It is an exciting time to be studying a sports degree at the University of Bolton. We have set up a trailblazing partnership with Decathlon, which can provide part-time employment and internship opportunities for our students. Students also have the opportunity to work with elite athletes as part of our consultancy work within the Athlete Development Centre (ADC).

But don't just take our word for it, find out what our students and graduates say below.

Andrew Ibitoye (Year 1 in 2016)

I chose BoAndrew Ibitoyelton after visiting for my interview. I travelled up from London expecting to be grilled about my studies and interests, but when I arrived it was so much more inviting. I attended a presentation all about the course and was taken on a tour of the sports department and the uni as a whole. The facilities and opportunities were really impressive and I was made to feel so welcome.

My ambition is to work in professional football, and the knowledge and skills I’m gaining at Bolton and the professional network the School has in place make that a real possibility. The tutors are very supportive, my degree leads to a professional qualification valued by elite sports teams and the School has a growing reputation in the sector. So long as I put in the hard work, I have a real shot at the title!

I joined the SU’s Football Club during Freshers’ Week. It was a really great way to socialise and settle in – I met lots of new friends I don’t think I’d have got to know otherwise. I especially love away matches, seeing other cities and getting to meet some real characters on and off the pitch!


Hannah HollowayHannah Holloway (Year 2 in 2016)

I’m a keen member of the SU’s football team but I’ve been out of action since the beginning of the season with an ankle injury. The University’s Sports and Spinal Injury Clinic has been central in my recovery and it’s been fascinating to be both a patient and a student of sport rehabilitation at the same time. It’s given me a real insight into the clinical side of the course as well as helping me get back on my feet – literally!


Harris AliHarris Ali (Year 1 in 2016)

I play for the Manchester Magic team, competing in the National Basketball League. I’ve been injured a number of times and I know how devastating it can be both physically and psychologically for an athlete. I’m also fascinated by the human body and work as a personal trainer – so studying sport rehab allows me to combine all the things that interest me the most, and then opens up a huge number of possible careers all doing something I love.


Maike Gerdes (Year 2 in 2016)

Maike GerdesThe sports courses at the University of Bolton instantly stood out to me. Once I visited the campus and was shown around the facilities I got really excited at the thought of studying here. The facilities are of great quality and the staff are friendly, supportive and welcoming. They do everything they can to help you get the most out of your time here.

Being involved in sports teams and societies adds a whole new dimension to your university experience. I’m part of the Netball team, and set up the Swimming society with help from the Students’ Union. On top of this, I take part in other university sports activities throughout the week. These help me to take my mind off the stress of revision and have a laugh with friends.


Javid Mirza (Year 2 in 2016)

Javid MirzaA friend recommended the uni to me. I’d looked at lots of places but the course, lecturers, facilities and environment at Bolton were really impressive and were just what I was looking for.

The foundation year built up my knowledge and gave me a brilliant start on the degree. Study skills, academic writing, anatomy and learning about common injuries were all an invaluable preparation. For someone coming from a competitive training environment it was a massive eye opener and made sense of how your body achieves your physical goals.

Sport has always been an important part of my life, especially MMA. I was training alongside pro-fighters and witnessing recurring injuries wreaking havoc with their careers. Then after suffering my own injury, my mind became focused on sport rehabilitation as the career for me. It’s the perfect way to combine my passion for sport with injury prevention and getting athletes back to peak performance.


Emma-Jane Leigh (Year 2 in 2016)

Emma-Jane LeighAs a mature student who’s worked in other industries for many years, I really understand the value of this degree and give it my absolute focus and attention. One of the best things about the course is the fantastic lecturers. They are so supportive and always do their best to help you achieve your potential.

In addition to the various work placements that are part of my course, I arranged a voluntary placement at Accrington Stanley FC with support from a tutor. As a visual person I learn really well from watching professionals at work – it helps me translate the lecture content into real life action. I’m particularly interested in injury assessment and exercise prescription and I’m learning so much from shadowing the club’s physiotherapist.


Judith Firth (Final Year Student 2016)

The communication between students and staff is excellent as well as great feedback from the staff.  As a mature student with a family and coming back into studying, at first was scary, however with the help and guidance I have learnt so much. There has never been a day where I haven't wanted to come into University to study.


Espen Gjostel (Graduated 2015)

Personally, I think this is the best degree if you want to work in professional sport because of the quality of the lectures, placements, and up-to-date facilities in Bolton One.

As an international student, I am treated the same as everyone else, but the support is always there. I also think it's really good that we are taught in small practical groups.


Dave Rannard (Graduated 2013)

During my time studying, I was given the opportunity to work alongside elite athletes as well as members of the general public. The work-based placements were invaluable in gaining real hands on experience and improving classroom-based skills.

Since graduating, I worked voluntarily at Wigan Athletic FC for several months which led to gaining positions with Curzon Ashton ladies football team, and provide match-day cover for Fleetwood Town Youth Academy. On top of this I have recently secured a practitioner position in a private clinic.

None of this would have been achievable without the help and support of the staff on the Sport Rehabilitation programme who also help make the whole experience both rewarding and enjoyable.


James Naylor (Graduated 2012)

Sport Rehabilitation is a fantastic course, mainly because of the incredible amount of knowledge you can gain in such a short time. The course combines a mixture of theory and practical-based work and I find that the practical sessions help to consolidate the information gathered from the theoretical side. In addition to this, what sets this course apart is that you get the opportunity to develop your skills in the real world.

So far, I have gained experience at Wigan Warriors RLFC, Wigan Athletic FC and the Sport and Spinal Injuries Clinic based at the University. All of these placements have been an invaluable experience. This is a great course if you have a passion for sport and an interest in anatomy, physiology and musculoskeletal injury.

With the help offered by the lecturers and the experience gained from professional sport and private practice clinics I believe that I will be well prepared for a career in the field of sports injuries.