University of Exeter Athletics Club
Making its Mark-University of Exeter Athletics Club awarded England Athletics Bronze Charter Mark
On the 3rd of December Exeter University had the honour of being one of the first universities to be awarded the new England Athletics Charter Mark.
Achieving a bronze mark, the University has been recognised for the high standards of support that it offers for athletes competing in all events; including “bursaries, excellent training facilities, highly qualified staff, high performance gyms, sports science support and pastoral guidance” – and so much more! University of Exeter Sport, in collaboration with England Athletics is devoted to helping student athletes thrive, making universities that will be able to provide the facilities and foundations for athlete development. In an effort to continue progress and maintain athletic participation at university, the charter mark has been established to signpost athletes who are keen to maintain a dual career pathway and keep moving forward in the sport they love.
The University Athletics Club is not only one of the most welcoming and inclusive sports clubs at Exeter, but it is also dedicated to aiding the transition of already established athletes from home to university, supporting athletes though both a crucial and exciting time in their competitive journeys:
“University of Exeter has established itself as a welcoming and increasingly successful athletics environment in recent years. Accessing high quality university facilities, the university works with coaches and local clubs to provide training and competitive opportunities and its ambitions are evident in the fact that its hosting the BUCS cross country championships in 2019. The campus offers parkland for endurance running and new state of the art facilities for conditioning and indoor work.”
As the club continues to grow, both in the BUCS circuit and beyond it is proud and privileged to be able to nurture a wide range of athletes and maintain quality assured provision to those who need it most.
Lynne Duval, University Coordinator for England Athletics, said, “The transition to university life is a significant one which comes at an important stage of a young person’s athletic development. While the athlete, along with people such as their parents and coach, have a range of factors that they should be considering when choosing a University we recognise that the Charter Mark has an important role to play in helping to inform these decisions. We are fortunate that there are very good universities that can help athletes thrive in a student environment and want to congratulate the first three universities awarded the Charter Mark status.”
"Exeter University Athletics Club has worked hard over several years to develop its provision and there is a thriving club atmosphere and a great range of facilities for its student-athletes. We are confident that athletes will have a positive training and competitive environment at the university."
Date: 24 July 2018