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Thomas Walton

Career Path: Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Oxford University
Location: Oxford, UK

I trained as a PE teacher and was surprised at the low levels of athletic development my pupils displayed and wanted so decided that this was something I wanted to change.

What are you doing now?

I am the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Oxford University where I coach a variety of the Blues teams as well as individual athletes who are competing at an international standard. As part of my role I also manage four other coaches.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Lectures with experts in their respective field, practicals and seminars with world-renowned coaches and team projects where we engaged with the wider student body.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

I interned at Gateshead College working with the athletics programme there and the Strength & Conditioning Team. This gave me valuable industry experience and an opportunity to apply the concepts we were learning in lectures in practice.

What was the best thing about your course?

The cohort - we worked together to help each other develop and we trained together to develop our technique. I am still in contact with many of my coursemates today.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

The MSc at Northumbria is know for developing Coaches with a great scientific background and also gives them the practical skills to apply these in practice.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Northern, scientific and development.

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