The University of Brighton were proud hosts of Brighton & Hove Albion’s Women’s Football Dual-Career Academy (DCA) for a ‘pro-week’. The week aims to give squad members a taste of what the training week requirements are like for a professional football athlete.
Held during October half-term this training camp allowed the student-athletes an opportunity to make the most of our Falmer facilities utilising the artificial turf pitch, gym, sports hall and seminar spaces whilst also giving them a taste of campus life.
The University are currently in our third year of a contract with Albion’s Women’s DCA in which we provide physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, and lifestyle support. The aim is to enable the players to pursue multiple avenues for their futures, ensuring they have a transition away from football whenever that time comes and giving them the tools to understand and manage their own performance academically and physically.
Sport Brighton Talented Sports Performer (TSP) athlete Cerys Jones, who is also part of the DCA squad, said:
"During pro-week our squad were lucky enough to get to take full advantage of the facilities the University has to offer which was amazing as everything was within walking distance on campus. This was particularly perfect for me as the training pitch was right on my door step, allowing me to get extra sleep, which helped my recovery. This also meant my morning ran stress free as I didn’t have to worry about traffic to and from our usual Lancing location.
This was a great opportunity for us as the University offers a high quality 3G pitch, a gym, sport halls and analysis rooms which allowed us to complete all aspects of our training on one campus - making our training days run smoothly and without the hassle of moving between sites.
Another positive of this week was the workshops the university organised for us, these included a lot of useful and important information to not only develop us as athletes but also look at other aspects of our lives. Overall I think the week was a huge success and we all gained a lot from it."
Two other DCA squad players, Iesha Swaby and Josie Longhurst, are both current University of Brighton students on the TSP programme but didn’t take part as they were chosen to join the Women’s 1st team squad for training during this week.
This was the first of what we hope will be many opportunities to show local high performing athletes the benefits of being a student at the University can bring.