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PARTNERSHIPS: University link-up benefits United defender

4 December 2015

Defender Michael Raynes links up with University of Cumbria

United defender Michael Raynes has taken full advantage of the recent link up between Carlisle United and the University of Cumbria by making use of the University library as he continues his studies on his Sports Science degree.

“I think most players start to think about what they will do very early in their careers these days and there are now quite a few of us who choose to take course, up to and including degree level, so that we’re in a good position to move on when our playing days come to an end,” Raynes said.

“As any student will tell you, doing a degree isn’t easy and it’s fantastic to be able to get help from close to home. Phil King told me about the link-up between the two organisations when he heard I was doing my degree, and they’ve been absolutely fantastic. I’ll be able to use the library and research facilities whenever I need to and it will give me somewhere quiet to get the more detailed modules of the course completed.”

Pictured with Michael is Tim Barry, Head of Medical & Sport Sciences at the University. He said: “The University and the club are working together on a number of projects and this is an excellent example of how our collaboration is assisting individuals in both organisations. From our side we’ll have a student at the club in January analysing hamstring injury data for their dissertation.”

The University of Cumbria runs a sport and exercise science course which can lead students into a number of different career opportunities. Some go on to sport science support with elite athletes while others may work to improve the health of their local community. It can also lead into teaching, physiotherapy or postgraduate study.

Biomechanics, physiology and psychology make up the core of the course and students can then specialise as the degree programme progresses. Placement opportunities help with real-world experience and some students even manage to secure a job at their placements after graduation.

Good news was received recently when BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Cumbria was rated in the top 15 sport and exercise science courses in the country in a Guardian survey. Facilities include a £2.5 million sports complex and a large, fully equipped physiology and biomechanics laboratory.

For more information visit the University of Cumbria website HERE.

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