Students attending the University of Gloucestershire’s sports summer school are in for a treat when they will get the chance to meet Cheltenham-born professional rugby referee, Chris White and sport psychologist for the England Cricket team, Simon Timson.

The sporting starts will be guest speakers at the annual sports conference for Year 12 students taking place at the Oxstalls campus in Gloucester on 26 June.

And there are still places available for students who are at school and considering higher education who would like to attend.

Rugby referee and former Prestbury primary school teacher, Chris White has travelled the globe refereeing some of the greatest clashed in rugby history, including the World Cup semi-final between Australia and New Zealand in 2003.

Sports psychologist Simon Timson combines his role as England and Wales Cricket Board, Science and Medicine Manager with a performance psychology consultancy. Previously as Performance Director, Simon led British Skeleton to successive Winter Olympic medals making it Britain’s most successful winter sport by winning over 40 medals in international competition.

The conference is hosted on the last day of the University’s residential summer school, where pupils will have the chance to sample university life, living on campus and getting a taste of what’s on offer for sporty undergraduates. Sessions in physiology, sports psychology, biomechanics and coaching will be on offer by day, with evening entertainment provided by current student ambassadors and outreach staff.

Outreach officer, Claire Benjamin said, “Every year we invite high profile guest speakers from the sporting world to share their experiences in a motivational lecture, inspiring young people to think about higher education and their future careers.”

The residential experience is provided free of charge, and up to 30 students from Gloucestershire will have the opportunity to attend.

The conference on 26 June is also open to Year 12 students who are currently studying sport, who may or may not be attending the residential school.

Applications for the sports summer school and the sports conference are welcome from all Year 12 or equivalent students currently studying a sport-related course and who maybe unsure about their moves beyond sixth form.

For more information on the residential course and conference, and how to apply, contact Claire Benjamin on 01242 714502 or email [email protected].

Source: University of Gloucestershire