Forty sports students from City College Norwich have become the latest ambassadors for clean sport after successfully completing a UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) course.
The UKAD Accredited Adviser course equips the students to inform athletes, from amateur to elite competitors, as well as athlete support personnel, about the values of clean sport and important anti-doping information.
Anti-doping is typically not covered by sports science students until they reach degree level, but sports staff at the college believe that anti-doping and clean sport are vitally important topics for all students heading for a career in the sport.
The misuse of performance enhancing substances is not just a problem at the top levels of elite sport, but is something that students might encounter at any level of competitive sport, in gyms, or other fitness settings.
The course is not only about developing students’ understanding of the problem of doping, it is about promoting the values of clean sport and the many other ways sports performance can be enhanced safely and legally - such as through nutrition.
Level 3 Sports and Exercise Science student Ben Brighton, who is interested in a career in coaching and youth development in professional football, feels the UKAD course has broadened his knowledge of anti-doping:
“The course has shown me how easy it is for people to get stuck into the trap of using performance enhancing drugs. It happens a lot more than we realise.”
Sixteen-year-old Ben, from Norwich, hopes that having the UKAD qualification on his CV will stand him in good stead for his future:
“Having this UKAD qualification, together with other coaching qualifications, First Aid, will help me stand out. If I do well on this course, and have those additional qualifications, it gives me a better chance to get into my chosen university. It’s another string to your bow.”
City College Norwich sports science lecturer Jason Fligg commented:
“We are training aspiring sports practitioners who will go on to work with sportspeople who might have been tempted to try performance enhancing substances. By taking this qualification, and embracing the values of UKAD’s 100% Me campaign, these students can play their part in promoting clean sport – reducing the health risks to athletes and supporting the integrity of competitive sport.”