First Class students on university courses at Burnley College inspired by trip to Lanzarote

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Students from Sports Science and Sports Coaching foundation degree courses trained, competed and learned new techniques at Club La Santa’s state-of-the-art sports destination in Lanzarote.

The fourth trip to the sports and activities hot-spot gave students the first class experience of taking part in a huge range of sports training activities, from volleyball, tennis, badminton and football to swimming, surfing and kayaking on (and in) the beautiful blue Atlantic Ocean.

La Santa boasts some of the best aerobics instructors in the world, who worked with first class tutors to give the visiting students the opportunity to ask world-class trainers and instructors for advice and guidance and to see first-hand where their careers in sports coaching could take them.

Club La Santa


Students get to grips with kayaking

Organised by Sports Science and Sports Coaching tutor Tim Redfearn, the week-long trip saw students rising at 8am every morning for running or swimming training, before heading out to a varied student-led session. These sessions were organised and taught by students from the group, offering them the chance to gain first class experience in sports coaching and teaching in a sport or activity of their choosing.

The group also met with athletes from around the world while they trained, including sports students from Denmark, Glasgow Triathlon Club and the Switzerland Cycling and Junior Triathlon team.

Curtis McGough-O’Reily, who visited La Santa while studying for his Foundation Degree in Sports Science and Exercise said about his experiences:

“Going to La Santa was amazing. It really showed me what I can do with my qualifications once I graduate and gave me the chance to try sports I really wouldn’t be able to access in the North West. Surfing in particular was a great experience.”

Karen Pates, Head of Sports said:

“It’s fantastic to be able to give our students opportunities like this trip to La Santa to open up their minds to the possibilities available to them once they graduate. Everybody involved in the trip has told me how much they enjoyed it and how much they learned in all of their coaching sessions. Tim has done a great job organising the trip over the past four years and I hope we see many more students taking advantage of this incredible opportunity for many years to come.”

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