The University of Wolverhampton is to invest an initial £1million to transform the sports teaching and research facilities at its Walsall Campus.
Hi-tech equipment including a new environmental chamber to replicate nearly any climate on the planet is being installed over the summer.
This will allow for the precise control of temperature, humidity and simulated altitude and be equipped with a range of training equipment for use by students and researchers, as well as sports clubs, elite athletes and governing bodies.
The refurbished Human Movement Laboratory in the William Penny Brookes building will also include cutting edge 3D motion capture technology. This will digitally record human movements and model motion to enable analysis of high speed body movement and gait.
Existing facilities such as the Human Performance Laboratories will also be completely refurbished as part of the £1million investment.
The University is also launching a series of new courses to equip students with the skills for a career in the sports industry and enhance their employment prospects.
New courses include a BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance and a BA (Hons) Sport Business Management.
A BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Therapy course is also among the new courses which will be available to study from September 2020.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, said: “Our strategy for sport commits us to developing high quality research-led teaching, from academic staff and professionals who are connected to the most up to date developments in their subject areas. I’m delighted that we are investing in our sports facilities to ensure that they remain some of the very best for both teaching and research.”
Director of the Institute of Human Sciences, Dr Richard Medcalf, said: “This is a wide-ranging investment in our sports teaching and research facilities for our Department of Sport and Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre.
“Replicating the climatic conditions of competition venues using the environmental chamber will be an interesting development for our sports science offer to clubs, elite athletes and national governing bodies.
“This is a really exciting time for sport at the University, as we continue to develop partnerships with our local clubs. We will also be hosting the Commonwealth Judo Championships at our Walsall Campus in September.”
The climate chamber will be supplied by Sporting Edge, the endorsed supplier of Altitude and Environmental Chambers to the English Institute of Sport, and Qualysis will provide the 3D motion capture technology.
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Date Issued: Thursday, 08 August 2019
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