Sport And Exercise Therapy Personal Statement

The main things we look for in a sports student is someone who is passionate about sport; committed and professional in their approach to working in sport, and has great interpersonal skills as sport is a people business.

What to include in a personal statement for sport

  • The experience you have in sport. This could be playing a range of sports, but more importantly, any experience of volunteering, coaching, leading or organising sport and fitness opportunities for others.
  • Confirm the course you are currently studying and provide details of any sport-related qualifications you hold, like an CYQ Level 3 in Activity Leadership.
  • Study the course content and tailor your statement accordingly. Demonstrate a good knowledge of the course and how your current studies, interests and activities/experience are relevant to this area of study, be it coaching, sport science or strength and conditioning.
  • Talk about the modules you are looking forward to studying and why.
  • Emphasise how the course will support your future career pathway. If you know where you want to be in five years’ time, say so.
  • Make sure your personality shines through. Sport is all about working with people, so it’s crucial that your team working, interpersonal skills, positive attitude and initiative come across.
  • Avoid talking too much about wanting to do a football/rugby degree because you play rugby or football or watch it on the TV.
  • Finally, don't use famous quotes from people you admire. We are interested in what you have to say - not your sporting heroes.
     

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Exercise and Sports Science Personal Statement

For the last three years I have lived and studied in Spain. During this time I have attended 'X' School in Valencia and have successfully completed my IGCSEs. I am now studying for my International Baccalaureate, which is preparing me well for the discipline of studying at University, as the student is required to write a number of lengthy essays on various subjects. This coursework involves writing my own title to the essay, researching the topic thoroughly and formulating my own opinion. In addition to the subjects I am studying, I have been writing a 4,000 word extended essay on the technology in golf and its affect on a player's performance which I have found enjoyable and challenging.

I have always been interested in competing in a number of sports and have enjoyed many varied activities such as football, athletics, cricket, hockey, netball, basketball and softball. However, along with my school studies I successfully play golf to a very high standard and I am very committed to the sport and would like to have a fulfilling career in the world of golf. I practise daily and play in club, Valencia Federation and International competitions. I ended 2006 season in the top five under 21 ladies in Valencia. (Valencia is the region formed by the provinces of Valencia, Castellon and Alicante). During the last three years I have brought my handicap down from 20 to three and I am working hard to lower this still further. My aim is to be a zero handicap within the next twelve months.

Discovering a different culture and learning a new language alongside making many Spanish friends has been a very positive experience for me. However, I now wish to pursue my future career at a University in England. A degree in a sport related subject would complement my ambition to become a professional golfer, either in a playing or teaching capacity. I feel that all aspects of the course will benefit me in my future career as I am also very interested in discovering more about the science that allows the athlete to perform at the peak of their ability. I am also looking forward to gaining further knowledge of sport psychology as the game of golf is not solely about skill but also the state of mind and approach to the game. I would like to develop this area in relation to my own performance.

With the University's commitment to a high performance golf programme and being part of the R & A Foundation Institution Awards, I believe that this will offer me the ideal opportunity to study for a sport related degree, coupled with the facilities for coaching and playing golf on a regular basis at club, County, National and International level.

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Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018

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