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!


Nutrition: getting the most out of life

Learn about the fundamentals of nutrition and how it can influence your health and sports performance. 

We offer three workshops that cover year 9 and under, GCSE and A-levels. These workshops are designed in accordance with the syllabus to cover all nutrition-related content at each level. These interactive workshops aim to highlight the importance of consuming carbohydrates to fuel activity, consuming protein to support growth, development and recovery and consuming a balanced/colourful diet to support health through engaging tasks and a quiz to finish.

Topics covered include carbohydrates, protein, fat, fibre, hydration, vitamins, minerals, sports-related case studies (GCSE and A-levels), diets, eating habits, dietary analysis, mindful eating and plate models.


Sports psychology


The focus of this workshop is to recap information learned on the GCSE course and then apply it in a practical sense. After an introduction in which we recap the main theories on the GCSE course students will be given the opportunity to put their knowledge of feedback and guidance to the test. Following that they will need to use the SMART method to create effective goals based on a goal-setting activity.


The focus of this workshop will be to give students an insight into being a sport psychologist. After recapping some of the main performance issues that can arise for an athlete, and the common methods of intervention, students will be given the chance to act as a sport psychologist. They will need to complete an intake interview, observe the client, and develop an intervention.

Fitness testing - field-based

Fitness is a large component of overall health, which encompasses muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, body composition, power, speed and many more. By using tests we can compare these components and calculate our health and well being within a range of age groups. This program has been collated to provide the opportunity for students to take part in these tests such as vertical jump test, 20 metre sprint test, and hand grip test, whilst using some of the most advanced technology in fitness science. This will help them to understand the importance of fitness and how this enables us to recognise our bodily needs for activities, and the exercises needed to enhance them.
Our program further enables students to take part in a personalised fitness circuit, where they will be able to perform exercises using their own body weight which can be used at home. This will help to establish good technique, and ideas for those wishing to consider fitness as a career.

Fitness testing - lab-based (16+)

Please 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.

Find out what working as a physiologist in sport involves, and how the University’s sports science team supports their elite student-athletes, as well as elite and professional sportspeople.  You’ll hear about some of the work we do in the lab and environmental chamber and how this benefits athletes.  You will receive a hands-on practical experience of fitness testing in a laboratory, bringing the science you learn in class to life.

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

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


The session is interactive, with the opportunity to ask as many questions as you want.

Practical workshops

In addition to academic workshops, we can offer students 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
  • Volleyball
  • Futsal

Please indicate on your enquiry form if you wish to undertake a Practical Workshop as part of your School Visit.

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.

'A highly practical session offering an introduction to the basic principles of Strength and Conditioning. One of our experienced coaches will take you through some of the key elements of a training session and help you to gain an understanding of how to execute exercise safely and appropriately.'

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.

Workshop workbook

Fitness testing workbook

/media/media/sport/images/workwithus/School Visit - Nutrition Handout 2020[2].pdf

S&C workbook

Sport Psychology workbook

Funding for School Visits

Funding is available through Loughborough University’s School and College Liaison team for the School 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. 


Bookings are now open, commencing from January 2021 onwards for this academic year. Should you require any further information, please contact Callum ( or complete an enquiry form below.