LJMU on the road with Sport Science
08 September 2011
Merseyside will be seeing the benefit of the London 2012 Olympic Games thanks to a new project from LJMU.
The University’s Research Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES) has been awarded £30,000 from the Wellcome Trust to hold a series of events in North West museums and schools during the Olympics, capitalising on heightened interest in sport next year.
Aimed specifically at raising awareness of sport science, the Face-to-Face project will see LJMU hosting interactive pods at National Museums Liverpool and the Museum of Science and Industry, with the University also conducting workshops with Merseyside schools.
The pods and workshops will feature a range of practical tasks demonstrating the link between the practices of elite athletes and the general public as well as promoting the sports science disciplines of physiology, motor control, biomechanics, performance analysis and psychology.
Dr John Dickinson, who submitted the bid to the Wellcome Trust, said: “We are delighted to have received this grant which will help increase understanding of sport science generally and hopefully encourage more young people to consider taking up a career related to the subject.
“We can’t all be professional footballers or Olympic athletes but we can all have an interest in health, nutrition and exercise.
“I’d also like to thank everyone who helped make this such a successful bid and obviously the Wellcome Trust which has made the project possible.”