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SRUC Students at Elmwood and Ayr Riverside Offered Opportunity in Europe

Published Wednesday, 17th December 2014 in Study at SRUC news

Ayr Riverside Erasmus Tour

Over 60 students from the Elmwood and Ayr Riverside campuses of Scotland’s Rural College will take part in study tours to Sweden and Spain next year, through an EU funded Erasmus Project.

The successful funding bid, by SRUC and partners AMSportstours, means groups of HND Sports Coaching and Professional Golf students will learn more about employment opportunities across the European Union.

SRUC Elmwood Lecturer and Programme Manager Gary Anderson explains that the new, seven year, Erasmus+ project brings together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training, and Youth, including sport. There will be opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad.

“If students want to progress into employment they need to have real experience to back up their academic qualifications,” says Gary. “This project offers a fantastic opportunity for students at our Ayr and Elmwood campuses to do real work in another country and put into practice the skills and knowledge developed during their studies.”

The students will benefit from a fully funded 2 week trip. At a recent meeting Sports Coaching Students were invited to apply for coaching placements in and around Stockholm working within their specialist sport. Previous groups have worked with Olympic level coaches, and high performance strength and conditioning experts as well as coaches and players from grass roots to high level performers.

Golf students will engage in high performance training and competition as well as coaching placements. The experience offers opportunities to enhance their knowledge of both golf coaching and developing performance with a focus on developing talent in golfers from recreational players to high performing individuals.

Gary Reilly from AMSportstours, who is co-ordinating the trip, and is a former SRUC Elmwood student briefed the students and answered questions.

“The Elmwood students I have spoken to today are all really excited about the prospect of participating in one of the study tours,” he commented. “An experience like this not only develops their sports coaching it also develops their character”.

HND Sports Coaching student Julie Gibson (19) from Perth said, “Today’s information session has been very useful and we know what we can expect to get out of the trip. I’m definitely applying – today’s event has been really motivating”.

Fellow student Gary Coultherd (20) from Strathkinness said, “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The chance to go and coach in another country and soak up that culture is amazing”.

The Students will be told before the Christmas break if they have been successful in gaining a place on one of the two study trips. Then preparations begin for April 2015.

Photo caption: Gary Reilly with students learning more about next years programme.

Ayr Riverside Erasmus Tour

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