excellent and really encouraged us to get involved.”

BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching students developing leadership skills with the British Army

Meanwhile the Fitness and Personal TrainingFitness Management, and Health, Exercise and Physical Activity students were performing other tasks, one of which included devising a project to enhance the health and wellbeing of Southampton as a community in conjunction with National Fitness Day on Friday 27th September.

For this task they devised a business plan and presented to a group of University staff in a similar process to that of TV’s ‘Dragon’s Den’.

First year leader, James Fisher commented; “the ideas were both creative and viable ranging from plans to change government policy on fast-food packaging, reducing alcohol intake and organising a points-reward system for gym/fitness class attendance and healthy food purchases within the University”.

We hope all our new students have an enjoyable and rewarding time over the next three years at Solent.