NSWRL  chief executive David Trodden helps launch the new degree at SCU Coffs Harbour.
NSWRL chief executive David Trodden helps launch the new degree at SCU Coffs Harbour.

City's record of sporting excellence leads to new SCU degree

A NEW degree in Sport and Exercise Science will be offered at Southern Cross University's Coffs Harbour campus from next year.

The new opportunity was launched at the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort Elite Training Centre by David Trodden, chief executive officer of NSW Rugby League, and Professor David Lynch, head of the Coffs Harbour campus.

"We have strong links with Coffs Harbour City Council which has a strategic focus on developing the sports sector locally," Professor Lynch said.

"We believe this new degree is a perfect fit for the city and will provide new education opportunities for students without having to leave home."

He said while Coffs Harbour is attracting national and international sports events, the city is developing a reputation as a centre for sports excellence.

"The facility at Novotel Pacific Bay, which is currently home to the NSW Blues Rugby League side, is a great example," he said.

"Through our degree we aim to provide the sports professionals to support the development of this important industry."

Under David Trodden's leadership, NSW won the State of Origin series last year for the first time in eight years.

He was named NSW Sports Administrator of the Year for 2014 while NSW Blues sports scientist Dr Craig Duncan was named the Exercise and Sport Science Australia's (ESSA) 2014 Sport Scientist of Year.

"The contribution of our sports scientists was critical to our victory in the 2014 State of Origin series," Mr Trodden said.

"Elite sports can no longer hope to have sustained success without high quality exercise and sports science advice.

"I commend Southern Cross University's Coffs Harbour campus for offering a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science degree next year.

"Adding to the knowledge base in this area can only be to the benefit of everyone who is involved in sport." \

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science which is currently offered at the Lismore and Gold Coast campuses is a three-year degree.

For full information about the course and how to apply visit www.scu.edu.au/futurestudents



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