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From teaching in schools to coaching elite athletes, sports development to sports therapy, our facilities, practical work and work-based learning opportunities allow you to develop the skills to succeed.

A strong emphasis is put on practical work and our programmes are supported by outstanding facilities, including dedicated biomechanics, physiology and psychology laboratories, a sports therapy clinic, and contemporary community leisure complex.

Our programme teams offer a comprehensive spectrum of interests and expertise. This includes coaching national teams and local clubs, collaborating with national governing bodies, and conducting consultations and scientific support with national teams and their athletes.

With impressive facilities, a great choice of career-focused courses, exciting new initiatives and a thriving research culture, there are plenty of reasons to choose to study with the Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University.

International study opportunities

The Department of Sport and Physical Activity offers opportunities for a select number of students to spend a full academic year studying at partner universities in Europe and/or North America.

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Whatever your choice of programme you will be joining a course designed to meet the needs of the sports industry, supported by some of the best facilities in higher education. Our students have access to dedicated biomechanics, physiology and psychology laboratories and a sports therapy clinic.

The University’s sports complex also provides playing fields, a synthetic athletics track, fitness suite, dance studio, 25m swimming pool, floodlit 3G multicourts, and tennis, squash and netball courts. We also have a laboratory, research and rehabilitation facilities. These include performance, sleep and biochemistry laboratories, as well as functional rehab and kinesiology facilities.

Everton in the community partnership

Everton in the Community, Everton Football Club’s official charity, aims to use the power of sport to motivate, educate and inspire people in local communities to improve their life chances, physical health and mental wellbeing, through 45 unique projects.

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Two Edge Hill students win national excellence award from professional sporting body

Two Edge Hill students have won an excellence award from the professional body for the sport and physical activity sector.

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Budding sports therapists to run free sports injury and massage clinics at Edge Hill University

Edge Hill University is offering free advice and treatment for people with musculoskeletal conditions.

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Tackling the blues – Everton in the community

Since 2013, Edge Hill has partnered with Everton in the Community (EitC), the official charity of Everton football club. The partnership is designed to improve the lives of people who live in some of the most socially and economically deprived communities in the UK while enhancing the employability of our sport and physical activity students.

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Tackling the Blues mental health programme wins research and innovation award

The Tackling the Blues mental health programme for children and young people has won a North West Coast Research and Innovation Award.

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Sport internships

Thanks to Edge Hill’s Student Opportunity Fund, and the dedication of staff in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity, 4 students recently undertook work placements to build their experience and boost their employability.

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Can PE help children learn maths?

Dr Mhairi Macdonald, Lecturer in Physical Education and Children’s Physical Activity, specialises her research in child physical activity and how this can be incorporated across the school curriculum – looking at the bigger picture of the impact PE can have on child health and learning.

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Department of Sport & Physical Activity
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
L39 4QP
United Kingdom