University Centre Farnborough was thrilled to host an engaging Sports Symposium earlier this year, which was also open to the public, including friends and family, and prospective students.

The event featured two important names in the sports world, including two-time Britain’s Strongest Man, Adam Bishop, and Richard Cheetam who is a Senior Fellow at the University of Winchester and a University Centre Farnborough alumnus. Both speakers delivered captivating lectures and encouraged their audience to get involved in their practical workshops, giving them an exclusive insight into their experiences within the industry.

Adam Bishop’s talk focused on the strength and conditioning training that is pivotal to his Strongman competitions while also discussing the injuries he has received from the tough preparation process and their psychological impacts. He detailed his rehabilitation and recovery strategies to get back on track, as well as the nutrition that underpins his success at competitions. He concluded his session with a deadlift workshop for attendees where he provided coaching and encouragement.

Richard Cheetam provided a different perspective to training in his presentation on coaching principles and methods for understanding client needs. He delved into the importance of having a holistic understanding of clients, whether they are athletes or not, and the key points to consider when you are involved in a client’s training process.

Principal CEO, Virginia Barrett celebrated the event: “We welcomed Adam Bishop and one of our very own alumnus, Richard Cheetam, to the University Centre for a very informative and interactive workshop. We are proud to open our doors and host events that benefit our students and prospective learners alike.”

Chris Scally, Programme Manager for sport stated: “It was great to be part of this year’s Sport and Exercise Science Symposium. The guest speakers provided us with an excellent insight into their field of expertise and allowed us to showcase our facilities and aspirations to industry specialists, current students and prospective students. I would like to thank my colleague Shea Taylor for his diligent organisation of this informative and successful event.”

One of the students in attendance enthused: “I really enjoyed the symposium – particularly the deadlift workshop, and I think it would be a great idea to do more of them!”

Students relished the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of their course and how it supports their future aspirations, while the public and prospective students enjoyed the chance to get involved in the live workshop and use the University Centre’s sports facilities.

The opportunity provided attendees with applied skills and tangible knowledge to take forward in their academic or professional careers.

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