School visits

We offer an exciting and inspirational experience where pupils get the opportunity to experience a day in one of the UK’s leading higher education institutions. World renowned as a centre of sporting and academic excellence, pupils are given the opportunity to view world class sporting facilities and gain an insight into university life and what it means be a Loughborough University Student.

The day

Here at Loughborough University we endeavour to meet the curriculum needs of your school. The morning activities of your school visit will be based around an Introduction to Higher education and a tour of the world class facilities at Loughborough University. The afternoon will allow students to attend specific workshops which are outlined below. If there are alternative workshops that you would like us to cover please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you!

Workshops

Sports nutrition

Learn how a healthy balanced diet is adapted to fit the needs of training and competition for different sports and events.

Identify the main nutrients and their role within sport; understand the concept of energy balance, and how to read food labels.

Learn how to make your own sports drinks from scratch!

Sports psychology

Learn what the term sport psychology means, how professional sports people use sport psychology, and how they can use sport psychology to improve their sport performance

Understand how what is learned in sport can transfer to other areas of their lives, including academic and professional activities.

Topics covered can include team building, communication, mental toughness, imagery.

Fitness testing - field-based

Learn what fitness is, the different components of fitness and how fitness can be tested.

Understand why fitness testing is carried out and the conditions that fitness testing takes place, as well as how athletes and coaches use fitness testing to improve performance.

Try out a variety of fitness tests including; speed, agility, leg power and hand grip strength tests and collect the data to take away using speed gaits, jump mats and hand grip dynamometers.

Fitness testing - lab-based (16+)

lease note that we can only have 12 pupils in the lab at one time and thus these sessions are available on request, particularly if you would require more than one session. Please contact us for more information.

Be provided with an overview of the sports science support work undertaken by the university and receive a hands-on practical experience of fitness testing in a laboratory.

Have the opportunity to take part in a VO2max test, Wingate test and to assess their strength on a Concept II Dyno. The group can take their results away with them, including oxygen uptake data from the on-line gas analyser.

Understand the concept of VO2max and how it is measured and why athletes undertake such testing and how it can be used to guide training and predict race performance.

Practical workshops

In addition to academic workshops, students will be given the chance to participate in a range of team games and be coached by Loughborough students who have gained coaching qualifications and training in their chosen sports. The following sports are available alongside the above workshops:

  • Handball
  • Dodgeball
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Performance lifestyle

Learn what performance lifestyle is and how professional sports people use performance lifestyle to support their personal and professional development

How to develop the necessary skills needed to cope with the unique demands of being an elite performer such as; transitions: from club level to performance, from school to university.

Managing relationships: personal, performance and professional and effective goal setting and time management.

Strength and conditioning (16+)

Please note that we can only have 12 pupils in the gym at one time and thus these sessions are available on request, particularly if you would require more than one session. Please contact us for more information.

An introduction to the principles of Strength and Conditioning training

Gain an understanding of the difference between training for strength, power and hypertrophy.

Gain knowledge of the specific lifting techniques

Please note that when making a booking it is important that you make us aware of your current position in terms of curriculum and where your students stand in relation to the subjects they are being taught so that the sessions can be tailored to your students’ needs.

Funding for sport visits

Some funding is available through Loughborough University’s School and College Liaison team for the sport visits. If you are able to bring between 30-40 students with at least 66% from your widening participation (WP) cohort then School and College Liaison may be able to fully fund your visit or, if bringing smaller numbers, places for your WP students only. Funding is limited each year so if you think you may be eligible please enquire about this as early as you can.

Various criteria exist to identify WP students, generally those from more disadvantaged backgrounds and under-represented groups, and some schools will have WP cohort lists which can be used to aid attendee identification. If you think your school may be eligible for funding, however, you do not have a cohort list but can supply the attendee’s postcodes, they can be used to assess whether funding may be available.

School and College Liaison

The School and College Liaison Team works with a range of schools, groups and organisations. They are there to provide information about Higher Education and to explain the benefits of studying a University Degree and the Higher Education experience in an interesting, fun and informal way.

The team offers a framework of activities for years 8-13 providing tailored workshops in academic subjects, information and guidance and study skills.

Is the school visit right for you?

Loughborough Sport welcomes schools from all areas of the UK and encourages participation in Higher Education Institutions nationwide. In order to guarantee that your pupils benefit from their visit to Loughborough University Campus, the school visit programme requires additional information about the students you wish to bring. This is to ensure that relevant information is conveyed to pupils as well as managing the delivery of workshops as appropriate to the receiving cohort.

We aim to provide an exciting and inspirational day for pupils regardless of age group or background, however please note that if pupils do not feel comfortable in a sporting context, a school visit constructed on the academic offer at Loughborough University may be more suitable.

Please note: It is important to understand that workshop preferences may not always be available and are also subject to be changed at any point before your visit. This is due to the nature of the programme; workshops are predominantly led by student volunteers, master’s students and student coaches and availability of such individuals is likely to change due to their academic commitments and other unforeseen circumstances. Should this happen, we will endeavour to rearrange a workshop that is of a similar nature.

If you are interested in attending a visit in the 2018/19 academic year, please fill out the below enquiry form and we will be in touch from September onward to book your visit.