Sheffield Hallam University signs aquatic career pathway partnership

The three-year initiative with the Institute of Swimming will see students blend theoretical learning with 30 hours of hands-on teaching experience

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) and the Institute of Swimming (IoS) are embarking on a three-year partnership that will see sports coaching degree students train for a Swim England level one swimming assistant (teaching) qualification.

Participants will have the opportunity to apply theoretical learning during 30 hours of work experience assisting in real swimming lessons.

And this despite the fact that SHU doesn’t actually own a pool…

“No pool, no problem!” says Natalie McGuire, the IoS business development manager.

“The Institute of Swimming and Swim England have the contacts and the national partnerships to access pools, aquatic providers and work experience opportunities seamlessly.”


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“Sheffield Hallam University has established strategic partnerships with national governing bodies and leading industry partners to provide practical solutions to prepare our students for life after graduation,” said Andy Gair, course leader and senior lecturer on SHU’s B.Sc. sport coaching undergraduate course.

“We are proud that 93% of our graduates are in employment or are in further studies within six months, and we believe this is largely due to the applied and vocational nature of our degree programmes.

“The partnership will allow SHU to embed qualifications into university degree programmes, while simultaneously developing opportunities within our local aquatic networks to increase aquatic opportunities for its students and support the development of an aquatic workforce in Sheffield. Sheffield Hallam University has a high percentage of students based locally in South Yorkshire, which means the applied degree programmes reinvest back into the local community.”

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