Wrexham Glyndŵr University (WGU) is offering two free courses to boost physical activity development skills.
Two Short Courses
WGU is launching a pair of short courses this year to teach skills to help develop physical activity across a range of ages.
One of the courses focuses on physical education and school sports tuition. The other is for those who want to help develop walking football sessions – an adapted version of the game that is growing quickly in popularity.
Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Football and Coaching Science, Sara Hilton, said: “Keeping fit, healthy and active has never been more important. We’re delighted to offer these courses which, between them, will give their students the skills and knowledge they need to boost physical activity in people of all ages.
“Walking football is – as you might expect – simply playing football without running! That one change means that the game becomes much more accessible to people. These people include those who may have had to stop playing the game they love because of age, injury or other factors.
“Over the course of six weeks, participants will find out about the benefits of the sport, its rules and regulations. Additionally, they can study how they can set up walking football sessions for various social groups.
“The course will mostly be online. However, the final week will involve practical activities and will take place at the Colliers Park complex in Gresford.”
The course will enable participants to structure sessions both for the purposes of keeping active and to set up competitive matches. It also includes information on how to manage injury risks by conducting screening tests.
The Introduction to Walking Football course, which is free, should be perfect for anyone with a passion for football and starts on February 8th.
Delivering Physical Education
Meanwhile, the second course, Sports Coaching: PE and School Sport (PESS), will boost the knowledge of anyone who supports the delivery of physical education and sport in a school sports environment. Although the course will use the PESS framework, the skills learners gain may be transferable to other roles, including coaching.
Sara added: “The course is great for anyone considering a career in education as it should give participants a thorough grounding in the legislation and regulations covering school sport. It will also show the principles of child development, how to structure practice and how to promote lifelong learning.”
The free online begins on February 15th and will run for four days. It provides 10 hours’ learning plus a day of face-to-face, practical activities.
About Wrexham Glyndŵr University
Founded in 2008, Wrexham Glyndŵr University is a young, bold and vibrant university based in north-east Wales. The university has two campuses in Wrexham, Plas Coch and Regent Street plus campuses in Northop and St Asaph. In addition, in 2017, the university won the silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework for the quality of teaching.
The university is driving academic excellence through a wide range of innovative and industry-relevant courses. Examples are Applied Science, Computing, Engineering, Creative Arts, Criminology and Psychology.
In conclusion, Wrexham Glyndŵr has been a Top 100 University in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards in 2019 and 2020. Besides this, the Campus 2025 strategy encompasses plans for new student accommodation. There will also be new car parking and upgraded facilities over the next five years.
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