The Academy of Sport at London South Bank University is a unique combination of academic and non academic sports divisions including taught courses, research units, sports science support services, sports development and facility staff.
The academy also hosts external partners including the Sport England funded Pro-active central, the Pro-active partnership services team and national governing bodies of sport officers from the Rugby Football Union, Rugby Football League, Amateur Swimming Association and English Table Tennis Association.
It seeks to improve the relevance of sports education in London, enhance the health and sporting performance of Londoners and maximise the benefits of physical activity to the University and its wider community.
At present the different elements comprising the Academy include:
Green Impact Statement : "The Academy of Sport is committed to minimising environmental impact, and maximising awareness and implementation of environmentally-friendly practices within the department"Download the Academy of Sport Green Information Sheet for details on how the Academy is seeking to reduce our environmental impact
With one of the largest scholarship and bursary programmes in the UK university sector, London South Bank University supports sportsmen and women from international standard to regional representatives' level. Those at scholarship standard can receive up to £3000 each year, academic flexibility, free sports science support, guaranteed halls of residence accommodation and free use of the university's sport facilities. The programme has grown significantly over the past few years with 40 elite athletes from a wide variety of sports at the university this year.
The University is seeking to develop its reputation for sporting excellence in several key sports including our current focus sports of table tennis, rugby union, taekwondo, basketball and women's football.
The university runs a wide range of short courses relating to fitness, coaching and sports leadership that are nationally accredited and recognised. Coaching courses are a great way to add additional skills to your CV and can be used to earn some much needed money.
The academy also coordinates a sports ambassador programme, which organises coaching placements for students in local schools and community groups. Students gain excellent experience in addition to a financial bursary and access to further discounted courses.