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Degree students head to Amsterdam

Higher Education Sports students flew to Amsterdam for their annual international study visit earlier this month. 

During the Easter break the students took the four-day excursion to the beautiful city to view the many sites on offer. This included the Olympic Stadium which nearly 90yrs later is still being used and developed. Highlighting its legacy; the Ajax Stadium where the learners observed the first team train and the Gunther von Hagen Body-Worlds Happiness Project, looking at 200 anatomical specimens of real human bodies that reveal the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the body.

Thomas James, BSc Course Leader explains: “Few cities meld history with modern urban flair like Amsterdam. The trip enriched the cultural and academic knowledge of the learners and exposed them to a range of scientific and sociological environments. Sport Science is a global industry and one of the fastest growing in the industrialised world. These experiences inspire the learners to expand their horizons and become blue sky thinkers in the development of their careers.” 

Now in its third year the annual international study visit to Amsterdam was a resounding success amongst the learners. Previous years have seen students visit Barcelona and Munich, experiencing the wide variety of sporting and cultural differences of our European associates.  Gareth Reynolds, Head of the School of Sport contributed: “The annual study visits offered are tailored to our HE sport cohorts, we are delighted to supplement these fantastic enrichment opportunities to enhance learning and ultimately employability.”

Carter Loveridge student commented: “It was fascinating to experience the contrast between the science of Body World, the historical perspective of the Olympic Stadium and the vast impressive Amsterdam Arena.  The visit was great fun and brought us even closer together as a group of HE students”.   

Thomas James added: “It was difficult to know where to start in Amsterdam. Its canals lined by gabled houses, baroque cafes, bustling bicycles, sporting venues, epic museums, vibrant markets, diverse dining, unusual shops and legendary nightlife make this liberated city a headache of choice and we will definitely be coming back again.”