COMAST and Manchester Metropolitan University have developed a partnership between MMU Sport, the City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team and Manchester City Council.
With access to world-class facilities and international coaching at the Manchester Aquatics Centre, the partnership provides a performance pathway for athletes looking to combine studying with a professional competition and training programme.
This partnership reflects the ambitions of all involved to develop and support world-class athletes in Manchester. MMU Sport – currently supports 30 scholars and is proud to support para-swimmer Tully Kearney who will compete at this week’s British Championships on her Road to Rio.
Former Manchester Metropolitan University sport scholar and seven time Swiss champion, Martin Schweizer, trains and competes with the City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team, along with alumnus, Chris Steeples and Thomas Paine. Schweizer, who completed a BA in International Business and Marketing in 2015-16, benefitted from the MMU Sport Scholarship programme and praised the new partnership.
He said, “A partnership between City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team and MMU Sport has the potential to attract some of the best swimmers in the country. The quality of the swim team’s programme, the convenient location of the Manchester Aquatics Centre and the excellent services provided by the Sport Scholarship programme have really benefitted me and have helped me be a more professional athlete.”
Performance Sport Manager, Jérôme Read, said, “Building upon the investment in infrastructure at Manchester Metropolitan University, we are now entering an exciting phase of the institution’s development and performance sport is one of the focus areas. “Working with a world-class training club and facility will allow both organisations to meet our collective ambition to develop world-class athletes in a world-renowned sporting city.”
Head of Coaching at City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team and Strategic Lead on Aquatics in Manchester, Mark Rose, said, “The university, the city council and the City of the Manchester Aquatics Swim Team are looking forward to working together in order to maximise the student experience, alongside raising the levels of sporting performance.
“I am excited by the prospect of what we can achieve together and I see our partnership being a long-term game changer for our students and the sport within our city and beyond.”
Manchester Metropolitan University offers a tailored support package that allows top level athletes to gain a range of financial and lifestyle support to allow them to reach their academic and athletic potential. Visit the MMU sport website to read more about their scholarships.