A-League placement is a roaring success for USQ duo
TWO University of Southern Queensland Springfield students are kicking all the right goals while gaining industry experience at one of the country's biggest football clubs.
Sport and Exercise students Mark Pearson and Sam Murray have been working with A-League club Brisbane Roar as part of their professional placement experience.
Mr Pearson and Mr Murray completed an internship at the Western Pride Football Club last semester under the supervision of head coach Karl Dodd.
Mr Dodd was appointed the Brisbane Roar's high performance manager in July and he had no hesitation in bringing on the two students so they could continue to learn and develop their skills.
Mr Pearson said working within a professional sports club had given him the opportunity to integrate his studies with real work life experience and gain an insight into the different facets of the sport on and off the field.
"This opportunity has allowed me to understand the inner workings of a professional club, the daily pressures, the importance of warm-ups, strength and conditioning, injury rehab, nutrition and collecting data using GPS," he said.
Both students attend at least one training session each week.
Mr Murray said the most enjoyable part of the placement was seeing the role of the coaches and support staff.
"Being involved in a competitive environment has opened my eyes to hundreds of other aspects of individual and team performance I never would have considered without taking part in this placement," he said.
"The players have been easy to get along with and working with Karl, who is someone I look up to, has given me the drive and motivation to continue my education at USQ."
USQ Senior Lecturer Dr Robert Crowther said both students had benefited a lot from their time in the workplace.
"Not many students get the opportunity to see what happens in a professional sports club so I expect Mark and Sam will learn a lot from this amazing opportunity," he said.
The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise degree allows students to gain the skills and knowledge needed for a career in the health, fitness and sports performance.