City of Birmingham Swimming Club has joined forces with Birmingham City University
The partnership plans to announce its first scholarship September 2019 and offer placements to current students from February 2019.
The collaboration will see university students secure work placements with the club, where they will gain valuable experience working with elite athletes in areas such as sports massage, nutrition and fitness.
Swimmers will also benefit, with the partnership set to create a new scholarship to support high-achieving swimmers to train and compete throughout their studies at the University.
Mark Jeffreys, Birmingham City University, said: “We are delighted to join forces with the City of Birmingham Swimming Club"
Carl Grosvenor, Head Coach at City of Birmingham Swimming Club, added: “This is a hugely exciting partnership that we know has great mutual benefit to both organisations. The process of working with Birmingham City University has been so seamless and all the staff involved have been so willing and motivated to create this link. With Birmingham hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games, sport in the city is front and centre and the time to develop this new way of working is now"
“The expertise and facilities available in the University’s new Sports Department offer an outstanding opportunity for our swimmers, coaches and programme as a whole to take it to the next level. The offer of a swimming scholarship aimed at elite athletes looking to gain a degree while maintaining elite level performance, is a game changer for us and puts another fantastic option on the table for all elite swimmers approaching university age.”
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