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Exercise and Sport Science Development Unit

The Exercise and Sport Science Development Unit (ESSDU) is designed to support the ongoing education of students and staff, by providing them with the relevant experience and qualifications in relation to their individual needs. Through relevant experience and gaining qualifications students will gain marketable skills which will increase their employability.

The ESSDU works in partnership with Cheshire East Council, Everybody Sport and Recreation Leisure Trust, Sport Cheshire, National Governing Bodies, professional and amateur clubs, as well as local schools and provide coaching providers.


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The ESSDU offers school pupils aged 12 – 18 the opportunity to sample a day as an Exercise and Sport Science student at MMU. The Taster Days give pupils an insight into life as a student at a Higher Education Institution.



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The ESSDU in partnership with MMU Sport offers students and staff opportunities to volunteering in the sport and leisure industry. We offer an extensive range of subsidised courses and workshops designed to help you develop skills closely mapped to sector standards. These are open to students, staff and members of public.

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The MMU Football Academy combines education and football in a development programme which enables 16-18 year old males to gain a nationally recognised sports qualification (equivalent to 3 A Levels) whilst training as a full time youth footballer.

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Exercise & Sport Science Building

The ESSDU co-ordinates the employment of students within the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Jobs4Students is a university wide services which facilitates the employment of students on a temporary basis. Students seeking employment whilst at university should visit the Jobs4Students website.

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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Students undertaking placements or voluntary opportunities working with children or vulnerable adults will be asked to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. We recommend any student who has to undertake a placement as part of their studies or who wishes to volunteer during their time at university to apply for a DBS check at the earliest opportunity. Contact us to arrange an appointment to complete an application form.

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