Exercise and Expert Training at City College

25 July 2018 | Uncategorised

Two City College students studying the Foundation Degree in Strength and Conditioning turned-up the heat on their learning and jetted off to the sunny island of Mallorca to gain real-world work experience at CrossFit facility, Block HQ, which runs intensive boot camp-style holidays, focusing on enhancing an individual’s fitness capacity in a custom-designed facility.

Former student, Dean Embling, who gained employment after going on the same trip last year, was there to mentor the students, assist with their training and assess them throughout the two-week placement.

Todd Price, was one of the lucky students who went to Mallorca, he said: “Block HQ was fantastic – getting to train people from all over the world was a great experience and something exciting to add to my CV. It was also great to see a former student doing so well and how opportunities like going to Mallorca can set you up in your career.

“The strength and conditioning course has given me so many transferable skills and I can honestly say I have used all of my training and knowledge throughout the two weeks. I’ve even returned with new skills I can share with my course mates and use in my future career.”

Ian Davis, Programme Manager for Strength, Conditioning and Sports Coaching at City College, helped to set up the partnership with Block HQ with the aim of enhancing the students’ learning.
“This on-going partnership with Block HQ is a fantastic opportunity for our students to broaden their horizons in the strength and conditioning workplace,” said Ian. “In Mallorca they get to not only experience a different culture, but the international aspect gives them a broader scope of industry practice.

“As well as coaching experience, they are able to see first-hand what makes a business run, helping to enhance both their technical knowledge and their employability skills. It is great to see Dean passing on his knowledge and doing so well at the company. We hope to continue this partnership for many years to come and see our students go on to bigger and better things.”

City College’s international student work experience programme is funded by Erasmus+, the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport.

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