Schoolchildren Learn About the Science Behind Sport

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Hundreds of schoolchildren will be having a ball when they take part in a series of sessions, organised by the University of Worcester, exploring the science behind sport.

Sport in ScienceThe sessions, to be held at Malvern Theatres, will see pupils in years seven, eight and nine from schools across Herefordshire and Worcestershire learn the answers to such questions as: why they swap tennis balls in the middle of a match?  Why do golf balls have dimples? And how do you get a football to curl? 

The event, entitled The Science in Sport: Having a Ball, will take place on Tuesday, January 26 and Wednesday, January 27 and follows last year’s successful lectures.

Will Norman, Outreach Coordinator in the Widening Participation unit at the University of Worcester, said: “The New Year Lectures are designed to be fun and engaging for those who take part, and they are designed to contain a strong element of interactivity. Using examples within sport the students are introduced to the importance of science in advancing elite performance and how the underpinning science relates to all aspects of everyday life.”

The sessions will be delivered by Chris Hughes, senior lecturer in biomechanics at the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Worcester. The New Year Lectures are organised as part of the University of Worcester’s widening participation programme. The University encourages participation in a range of activities from the whole community.

Mick Donovan, Head of the University of Worcester’s School of Sport and Exercise Science, said: “Within the Institute of Sports and Exercise Science we are always looking for new ways of generating interest in our subject and we are excited at the potential benefits for youngsters with this different approach to learning.”