SWFC and SHU are proud to announce details of a pioneering partnership to begin next season.
Recent discussions between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield Hallam University's Academy of Sport and Physical Activity have led to the establishment of an exciting and progressive partnership between two of the city’s major sporting institutions.
Such a relationship will allow for the close collaboration of expertise and facilities for the mutual benefit of both parties.
As a football club, Sheffield Wednesday are continuously looking to improve and advance its practises across all club departments, with the aim of improving staff and team performance and player development.
This process can undoubtedly be assisted by the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity's state of the art sport science and physiotherapy facilities located at its Collegiate Crescent campus on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield.
The Academy of Sport and Physical Activity is one of the largest UK providers of courses specialising in sport and the business of sport.
Aligned with this close interaction between the club and the University is the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity pledge to increase employability opportunities for its students by providing work experience and knowledge of elite sport.
Therefore, an initiative has been implemented to enable students from Sheffield Hallam to apply for up to 25 internship positions based at Hillsborough next season.
The chance for undergraduate and postgraduate students to work alongside the club’s expertly qualified staff within sport science, physiotherapy, match analysis, media and coaching at both academy and first team level is a massive opportunity and will help give the selected students a major advantage when looking for employment within the elite sporting sector.
Students from undergraduate and postgraduate courses run by Sheffield Hallam's Academy of Sport and Physical Activity including Sport and Exercise Science, Sport Coaching, Sport Business Management, Sport Journalism and Physiotherapy will be able to apply for the work-based learning opportunities based at Wednesday in 2013/14.
A selection of the successful students will find themselves working on the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP), a youth development scheme initiated by the Premier League to increase the number and quality of home grown players gaining professional contracts in clubs and playing first team football at the highest level.