Sports students head for EU study tour

Gary Reilly and some of the Elmwood students seeking to travel.
Gary Reilly and some of the Elmwood students seeking to travel.

Over 60 students from the Elmwood campus of Scotland’s Rural College will be taking part in study tours to Sweden and Spain next year.

The venture is part of 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.

Elmwood lecturer and programme manager Gary Anderson said the seven year, Erasmus+ programme will bring together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of education, training, and youth, including sport.

There will be opportunities for over four 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 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 two 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 are all really excited about the prospect of participating in one of the study tours,” he said.

The students will be told before the Christmas break if they have been successful in gaining a place.