By Zac, Sports Science Student
I began my placement with Birmingham City Football Club on 7th March 2016. I received this opportunity from my School Careers and Employability Officer, Dr Mike White, and proceeded with the application independently. I was successful in the interview and gained a placement position that ran for a year (March 16 to March 17).
Tonia is a University of Birmingham Alumni and part of Birmingham Evaluating Skills Transfer (BEST) project – investigating the value of courses held in outdoor pursuits settings for the development of groupwork skills (BEST Outdoor).
During her time at Birmingham University, Tonia was elected as the Women’s Captain of the Rowing Club and achieved a First Class hons degree in Sport and Exercise Science.
My name is Tonia Horgan, I have recently graduated with a first class honours degree from Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Birmingham (2012-13). I am looking to pursue a career in the very competitive Sport Science industry, so when an opportunity to undertake a work placement arose earlier this year I jumped at the chance to apply.
The opportunity was at the University of Bath, a close competitor to the University of Birmingham in the University league table for Sport Science. I was very interested in stepping out of the Birmingham bubble and experiencing sport science in action at a different university. I didn’t know beforehand exactly what my role would be, but I was aware that Bath had excellent facilities so this was an opportunity that could not be missed. In addition, my final year modules and dissertation had primarily been focused on the Psychological aspects of Sport and Exercise Science, so I was hoping to build a broader understanding of the key Physiological principles in a more applied setting. My first impression of the Sports Training Village at the University of Bath, is one that I won’t be forgetting in a hurry. The incredible facilities were lined with Olympic flags welcoming the visiting nations for their pre-Olympics training camps. I was based with Team Bath in the Human Performance Centre, in the Sports Physiology Lab, shadowing the Lead Applied Physiologist.