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UEA alumni offer sporting career advice to young people

University of East Anglia (UEA) graduates offered advice to young people from across the region at an event encouraging them to consider a career in sport and physical education, which took place yesterday (8 February).

Around 120 pupils from 10 schools and colleges joined current UEA students at the event organised by the university, which featured a number of taster sessions, lectures and career talks.

Wheelchair basketball, karate and personal training were among the sessions on offer at the free event held at the Sportspark, Norwich.  

Youngsters were able to learn about a variety of careers including sports rehabilitation, sports policy, public health and entrepreneurship in sport.

Many of the speakers who shared their experiences were former UEA students who studied physical education before going on to a career in the industry or setting up their own businesses.

The event also featured teachers’ sessions, which gave information and advice to help them to support young people in their career decisions.

Kristina Garner, Academic Outreach Officer at UEA, said: “Many young people are interested in sport, but may not have considered studying at university because they are unsure of the possible career progression, or think that university is not for them.

“This event is part of our outreach programme that aims to broaden access to university. The number of young people from Norfolk going to university is below the national average, and this is something we’re very keen to tackle by showing them the wide variety of opportunities available and how they will be supported if they choose to study sport at a higher level.”

Daniel Arnold, a student from the College of West Anglia, spoke of the day: “I enjoyed today because we took part in a range of activities that we wouldn’t ordinarily get to try.”

Jake Berney, who graduated from UEA in 2017 with a Physical Education degree hosted a careers talk at the event. “It’s key to highlight the transferable skills students will gain that can take them into almost any career path,” he said. “It’s really important that students are aware of all of their options.”

For more information about the sports courses on offer at UEA, visit: www.uea.ac.uk/education

To see other taster events and information about studying at UEA visit: www.uea.ac.uk/study/info-for