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National centre for sport and exercise opens

10 July 2012 - 8:32am

The London branch of a £100m national centre of excellence for sport has been opened by Sir Clive Woodward, former England rugby coach and now director of elite performance at the British Olympic Association.

The Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health at University College London (UCL) is one of three regional centres of the National Sports and Exercise Medicine Centre of Excellence, which will focus on research and treatment for both elite athletes and the wider exercising population.
 
The centre, which has received £30m of government funding, will also play a role in promoting the benefits of physical activity to help treat existing conditions.
 
Clinical specialist physiotherapist Bruce Paton is a lower limb extended scope practitioner at University College London Hospital, which will work closely with the institute,  said physios would be involved in teaching a Masters in Sports Medicine, Exercise and Health.
 
He said there would also be scope for physios to work on the Institute’s research programme once it had been determined.
 
The UCL Institute, which works with the British Olympic Association, and the English Institute of Sport, brings together a number of bodies that are already carrying out exercise-related research at UCL.
 
These include the John Scales Centre for Biomedical Engineering, and the Institute of Human Performance.

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