In early February this year, the School of Exercise Science launched its suite of postgraduate High Performance Sport programs, with an intensive week in Melbourne. Jo Clubb took a break from her work at Chelsea Football Club in London to join students from all around Australia and overseas for the intensive week of lectures and workshops.
"I graduated from Loughborough University with an Honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science in 2009, after which I was approached by Chelsea Football Club to participate in their intern programme the following season. At the end of the year I was offered a full time Sport Science role and have been at the Club ever since. At present I lead Sport Science at Chelsea, coordinating the support across the First Team and the Academy.
"Having been lucky to step straight into a full time role on the back of my Undergraduate degree, I have always been keen to develop my academic skills by completing further education without having to give up my job. I think this is important for developing research skills and broadening your knowledge base to avoid getting caught up in the intense bubble of elite sport.
"I heard about the Master of High Performance Sport through the Programme Director Dr Craig Duncan. Up until this point I was yet to find a Postgraduate course that really seemed to fit with my current roles and responsibilities whilst being suitable to work around the current job. I was impressed by the spectrum of topics that were to be covered in this course, which carry over to the real world setting of elite sport.
"I flew over from the UK especially for the intensive week of lectures and it was well worth it. For me, the quality of speakers was exceptional and we were spoilt to have access to them all in the same place. The technology used on the course, including online resources, forums and regular conference calls, allows me to stay in touch with the lecturers and partake in discussions with other students even from the other side of the world."